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Children’s Discovery Garden takes root Saturday at WOW! Children’s Museum

Garden Boulder Daily Camera

A grand opening for the Children's Discovery Garden took place Saturday.
'Saturday morning, Lisa Atallah , an executive director at Garden to Table, helped children make indents in the dirt of a brand new garden bed at Lafayette’s WOW! Children’s Museum. Children followed her lead in careful folding carrot, beet, bean and chard seeds into the soil. “Now when you come back to WOW! Children’s Museum, you can see them grow,” Atallah said. Planting seeds with Garden to Table, an elementary program geared at teaching youth about health and nature, was one of many that sparked the imaginations of children during the debut of the Children’s Discovery Garden at the museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave. Formerly a courtyard with a small play area,  the new garden features an array of sensory, horticulture and outdoor exercise activities for children. Dozens of youth descended upon the new space to check it out Saturday. They mixed leaves and pine cones with water at a newly created mud kitchen and observed insects crawling inside a bug apartment — a birdhouse like structure designed for six- and eight-legged creatures. At a bubble station, they created streams of suds using a plastic water bottle and a sock. They also played on a variety of tree stumps and with musical instruments. After securing a $75,000 grant in February from the Colorado Garden, children’s museum officials began working to transform the enclosed courtyard space into an outdoor learning and play environment for children. BrightView Landscapes and the Namaste Foundation also helped to bring the garden to fruition. Darcy Morel, the museum’s interim executive director, said part of the process to design the garden included gathering community feedback to provide ideas for the space. To see children playing in the garden, after all that work, was a good feeling, she said. “We are very, very excited,” Morel said. “It’s been a long time coming and the result of a lot of community outreach activities that we have done over the last two years (to) kind of make the community’s wishes and dreams come true.” Katie MacDonald, the museum’s marketing director, echoed this sentiment. “Our members really said they wanted an engaging outdoor space,” MacDonald said. “We had a small outdoor space before … but we wanted to make it more engaging and cohesive.” MacDonald added that effort was to provide an “unstructured play” environment, where children could use their imagination. They also hope the garden aids children in learning about the process of growing food and perhaps, interest them in eating more vegetables. A sample plate of beets, carrots and peas was available Saturday and a number of children flocked to try them. The garden area will also serve as a place for workshops and outdoor activities, like story time under a tree. Its completion is phase one in other transformations at the museum. Some of the Colorado Garden Foundation funds were earmarked for the creation of a community art garden. Morel said they will be working with the city of Lafayette for its creation. She anticipates it opening next summer. Inside the museum, children can explore a variety of play structures, engage in hands-on educational activities. “Being outdoors is really important for kids and for everybody,” MacDonald said. “It was really important for us to connect the outdoor learning with the indoor learning.” The garden will be open year-round and there is no additional admission fee to use it. To learn more about Wow! Children’s Museum, those interested can visit wowchildrensmuseum.org .'

Vos Previews Assembly’s Fall Agenda

Garden urbanmilwaukee.com

Possible legislation in three areas: water quality, suicide prevention and adoption.
'Robin Vos. Photo by Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Democratic and Republican legislators do a Weekly Radio Address, addressing what they see as the “hot” issue each week. You won’t be surprised to learn from earlier  coverage  in the Wisconsin Examiner this week that the topic chosen by Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) is “ Fair Maps for a Fair Wisconsin . ” The key example of the consequence of unfair maps, as she sees it, is that 70% of the public overwhelmingly supports Medicaid expansion, yet Wisconsin Republicans continue to vehemently reject taking federal dollars for expansion. Says Vining, “Legislators are ignoring this directive from their constituents because there is no electoral consequence for failing to act.” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) gives the GOP  address : “Budget Successes and Current Initiatives.” He starts, “Thanks to Republican leadership we have a conservative budget that doesn’t expand welfare and reduces taxes on the middle class.” And with budget work done, he sheds light on pieces of the fall agenda, noting that three task forces are touring the state this summer gathering input on water quality, suicide prevention and adoption.” He says the recommendations will be turned into laws in the fall. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association makes audio transcripts of both Republican and Democratic addresses available every week on its  website . Reprinted with permission of  Wisconsin Examiner .'

