Top

blog

Stories

 

Beloved Streets of America Nabs $25,000 for Hydroponic Gardens in North City St. Louis

Categories: Environment

melvinwhite987.jpg
Theo Welling
Melvin White founded Beloved Streets of America as nonprofit in 2009.
Melvin White's goals for Beloved Streets of America are about as pie-in-the-sky as they can get: He wants to rebuild the community and economy along one of the most blighted sections of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis, starting with the area around the BSA office on the corner of Hamilton Street.

As chronicled in a Riverfront Times feature story earlier this year, the nonprofit BSA has yet to start a major project and has struggled to attract the serious funding White's grand plans require.

This month, he finally got his wish: The National Fish and Wildlife Association and Wells Fargo is backing BSA with a $25,000 grant to construct a hydroponic garden in the vacant units within the BSA building.

More »

Attorney General Chris Koster Sues Tyson Foods for Polluting Water and Killing All the Fish

Categories: Crime, Environment

dead_fish2.JPG
Todd Gordon Brown/Wikimedia
Tyson Foods can't just go and kill every single fish in an entire Missouri creek and get away with it -- at least, that's what Attorney General Chris Koster says.

Koster has filed a lawsuit against the factory-meat giant for causing a large amount of Alimet -- an ammonia-based chemical -- to get into the city of Monett's wastewater treatment facility, which then dumped the water into Clear Creek, resulting in the massive fish kill and a pungent odor that emanated from the water for days.

The lawsuit includes six counts against Tyson for "pollution of state waters and violations of Missouri's hazardous waste laws," according to a press release from Koster's office. Here are those counts:

More »

Here's How Tyson Foods' Ammonia Waste Killed All the Fish in an Entire Creek

Categories: Environment

dead_fish.JPG
Wikimedia/DyPeMaP
Tyson Foods leaked ammonia into a creek killing thousands of fish in southwest Missouri, and the Department of Natural Resources has released an investigative report on how that happened.

The DNR also officially announced it is accusing Tyson of several violations and the matter has been sent to the Attorney General's office.

When residents of the Monett area noticed dead fish floating up and down Clear Creek, it didn't take long for city and state officials to figure out what happened: ammonia from the nearby Tyson plant got into the water and resulted in a "100 percent kill," according to Monett officials.

More »

Tyson Foods Chemicals Seeped into Creek, Killed All the Fish: Dept. of Natural Resources

Categories: Environment

dead_fish.JPG
Wikimedia/DyPeMaP
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says that an ammonia leak from a Tyson Foods plant in southeast Missouri seeped into a freshwater creek and killed thousands of fish.

Last week, residents in and around Monett -- a city about halfway between Joplin and Springfield -- began to notice dead fish floating upside down along Clear Creek, a popular spot for fishing and swimming. The Department of Natural Resources investigated and found high levels of Alimet in the water, which they traced back to a nearby Tyson Foods plant.

Alimet is a chemical used in chicken and cattle feed that contains ammonia. The result was extremely deadly.

More »

Growing Plates Into Plants: Arch Grants Bring Colombian Startup's Big Idea to St. Louis

Categories: Environment, Tech

Emprendedore123.JPG
LIFEPACK
Andres Benavides and Claudia Isabel Barona, the founders of LIFEPACK.
Eco-friendly restaurants like Pi Pizzeria, Schlafly and Local Harvest Cafe pride themselves on choosing recyclable or biodegradable materials for items like to-go boxes, plasticware and cups.

But a Colombian startup is taking going green to a whole new level by manufacturing plates that act as seeds, growing new plants whether they end up buried in your back yard or in a landfill.

Now that startup, called LIFEPACK, is moving from South America to St. Louis after winning one of twenty Arch Grants, a $50,000 non-equity grant designed to attract tech talent to St. Louis.

LIFEPACK's founders, Andres Benavides and Claudia Isabel Barona, say moving from Valle del Cauca, Colombia, to St. Louis brings them one step closer to expanding their market -- and their ecological mission -- in the U.S.

More »

"Self-Reporting" Environmental Risks in Chemical Facilities Threaten Missouri River

Categories: Environment

chem_plant.JPG
Wikimedia/EPA
You know that whole idea about environmental regulations being bad because all they do is hurt businesses that do a fine job of self-reporting any problems because if they didn't, they'd be out of business?

Well, that might not be very efficient, evidenced by a chemical facility in the southern part of Missouri.

According to a story by the Post-Dispatch, Coastal Energy Corp., a company in Willow Springs that sells chemicals for road maintenance and building waterproofing (including ethanol, liquid asphalt, diesel fuel), sits a mere 200 feet from the waters of the Eleven Point River. Despite the proximity to a major river, the chemical facilities didn't pose any safety threat, according to a 2009 assessment by the company's owner.

More »

Bob Molitor: Human Street Sweeper Cleans Up St. Louis One Gum Wrapper at a Time

molitor2.jpg
Photos: Chad Garrison
Bob Molitor spends hours a day walking and picking up trash in St. Louis.
If you drive down Delmar, Skinker or Big Bend in the morning hours between 8 and 11 a.m., chances are you've seen Bob Molitor...though you may be more familiar with his rear end than his face. That's because Molitor's posterior is often pointed skyward as he bends over to pick up a stray cigarette butt, soda can or any of the millions of pieces of garbage the rest of us so casually toss to the ground.

More »

St. Louis Parking Spots Free for Art Galleries, Parks, Puppy Pools And More on PARK(ing) Day

Categories: Environment, News

parking-day.jpg
Rebar / PARK(ing) Day
Free parking alert, St. Louis!

That is, if you've got an idea of how to use the metered spot in some way other than parking your car. The St. Louis Treasurer's Office, which oversees parking, is participating this year in the international PARK(ing) Day event where folks come up with alternative, creatives uses for spots. Reclaim public space!

"We are encouraging businesses and people to set up their own private parks and enjoy the day outside," Treasurer Tishaura Jones tells Daily RFT.

Her office today sent out applications, on view below, for St. Louisans interested in participating in the September 20 event.

More »

Forest Park Transformed: Then And Now Photos

forest-park-transformation.jpg
Courtesy of Forest Park Forever
Emerson Grand Basin in 2003 and now.
As we reported earlier this summer, St. Louis' Forest Park has been recognized as one of the most beautiful parks in the world, in large part because of its massive $100 million facelift.

Forest Park Forever -- the nonprofit group that works with the city to restore and maintain the site -- has launched a campaign this year to celebrate the park's 50,000 days in operation since it was first established in June of 1876. The "Recounting 50,000 Days" campaign is an effort to collect 50,000 memories of the park to share in the visitor center. Recently, the group shared some neat photos of the park's transformation over the last decade, offering a side-by-side look at how some sites have improved through various redevelopments.

More »

St. Louis Bike-Sharing: Mayor, Advocates Pursue Cycling System Similar to Other Cities

bike-share-denver.jpg
via Mikeshoup
Bike-sharing station in Denver.
The city of St. Louis will have a bike-sharing program.

So says the office of Mayor Francis Slay, which is now partnering with several entities to launch the first step of pursuing a bike-share program similar to the ones that have been successful in major cities across the United States.

"Promoting a cycling-friendly city has been a priority of the mayor," Patrick Brown, assistant to Slay, tells Daily RFT. "We brought our operating departments a long way in understanding the...health benefits and community-building potential that lies within giving people this additional option for transportation.... Bike-sharing is just an extension of that. It really will help to promote the commuters and the tourists within the city."

More »

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...