JANUARY NEWS 2000
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Should This City Be the Waste Dump
              for Chemical Weapons Residue??
              Bill Alling's Letter to The Caller-Times

          redhot.gif (1175 bytes) KEMPS RIDLEY SEA TURTLE PROBLEM by Mina Williams &Venice Scheurich
             redhot.gif (1175 bytes)KEMPS RIDLEY TURTLE UPDATE by Mina Williams &Venice Scheurich

             COASTAL BEND GROUP
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         * Pat Suter                   852-7938              Chairman
            PHSUTER@aol.com

         * Randy Berryhill        883-0586        Vice Chairman

         * Judy Tor                  241-2605                Treasurer

         * Dorothy McLaren   883-0435                 Secretary

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January Meeting: January 18, 2000

Art Community Center, 100 Shoreline
Lunch, 11:15 a.m., Business meeting, 12:15 p.m.

(You may bring your lunch to the business meeting if your
time is limited.)

Program: VISION FOR THE YEAR 2000 & BEYOND

IF YOU ARE LIKE ME YOU ARE TIRED OF ALL THE HYPE ABOUT THE NEW MILLENNIUM, BUT IT IS ALSO HARD TO WRITE 2000 IN THE VARIOUS PLACES TO INDICATE THE YEAR. IN ANY EVENT, HERE WE ARE IN THE NEW YEAR AND MUST MAKE THE BEST OF IT.

This newsletter is the first, but not the last for the year 2000. We will have at least one more in May. But in the meantime, the web page will continue to be updated each month and the meeting announcements will continue to be published in the paper. Post cards are sent to the members who have shown interest. With all these efforts, the attendance at meetings has held steady and most of the time has increased slightly. Remember that we meet on the third Tuesday of each month except during the summer, so MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

Because our finances are getting low again, a GARAGE SALE will be held in April. Please start collecting stuff to donate. This method still seems to be the easiest way to make money.

HOWEVER, the ALAMO GROUP came up with another way to finance their newsletter and other expenses. They found a donor who would match any donation up to $50 up to a maximum of $500. So if we could do the same this group would be in the black. As a matter of fact, we have such a donor. So if any of you would like to donate $50, the total contribution to our good works would be $100. Mail any donations to the Sierra Club at our PO box 3512, 78404. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO OPERATE WELL INTO THE BLACK?
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The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) asked Harris, DeVille associates, Inc. to survey Nueces, San Patricio and Kleberg Counties in regards to safety and emergency matters. They did a phone survey of 650 people.

Briefly, those living near an industrial area though of an explosion, others thought of a wreck or medical emergency. Most people thought they would be informed by TV or radiio in ten minutes or less. Many knew to call 911 if they saw an emergency.

About 50% of the people had heard or seen about developing a personal safety plan. Some had ac ted to develop such a plan..evacuation, stocking food or sheltering in place.

TV was the most effective way to learn about an emergency or hear about what to do.

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Ten projects totaling $642,500 were recommended for the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuary Program’s FY 2000 annual work plan by the Bays Council. Final approval rests with the Executive Council meeting in January.

The most expensive project ($150,000) combines two separate proposals: Coastal Bend Land Trust and the City of Corpus Christi shoreline-wetlands acquision, while a proposal for a region-wide environmental outlook with multicultural involvement got $40,000.

Other projects approved include: Enhancement and master plan for colonial Waterbird rookery islands; improving access to Polliwog Pond birding area; Sunset Lake (Portland) recreation improvement; Aransas Pass Nature Area improvement; and constructed wetlands in Baffin Bay drainage area.

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 FIELD TRIPS AND MEETINGS

TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DATES FOR JANUARY

Kiskadee Bus Tour..Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Mission. Tours are held every Tuesday and Friday. Reservations required, 956-519-6448 or 956-585-1107.

El Canelo Ranch Bus Tour, Mission. Reservations required. Fees $40 per person. call 956-519-6448 or 956-585-1107.

Matagorda Island and Whooping Crane tours from Port O'Conner.

January 9, Intracoastal boat tour.

January 21, Whooping crane and wildlife bus tour.

January 22, Beachcombing

January 23 History of Matagorda tour.

Call 361-983-2215 for fees, reservations, and information.