Trump’s New Helicopter Has a Flaw: It Scorches the White House Lawn

Garden Fortune

The Navy and Lockheed Martin Corp. are working to fix a “high risk” problem after the new Marine One scorched the lawn in a test without the president on board.
'The presidential helicopter isn’t supposed to leave scorch marks on the White House lawn. So the Navy and Lockheed Martin Corp. are working to fix a “high risk” problem after the new Marine One did just that in a test without the president on board. The first in a $5 billion fleet of new Marine One helicopters is supposed to be ready to go into service by September 2020. President Donald Trump already has showcased the new aircraft with a flyover during his Fourth of July appearance in Washington. The previously undisclosed episode occurred last September, during a test “conducted in a manner very different than normal Marine Helicopter Squadron One operations to the White House South Lawn,” Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a spokesman for the Pentagon’s testing office, said in an email. He said the cause of the incident involving the helicopter, which is designated VH-92A, was under investigation and more information will be released when it’s available. Greg Kuntz, a spokesman for the Naval Air Systems Command, said that “under certain conditions, the VH-92A exhaust can impact a grass landing zone,” and “discoloration of landing zone grass occurred” during the September test. The Navy, which labeled the problem “high risk,” projects that the helicopter will eventually meet all its key performance requirements. But the Government Accountability Office said in an April report that it “has yet to demonstrate performance requirements related to landing zone suitability, which includes a requirement to land on the White House South Lawn without causing damage to the lawn.” The Navy’s “assessment of this risk has increased since our last report” and “according to program officials, Lockheed’s Sikorsky unit expects to have a solution for this requirement by November 2020,” according to the GAO. That’s after the helicopter is supposed to be declared ready for initial operations. No Other Incidents No lawn damage resulted from 13 other White House test flights the same day in September and more this year, according to the Navy, including a June 14 landing when Trump inspected the helicopter. The Navy plans to buy as many as 23 of the new aircraft at a cost of about $214 million each, including research and development, training devices and government-furnished equipment. The fleet is used used to transport the president and vice president in Washington and when they travel, in tandem with Air Force One planes. Presidents have traveled by helicopter since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office. The present Marine One program replaced an  ill-fated effort  that was canceled in 2009 after its projected cost more than doubled to $13 billion. The Navy last month approved limited production, awarding a $542 million contract to Sikorsky to build six helicopters. Sikorsky was given a $1.1 billion development contract in 2014. Dave Banquer, Sikorsky’s VH-92A program director, said in an email that the program is on track to meet required milestones on or ahead of schedule. Forget Blankets In the meantime, the Defense Contract Management Agency said in an assessment earlier this year that one option to avoid damage to the lawn had already been discarded: Protecting it or other landing areas “by staking down a protective blanket.” “The amount of time needed to place and secure the blanket would make this option impractical,” the agency said. More must-read stories from Fortune : —What to expect from the second Democratic debate —Who wins and loses as White House withdraws drug rebate plan —A new holding center for migrant children is open in Texas —Fed Chairman Powell: If Trump asks me to leave, I won’t — Tom Steyer mastered markets and now he wants to topple Trump Get up to speed on your morning commute with Fortune ’s CEO Daily newsletter.'

Tritium pollution: in Paris 'tap water can be consumed'

