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DENR: Dan River Insects Downstream Of Coal Ash Spill Appear To Be Thriving PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 05:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A late October sample of Dan River water shows that aquatic insect communities in an area downstream from the Feb. 2 coal ash spill appear to be doing well.
 
The test was conducted the N.C. Division of Water Resources on Oct. 28. The sample looked at benthic macroinvertebrates, or small insects and other invertebrate animals that live on or near the bottom of the Dan River. Benthic macroinvertebrate species diversity and population estimates provide an excellent indicator of the overall health of a body of water.

“This is the first testing we have done designed to specifically gauge the ecological health and biodiversity downstream of the spill site after Feb. 2,” said Tom Reeder, director of the N.C. Division of Water Resources in a statement. “Since the coal ash spill, we have been concerned about the health of the creatures living in the Dan River. We are pleasantly surprised but still cautiously optimistic about these results and are continuing to conduct several types of tests as part of our ongoing health assessment of the river. Certainly, this is very good news for anyone concerned about the ecological health of the Dan River.”

 Evaluating this animal community’s species diversity and relative pollution tolerance is a long-standing, scientifically defensible measure used to indicate the overall biological condition of a body of water. This method of sampling is routinely used to determine if waters are impaired under the Clean Water Act and also to rate of the quality of the waters. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 05:50
 
Concord Regional Airport Snags More Allegiant Flights PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2014 06:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Allegiant Air is increasing its footprint at Concord Regional Airport. The low-cost airline has added two more flights per week from Orlando and will soon fly twice weekly from Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, according to the state Department of Commerce.

Allegiant has transported 30,000 passengers since arriving at the airport last year.

The budget airline flies from around 100 smaller, regional airports to popular vacation destinations like Florida and Las Vegas.

The airport has seen a 150 percent increase in commercial operations since 2012. In addition to Allegiant’s passenger flights, Concord handles business charter flights, scheduled charter flights for NASCAR and other sports teams, cargo operations and more. It is a major economic driver for the area.

Commerce reports that the regional airport has an economic impact to the region of more than $175 million per year and supports more than 1,900 jobs. 

 
First Section Of Winston-Salem Northern Beltway Underway PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Governor Pat McCrory joined the groundbreaking for the first section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in Forsyth County.

The project has been awarded a $154 million contract for the 4-mile section of the eastern part of the Beltway between U.S. 158 and U.S. 421/Business 40 by the state Department of Transportation.

Construction for the project can start as early as December 1. The road should be open to traffic by Nov. 1, 2018.

“This is an important first step, not only for the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, but also in the continued development of the entire I-74 corridor to better connect people with jobs, education and health care,” said DOT Secretary Tony Tata in a statement marking the beginning of the project.

Eventually, the Beltway will provide a 34-mile multi-lane freeway around the northern side of Winston-Salem. The rest of the eastern section of the Beltway will connect U.S. 311 southeast of the city to U.S. 52, and will become a part of the I-74 corridor when finished. The western section will continue around to U.S. 158 on the southwestern side of the city.

 
Amy Bason Promoted To Deputy Director Of NC Association of County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The General Counsel to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners has been promoted to Deputy Director of the group. Amy Bason will continue as Counsel when she assumes new duties.

Bason has been with the organization since 2011, when she served as Legislative Counsel. She was later promoted to General Counsel.

Patrice Roesler will also continue to serve as Deputy Director, overseeing the Education and Conferences Department.

Bason was recognized in July 2012 as one of the top 60 lobbyists for 2011-12 by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Prior to joining the NCACC, Bason served as the General Counsel to the N.C. State Senate Majority Leader’s office.

 
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