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Cobb saves money and helps environment with conservation

Cobb saves money and helps environment with conservation

Cobb County is committed to energy efficiency and has taken many proactive steps to conserve natural resources and cut energy costs. A recent analysis showed electric energy savings for 25 completed projects of more than 2.28 million kilowatt hours for the months reported, which projects to a reduction of more than 4.6 million kilowatt hours annually. This is about 16 percent of the prior year's usage.

Energy bills were reduced almost $110,000 for the reported period, or almost $217,000 for a full year. Electricity usage and costs were down in every facility. Greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be reduced by more than 7.4 million pounds annually from the reported electric savings. This is equivalent to removing 655 vehicles from Georgia roads

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

Keep Cobb Beautiful comes in first place

Keep Cobb Beautiful comes in first place

Keep Cobb Beautiful recently earned first place for an Affiliate Award at the 2011 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Program. KCB also won second and third place in the Community Improvement and Greening category and third place in the Litter Prevention category.

KCB is a nonprofit organization that establishes, promotes and maintains a countywide policy for improved environmental and waste management. KCB promotes stewardship of our community through litter prevention, beautification, recycling and environmental education.

For more information, visit cobbcounty.org/kcb.

Cobb County Shredding Day is free and safe way to dispose of documents

Cobb County Shredding Day is free and safe way to dispose of documents

Keep Cobb Beautiful is partnering with Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Keep Marietta Beautiful and Keep Powder Springs Beautiful to host a Document Shredding Day 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 22. The event is free and an excellent opportunity for residents to securely dispose household papers. Each car is limited to 100 pounds of documents to be shredded and only paper products will be accepted. The event locations are:

  • Keep Cobb Beautiful:
    Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta
  • Keep Smyrna Beautiful:
    Wolfe Adult Rec Center, 884 Church St., Smyrna
  • Keep Marietta Beautiful:
    Marietta city limits, 591 N.

Drought spreads into North Georgia

Drought spreads into North Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into North Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

In his most recent reports on the drought, Stooksbury said the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising. Unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, Georgia's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.

Keep Cobb Beautiful free recycling event

Keep Cobb Beautiful free recycling event

Cobb County, GA --  Keep Cobb Beautiful staff is proud to support Advanced Disposal staff as they offer a free Residential Appliance Recycling Day for Cobb.

The event will be held 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Advanced Disposal Transfer Station, 1897 County Services Parkway, Marietta.

Accepted items will include: washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, gas/barbeque grills and lawn mowers.

For more information, call 770-485-8940.