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SustainableGwinnett | Tips for environmentally safe Spring cleaning

Gwinnett County -- Sustainable Gwinnett is concerned about managing hazardous household waste within Gwinnett County.  Throughout the year they hold workshops and sponsor recycling events.  They are currently offering tips for a clean and safe Spring Cleaning.

Spring is quickly approaching, and along with warmer weather comes spring cleaning. This is a good time to get to the back of the closet or to that top shelf to clear out the old and make way for the new. Now that everything has been sorted in the keep, donate, and throw away piles, what do you do with the stuff that you can't put in the garbage, like that half-used can of flamingo pink paint or old batteries from your Walkman?  

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Gwinnett celebrates America Recycles Day

Gwinnett celebrates America Recycles Day

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett officials are planning the county's second annual America Recycles Day celebration.

Hosted by the Gwinnett County Solid Waste Division, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves.

"This event emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability for the future of Gwinnett County, in addition to giving back to those in need," said Tom Keith, director of the Solid Waste Division.

In addition to recycling, paper shredding, tire disposal and electronics turn-in, the celebration will include touch-a-truck displays, family activities, giveaways and refreshments. There will be a $10 fee to recycle televisions; everything else is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food for the Salvation Army.

Coolray Field is located at 1 Braves Avenue in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center holds Sustainable Gingerbread House competition

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center holds Sustainable Gingerbread House competition

Gwinnett County - for the 2nd time the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is holding a community gingerbread house competition.  The competition is open to families, schools, adults, and even professional bakers. There are different categories for each to keep the judging fair. Wouldn't you like to be a judge... More info is in the press release below:

Green Gingerbread Houses - is there such a thing? Who doesn’t love making adorable gingerbread houses with the family or looking at the intricate works of professional gingerbread house architects?

“Imagine building your dream house with all the sustainable features possible.

Drought spreads into North Georgia

Drought spreads into North Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into North Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

In his most recent reports on the drought, Stooksbury said the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising. Unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, Georgia's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

RAW VIDEO: Lawrenceville Brush Fire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Early Monday afternoon, Gwinnett County firefighters responded to a brush fire on Interstate 85 Southbound, just north of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwannee.

Emergency crews discovered and contained about two-acres of brush on fire in an area between the interstate and Saw Mill Road.

Authorities say there were no immediate exposure hazards and that no vehicles or structures were damaged.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.