Rob Pavey blogs green issues and the outdoors life

By: Rob Pavey on March 3, 2009 - 12:09pm - Add new comment


It was a faded photo of an Augusta family during the Great Depression, but we didn’t know their names. Today, I got a phone call—from the infant shown in his father’s arms seven decades ago.

By: Rob Pavey on February 22, 2009 - 10:23am - Add new comment

Almost 18 years after the bodies of Linda Williams and her son Shaun were found in their van in Sumter National Forest, justice finally caught up with the man who murdered them.

What you’re about to read is the true story of how it almost didn’t happen.

Friday’s execution of Luke Williams III was carried out quietly—and humanely—by a lethal injection of drugs and sedatives, even though his victims—his own wife and son—died a much more violent death.

By: Rob Pavey on February 12, 2009 - 6:23pm - Add new comment

Now that the Augusta Canal is drained, and Augusta is pumping its drinking water directly from the Savannah River, a key component of the canal’s normal flow is absent from faucets all over town.

What’s missing? Treated sewage.

Yucky as it sounds, the canal—Augusta’s drinking water source for the past century—is also the conduit used by Columbia County to dispose of 3.5 to 4 million gallons of treated sewage each day.

By: Rob Pavey on February 5, 2009 - 5:35pm - Add new comment

There was an interesting report released earlier this month by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service dealing with the plight of the endangered Florida panther.

With barely 80 to 100 of the big cats left clinging to existence in an ever-shrinking portion of south Florida, scientists are always on the lookout for the best ways to save the species from extinction.

The latest idea, included in the government’s newly revised Florida Panther Recovery Plan, calls for spreading out the remaining population by reintroducing the cats to suitable areas within their once-huge home range.

By: Rob Pavey on January 29, 2009 - 2:00pm - Add new comment

I’d rather see a bald eagle than a good movie.

Why? They’re as fascinating today as they were in 1782, when the Second Continental Congress made them our national symbol. They live 40 years or more, grow wingspans up to eight feet, build nests weighing a ton or more and can soar at altitudes up to 10,000 feet.

This winter, they are turning up in record numbers across the Augusta area.

By: Rob Pavey on January 25, 2009 - 3:57pm - Add new comment

Ever wondered how Olin makes chlorine? Next week’s Discovery Channel program, HowStuffWorks, features the company’s modern—and mercury-free—plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

“Because we have a production facility in your area, we believe local residents could be interested in watching,” said a news release sent to us this week from Olin’s corporate headquarters.

By: Rob Pavey on January 22, 2009 - 4:25pm - Add new comment

Bottle collectors and a few anglers I know are excited about next week’s draining of the Augusta Canal. The local wildlife hasn’t weighed in, however, and a local attorney named Robert Mullins has decided to speak for them.

Mr. Mullins, who lives on Lake Olmstead, is concerned that draining the seven-mile waterway will render resident ducks homeless and—more importantly—threaten some of the federally endangered species he believes might live nearby.

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