Outdoor Updates: U.S. Triathlon Gold team moves to Asheville, NC

first_imgU.S. Triathlon Gold team moves to Asheville, NC Iguanas invade Florida—and homeowners are instructed to kill them The team is working in partnership with UNC Asheville and has access to the school’s Justice Center Pool and Karl Straus Track, as well as the pool at the Asheville Jewish Community Center. According to a news release, the athletes also spend much of their time training in and around Biltmore Lake. “The training facilities are first class, the natural resources are amazing and the community is great,” Evans said in a press release.  There are so many invasive green iguanas in Florida right now that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is encouraging homeowners to humanely kill the reptile. Green iguanas are invasive to Florida and can cause major damage to infrastructure, including seawalls and sidewalks, the commission says. Homeowners do not need a permit to kill green iguanas, and they can also be killed year-round without a permit on 22 public lands in south Florida.center_img After considering 16 cities around the country, the U.S Triathlon Gold team has selected Asheville, NC as its new home and training ground. The team is coached by USA Triathlon certified coach Jarrod Evans and is made up of elite athletes competing at the International level. The squad is currently at work training for the next Olympic Trials in order to secure a spot in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Two of the athletes, Mary Alex England and Sophie Chase, will represent the U.S. at the Pan American Games next month.  Green iguanas are typically green, though they can also be brown or nearly black in color. They have a row of spikes along their neck, back and upper tail and grow up to five feet in length. Males can weigh up to 17 pounds while females typically top the scales around seven pounds. They live on the ground, in shrubs or in trees and feed on a variety of vegetation, including ornamental plants, making them a nuisance to many homeowners.last_img read more

Will Bay Park Sewage Plant be Fixed Before Next Big Storm?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Concerns over whether Sandy-ravaged Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant will be fixed before the next major hurricane strikes were aired at a public hearing Thursday on the plant’s nearly $1-billion repair job.Lawmakers, environmentalists and civic leaders also questioned whether a planned 18-foot levy will be high enough to mitigate another big storm surge, if more-advanced tertiary water treatment can be added and the feasibility of a proposed ocean outflow pipe.“This is going to be a four-year project,” Rob Walker, the chief deputy Nassau County Executive, reminded members of the legislature who pressed for more frequent updates on the construction, which is about 15 percent completed.The meeting was the first of planned quarterly hearings on the federally funded work to patch up and upgrade the East Rockaway plant that failed during the 2012 superstorm, dumping billions of gallons of raw and partly treated sewage into local waterways.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded an unprecedented more than $800 million to repair equipment damaged when the plant—which serves nearly half of the county—was flooded and harden the facility from future hurricanes.FEMA required the county to build the $75-million 18-foot flood wall—concrete in one part, a berm in the other—high enough to protect against a storm that has a chance of hitting once in 500 years.But, the estimated 13-foot watermark public works officials said they measured in the plant after Sandy made one legislator wonder if the planned flood wall still won’t be high enough when it’s completed in two years.“I would feel better if we had a little bit of a bigger margin,” said Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove).Plant officials responded to those who urged the county to add tertiary treatment—a process that could make the water leaving the plant drinkable—would add billions to the cost of the project.The proposal to extend the current outflow pipe from Reynolds Channel two miles out into the Atlantic Ocean would be cheaper than tertiary treatment, plant officials said. County officials have been pressing the federal government to pay the up to $700 million the new pipe would cost.One environmentalist questioned the impact that pumping effluent from the plant into the ocean would have on sealife and the South Shore beaches. The current pipe has been blamed for decimating the county’s western bays.“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Maureen Murphy, of Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, told the panel. “This choice is clear: we keep killing the bays or we take action to save the bay….we need an ocean outflow pipe.”last_img read more