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VOL. XVI, NO. 12
4/14/98 - 4/27/98
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Inside:
Editorial
Life Forms
Letters to the Editor
Community Calendar
Relocation Revisited
Future Studies
Doonesbury
Healing and the Word
Promo Pipeline
Brother Cane
Events, Etc.
Gary James Interview
Modern Composer
Comic Books
Mobile Then & Now
Dr. Jomo
Me No Hablo Tongues
Evil of Two Lessers

GOOD NEWS - Greater Agency Collaboration And Public Participation
BAD NEWS - They Have A Tough Task Ahead

by Edmund Tsang

Most participants at the April 2 meeting of the Citizen Advisory Committee were genuinely optimistic about the state of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (NEP) and its mission to protect the estuarine system of Mobile Bay. Although more than half the people present at the meeting are still officials (public and private), many citizen participants spoke at the end of the meeting to say they finally feel, after initial skepticism, that "something will be done" as a result of the NEP program.

Danny Calametti, community coordinator for Mobile Bay NEP, summed it up best when he said Mobile Bay NEP has finally gone past "the process phase," in which, to both participants and outside observers, the program seemed to be spinning its wheels. The Mobile Bay NEP is now at a point where everyone who is interested in Mobile Bay can look at the available data on the ecological status of the bay, Calametti said, and make informed decisions on a comprehensive management plan for Mobile Bay.

Calametti reported that the local office of two state environmental agencies, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (ADCNR), are now coordinating their monitoring efforts to increase overall monitoring capability. Calametti also said a "Report to Stakeholders" meeting will be held on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Convention Center to report the results of initial tests conducted to characterize the bay, such as water quality, habitat loss, living resources, and human uses. [_Full_Story_]


The Four Elements of the Apocalypse

by Neil S. Milligan

The ancient Greeks originated the idea that four elements make up the entire universe. The Four Horsemen in the book of Revelations foretell of imminent destruction of the world, great devastation and the salvation of the righteous. Eco-activists lobby for four environmental rights: clean air, clean water, clean soil and clean energy. Just coincidence? Only that and no more: an ecosystem collapse will be total with no "salvation of the righteous." When this ship strikes the iceberg there are no lifeboats for any of us, rich or poor, pious or sinful, green or greedy. [_Full_Story_]


Joining the Fray

by Neil S. Milligan

There are literally thousands of environmental advocacy groups, from the corporate-sized to the neighborhood grassroots. Following is a brief cross-section of some with a local presence. [_Full_Story_]


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