Rob Pavey blogs green issues and the outdoors life

By: Rob Pavey on August 10, 2009 - 5:29pm - Add new comment

As much as everyone says it couldn’t happen, it could. And last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue all but said so himself.

I’m talking about metro Atlanta’s perennial pickle over its source of future drinking water, and whether the city might someday turn its thirsty eyes toward the Savannah River Basin.

By: Rob Pavey on July 30, 2009 - 11:04am - Add new comment

Opening day dove shoots at Georgia’s wildlife management areas are legendary in terms of the quality of the hunts. Unfortunately, that same popularity has also made some of them overcrowded.

This year, all that will change, and here’s what you need to know to get a jump on the competition.

“We’ve had huge crowds at some of the public field, mostly on opening day, so we’re making changes for opening day to a quota system,” said Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologist Vic VanSant.

By: Rob Pavey on July 24, 2009 - 10:20am - Add new comment

There aren’t many places where a national repository for thousands of tons of unwanted mercury could be established without creating a stir, but one of them is just a few miles from Augusta.

Savannah River Site is just one of seven possible venues under evaluation by the U.S. Energy Department for such a project, which environmental watchdogs say would be a relatively minor addition to a site that already handles plenty of dangerous stuff.

By: Rob Pavey on June 26, 2009 - 4:59pm - Add new comment

It was out of place in a desolate clearing. It was beyond strange. It was no place for a baby grand.

Yet there it was: one of those odd things you encounter on roads less traveled. This one was in Lincoln County, where I was picking up our youngest son from a camp at the lake.

It was weathered, with ivory keys separating and falling to the ground. Its legless frame was propped by cinderblocks—three on one side, two on the other. Its awkward angle enhanced its lapse into decay.

By: Rob Pavey on June 25, 2009 - 11:04am - Add new comment

Each year, we do a story on consumption advisories for fish in local waters, and each year, those stories never fail to attract attention and stir debate—and raise new questions.

Earlier this week, in our print editions, we reported on the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control’s newly updated list of advisories on how much fish we could eat from various rivers and lakes—and still be safe from toxic mercury.

By: Rob Pavey on June 15, 2009 - 4:10pm - Add new comment

What will your children be when they grow up? If there is a simple, one-word answer, it has to be “employed.”
Beyond that, of course, the possibilities are endless. Parents also want their grown kids to be happy, fulfilled and close to home.
Last week, I had the pleasure of pointing out one of my print-edition stories to our twins, who turned 16 this year and are starting to zero in on what they plan to do as adults.

By: Rob Pavey on June 4, 2009 - 11:53am - Add new comment

Georgia hasn’t been clobbered by a major hurricane in more than a century, but 20 years after our narrow escape from Hurricane Hugo, oddsmakers say we’re as vulnerable as ever.

I was pondering that fact the other day while reading an Associated Press report on the “official” start of the 2009 hurricane season on Monday, June 1. It occurred to me that most Georgians don’t have a clue about major storms, simply because we’ve never experienced one during our lifetimes.

By: Rob Pavey on May 29, 2009 - 2:12pm - Add new comment

I was talking with my old friend Dale Hollins the other day and he mentioned how much fun he had wandering up and down the Augusta Canal’s empty channel during the 10 weeks it was drained.
Among the litter and muck, he found some interesting antique bottles, a few tools—and an old revolver, shrouded in decades of rust. It looked like something salvaged by divers from a sunken ship.
“I’d love to know the story behind this thing,” he said. “It’s obviously been in there a long time.”

By: Rob Pavey on May 24, 2009 - 4:59pm - Add new comment

When is the last time you picked wild blackberries? If you’re interested in trying it again, your window of opportunity opens this week.

Here in Georgia, the best berry picking often lasts until late June, or even early July. This year, with so much rain, some of the blackberries are early. Look for them on roadsides, powerlines and clearcuts.

The ones I’ve been watching for the past month are scattered along the edge of an old pasture where my wife and I take evening walks. In early May there were flowers, followed by clusters of tiny, green berries.

By: Rob Pavey on May 19, 2009 - 12:13pm - Add new comment

Savannah River Site is widely known as a repository for some of the most dangerous nuclear waste on the planet—but it is also a place where nature endures.

Just ask Whit Gibbons. The affable University of Georgia ecologist emeritus has studied the site’s wildlife since the 1960s and has published scores of books and articles about nature’s remarkable co-existence with man.

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