Public invited to review South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan As winter hangs on in the mountains, a new study out of Appalachian State University is measuring how road salt impacts local waterways. When it snows in the NC mountains, tons of salt are laid down on the roads. The salt keeps the roads safe for travel, reducing accidents by 51 to 88 percent. Once the snow is gone, however, the salt dissolves and is carried into streams. For the past decade, Appalachian State University has been monitoring the salinity of the water and the soil of eight streams that flow into the Upper South Fork New River by measuring it for conductivity. Because saltier water conducts more electricity, conductivity can be measured to determine how much salt is in the water. Researchers have found that the streams get so salty in the winter months that the water is equivalent to estuarine water at the coast—where the rivers meet the ocean. The fish and insects that live in the streams aren’t evolved to live in salty water, so sensitive species like trout, mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies are affected. To keep the salt runoff down, the city of Boone, NC is experimenting with a mixture of 80 percent salt brine and 20 percent beet juice. The cost of beet juice is significantly higher, and its impact on conductivity is unknown. The public is invited to review and provide comments on the draft 2019 South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan. Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staff and the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council prepare a plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes management strategies and determines needed funding. Since the program began in 1981, over 190,000 acres of invasive aquatic vegetation in public waters have been controlled to improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, public recreational access, and drinking water supplies. Comments or suggestions must be submitted in writing or by email and received by March 30, 2019. The plan is available to review at www.dnr.sc.gov/invasiveweeds/draftplan.html. Comments can be submitted to Chris Page at [email protected] North Carolina study finds that road salt impacts local waterways 44th Annual Assault on Mt. Mitchell sold out The 2019 Assault on Mt. Mitchell, one of the premier cycling experiences in the southeast, is sold out. Organizers are offering a special for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell’s shorter race, the Assault on Marion, a 74.2-mile ride from downtown Spartanburg, SC to the Tom Johnson Campground in Marion, NC. Marion registrants will have the opportunity to register early for the 2020 Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Now through March 31, the registration fee for the Assault on Marion is $55, increasing to $60 from April 1- May 17.
Related Stories Boeheim’s Army takes down Basketball City NYC, 87-59, to advance to Round of 32NBA Summer League, uncle’s wedding and Boeheim’s Army star — all in a day’s work for C.J. FairBoeheim’s Army honors late Pearl Washington with jersey patch and warm-up shirts Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Triche flung the ball up in the air as he strutted toward the foul line with just over a second left, two foul shots ahead of him and the game virtually sealed. He had just skied for the most important rebound of the game that was separated by only two points for the final minutes.Triche hit both and second-seeded Boeheim’s Army escaped with an 86-82 victory over No. 7 seed North Broad Street Bullies, a group of Temple alumni. Boeheim’s Army advances to the Super 16, where they’ll face The Untouchables (Pittsburgh alumni) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia.Boeheim’s Army jumped out to a 10-2 lead for the second time in less than 24 hours, courtesy of a pair of Hakim Warrick fadeaway jumpers, a Triche 3 and an Eric Devendorf lay-in. Devendorf then had a mini-takeover, hitting a layup on top of a foul, drawing a foul and hitting a foul shot on the next possession, driving and dishing to Darryl Watkins for a layup and hitting a 3 from the top of the key to give Boeheim’s Army a 21-13 lead.Whatever Devendorf said toward the crowd after hitting the shot, it made Terrence Roberts and C.J. Fair laugh after the North Broad Street Bullies were forced to call a timeout.Vintage Warrick then went on a stretch of his own, throwing down a tomahawk dunk that rivaled his posterization yesterday and flying through the air to block a corner 3 – eerily similar to his game-sealer in the 2003 national title.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA pair of transition buckets by Brandon Triche and Devendorf stretched the lead to 11, but the Temple alumni cut their deficit to seven, 39-32, by the half, before beginning the second frame on an 8-0 run to take a 40-39 lead.But courtesy of another spurt by Devendorf and a bevy of offensive rebounds by Baye Moussa Keita, Boeheim’s Army went on a 7-0 run of their own to grab a 46-40 lead. Keita had to be corralled by Devendorf after protesting a call and then by Roberts after another. “Let it go, let it go,” he told Keita, after Keita even complained about a call that went his way.He wasn’t the offensive force of Saturday, but Keita shouldered a workman’s load down low to give Boeheim’s Army second- and third-chance opportunities and kept North Broad Street at bay. When Keita exited, Watkins took over down low, grabbing offensive boards and putting one back in to widen the lead after the Temple alumni cut it to two.With 29.2 seconds left and Boeheim’s Army still leading by only two, they called a timeout but were unable to get a shot off before the shot clock expired. The Temple alumni weren’t able to capitalize on their final possession, keeping the dream of $2 million alive for the Syracuse alumni. Comments