Eco-news in brief 10-23
By CG News Editor April Jaynes
Advisory committee requests donations to improve Athens County bike path
The Athens Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Committee recently released a statement asking for donations to improve the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. The paved, 20-mile trail will be 15 years old this month. Maintenance projects include improving drainage along the trail, applying dump rock in areas threatened by Hocking River erosion and sealing cracks in the pavement. The statement also said that Athens County, Athens city, Ohio University, Hocking College and Nelsonville city may submit additional project ideas for funding consideration. The committee developed a Bikeway Donation Program to establish a primary funding source for the bike path repairs.
US Coast Guard investigates oil leaking into the Gulf
The United States Coast Guard reported that oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since at least Sept. 16. The oil is leaking at the rate of about 100 gallons per day near the Macondo wellhead, an area where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April 2010. After collecting samples, the Coast Guard suspects that the oil is leaking from a discarded containment dome. The dome is about 1,600 ft. from the Macondo site and is one of the multiple technologies used to contain the 2010 oil spill. It has been sealed since Sept. 2010 when it was capped with cement after the spill in April. The Coast Guard is unsure of how or why the oil is seeping from the dome and is continuing to investigate the specific cause.
National Geographic explores autumn across America
Check out these outdoor destinations that showcase the brilliance of autumn in the United States:
10) Portland, Maine