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In This Issue of the Sierra Club Insider:
E. coli. It's What's for Dinner?
Fall Fashions: Amazing Fall Foliage Images
Help Protect Our Lakes, Rivers, and Wetlands
Sierra Club Victory: Keeps White Mountains Wild
The Color of Faith: "Is God Green?"
BlogWatch: Milling the Grist with Gristmill
EXPLORE: Warm Trips to Kick Those Winter Blues Away
ENJOY: Simon the Hippo on the Environment
PROTECT: Appalachian Communities from Mountaintop Removal

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Sierra Club InsiderOctober 11, 2006
E. coli. It's What's for Dinner?
E. coliLess than a week after the FDA lifted its ban on contaminated spinach, which lead to three confirmed deaths and hundreds of illnesses, a California lettuce grower recalled green leaf lettuce after finding irrigation water contaminated with E. coli. These E. coli incidents are serious reminders of the need to properly regulate waste. Though large farming operations are one of the most common sources of pathogens like E. coli, and the FDA is investigating livestock waste as a possible cause of the spinach contamination, the government is doing little to ensure proper handling of the contaminated livestock waste. In a meeting with environmental groups last week, the EPA said it has no plans to require any new controls on large livestock operations.

Learn more about large farming operations and see what you can do to keep livestock waste out of our waters.

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Fall Fashions in the Forest
Fall FashionWhat happens when a fashion photographer turns his lens toward fall foliage? No, not the typical New England glamour shots of riotous color, but subtle portraits of individual leaves caught in a moment of passage. Sierra magazine profiles Christopher Griffith and his new book Fall, which features photos of individual leaves vividly backlit and isolated against stark black backgrounds. The highly stylized "portraits" -- shot through with red, riddled with holes, or crammed with intricate networks of yellow lines -- "combine the glamour of a fashion shot with the painstaking detail of a scientific illustration."

Even if it's 80 degrees and sunny where you are, it can feel like autumn as you browse these blazing images of foliage.

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Help Protect Our Lakes, Rivers, and Wetlands
Help Protect Our Lakes, Rivers and WetlandsOur nation's lakes, rivers, and wetlands are in urgent danger!

Bush administration policies have unilaterally stripped small streams, wetlands, and ponds of federal protections. More than 90 percent of waters in some states are in danger of losing all Clean Water Act protections. This change could affect the health of millions of Americans, kill fish, and harm wildlife.

The EPA estimates that the Clean Water Act keeps more than 900 million pounds of sewage and a billion pounds of toxic chemicals out of our waterways every year.

The Sierra Club is organizing a nationwide effort to ensure our waters are kept clean and to enforce the Clean Water Act.

Find out more about these harmful policies and how you can help. Every day we wait, more of our nation's waters are losing their Clean Water protections!

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Forest Service Sides with Club to Keep White Mountains Wild
White MountainsIn August, the Sierra Club won its appeal of the "Than Brook" logging project in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest.

Than Brook is located in one of the few pristine watersheds and true roadless areas remaining in the Northeastern U.S. After the Forest Service approved industry plans to build roads and log off 473 acres in the area, the Sierra Club filed a legal challenge. In what the Club's Environmental Law Program calls "a rare and significant move," the U.S. Forest Service sided with the Sierra Club in ruling to overturn its previous decision.

The Than Brook timber sale came in the wake of the Bush administration decision to rescind the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation rule. Thankfully, that too has been reversed. In a huge victory for environmentalists, the Roadless Rule was reinstated by a federal judge in September.
The Color of Faith
Is God Green?A new Bill Moyers special examines the divide between those Christians, both progressive and conservative, who feel compelled by their faith to care for and protect God's creation, and those on the religious right who feel otherwise. The schism could reshape American politics. "Is God Green?", part of the "Moyers on America" series, airs on PBS on Wednesday, October 11, at 9 p.m. (check your local listings).

To learn more about the intersection of faith and the environment, and to find out how the Sierra Club is partnering with communities of faith around the country, visit our Environmental Partnership Program.


GristmillBlogWatch: Milling the Grist with Gristmill
The Seattle-based online environmental magazine Grist, which describes itself as "a beacon in the smog" and promises to deliver "doom and gloom with a sense of humor," has a very active weblog where readers can jump into the fray on a multitude of political, ecological, and philosophical questions. At Gristmill, you can stay up on the latest environmental news, read snarky commentary from the site's writers, crack wise with fellow readers, trade jabs with opponents, or just, in the words of the editors, "soak in a soothing stream of bloggy goodness."


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      EXPLORE
Kick Those Winter Blues

Not ready for summer to end just yet? Make it last on a kayak trip to Florida, or a volunteer vacation in the Virgin Islands. Of course, if you're the type who can't wait for that first snow flurry of the year, we've got plenty of frosty winter options, too.

Find your winter adventure.

Kick those winter blues
ENJOY

Hippo Works

When Angeles Chapter Sierra Club member Denis Thomopoulos wants to speak out about the environment, he lets his animals do the talking. Thomopoulos is the creator of Hippo Works, an online environmentally themed kids' cartoon featuring Simon the Hippo, Peep the Bird, and a host of other animal characters.

Weekly episodes of "It's a Jungle Out There" are syndicated to subscribers and Web sites such as AOL's Kids Channel. Thomopoulos is now working on a half hour global warming show featuring his cast of animal friends, to be broadcast on next year's Earth Day.

Hippo Works

PROTECT

Appalachian Communities

The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to re-issue nationwide permits that are used by mountaintop removal mining operations to sidestep environmental laws and local community concerns. Issuing fast track permits makes it easier for big coal companies to dump mining waste and fill into mountain streams, burying and polluting local supplies of drinking water.

Take action to protect Appalachian communities!

Learn more about what the Sierra Club is doing to protect the Appalachian Mountains on our website and view the actual impact that mountaintop removal is having at ilovemountains.org.

Appalachian Mountains

Photos: White Mountains (White Mountains Attractions Association) | Fall Fashions (Chistopher Griffith) | Winter Blues Hammock (Mary O'Connor) | Hippo Works (Denis Thomopoulos)

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