Garden Archy Worldys

On Twitter, the prefecture of Île-de-France categorically denied the rumors of radioactive contamination of tap water. 'The values ​​observed so far do not show any risk to public health,' she reassures.
'On Twitter, the prefecture of Île-de-France categorically denied the rumors of radioactive contamination of tap water. \'The values ​​observed so far do not show any risk to public health,\' she reassures.Tap water can therefore be consumed without restriction. \' The tweet also states that no prefectural decree was taken by the prefect of Paris.This is the rumor that circulated on social networks, after the Twitter broadcast of an audio message from a woman claiming to be a nurse.She warned about the presence of \'titanium\' in the water, explaining that the hospital Bichat had received a prefectural order. \'A false information,\' confirmed the prefecture to AFP.Denial of the presence of #tritium in drinking water: no prefectural decree was taken by the prefect of Paris.The values ​​observed to date do not show any risk to public health @ARS_IDF . The tap water can therefore be consumed without restriction. – Prefect of Île-de-France, prefect of Paris (@ Prefet75_IDF) July 19, 2019 The same is true at Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP): \'We have obviously not received any order of any kind relating to water contamination\'.The public body has told AFP have \'received many calls worried especially in the Samu\' Friday night.As for the author of the rumor message, the AP-HP claimed to be unaware of its identity, adding: \'In view of the fact that we are implicated, we reserve the right to lodge a complaint and to give a judicial follow-up. \' The reference threshold has not been exceeded Eau de Paris, the public company that manages drinking water in Paris, also stressed the absence of risks \'in the short, medium and long term\'. \'Tritium is present at infinitesimal doses in the water,\' she reassures on Twitter.According to the measurements carried out between 2016 and 2019, \'the average threshold recorded in Paris since 2016 varies between 0 and 1.22 (Becquerel per liter),\' the organization recalls on its website.Well below the quality reference in France, set at 100 Bq / L.Which is itself 100 times lower than the 10,000 Bq / L reference value recommended by the WHO, \'says Eau de Paris.Figures that recognized the ACRO (Association for the Control of Radioactivity in the West) Wednesday.Denouncing radioactive \'contamination\' of drinking water, she acknowledged that \'no value exceeds the quality criterion of 100 Bq / L established by the health authorities\'.Newsletter Paris Every morning, the news of your department seen by Le Parisien The Regional Health Agency, which has retweeted the denial of the prefecture, conducts monthly analyzes of the radiological quality of water.The results, public, are available on the website of the Ministry of Health. . The post Tritium pollution: in Paris \'tap water can be consumed\' appeared first on Archy Worldys .'

Water Veteran Tracy Quinn Nominated to Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors

Garden California Water News Daily

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Tracy Quinn to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. Quinn currently serves as the California Director of Water Efficiency for the
'Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Tracy Quinn to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. Quinn currently serves as the California Director of Water Efficiency for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Quinn is a graduate of Cornell University having earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and biological engineering. She is a registered civil engineer in California and is based in Santa Monica. In her position at NRDC Quinn has helped pass several pieces of legislation to help California build local water reserves; improve statewide conservation tactics; and help implement more stringent water conservation codes for buildings. Her practice area has encompassed a wide range of water-related issues, including resources planning, infrastructure design, and industrial compliance with regulations. Quinn has recently focused on the unique efficiency challenges and opportunities that face California as it responds to unprecedented drought and developing product standards for conserving water. “Tracy has dedicated her career to making water conservation a way of life ― so that our families can always count on access to clean, healthy water,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We need the best possible ideas and strategies to deal with inevitable droughts across Southern California, and Tracy will add an experienced, creative voice to the work of building a more sustainable, resilient future for our region.” Quinn’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council. She would be replacing outgoing board member Mark Gold, who has stepped down to accept a position as deputy secretary of Coastal Resources under Governor Gavin Newsom. “Tracy will be a superb MWD Board member for the City of Los Angeles because of her extensive water, energy, engineering, and policy expertise,” said Gold. Quinn served on the Board of Directors at the Wildwood Foundation and the California Urban Water Conservation Council prior to joining the NRDC. Her background includes nearly a decade as a water resources engineer, working to improve water infrastructure design, stormwater capture regulations, and resources planning. “I am honored by the nomination to represent the City of Los Angeles on the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors and grateful to Mayor Garcetti for entrusting me with this chance to serve the community,” said Quinn. “It will be a privilege to help develop the region’s water policies, with an eye towards reliability, resilience, affordability, and equity in the face of a challenging, hotter, and drier future.”'

Get this $20 microwave pasta cooker and you’ll never have to wait for water to boil again

Garden BGR

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