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2001 in Review: Environment
Little Creatures Reveal Big Things about Wetlands (January 10, 2001) - Large-scale logging can often affect the delicate balance of plant and animal life in nearby wetlands. But how much? A University of Georgia scientist says if you look close enough, some little creatures can tell you big things about wetlands.

Worms Don't Mind the Waste (February 14, 2001) - Earthworms have a healthy appetite. If you get enough of them together and don't disturb them, scientists say they can safely, quietly dispose of many forms of waste.

A Novel Way to Handle Chicken Waste (June 12, 2001) - Finding an economical and environmentally friendly way to handle the vast volume of chicken manure from Georgia's poultry industry has been a concern for years. Now a University of Georgia researcher has a novel way to handle the mess and make money, too.

New Methods Keep Georgia Peaches Safe (June 16, 2001) - For two years, agricultural scientists and peach growers have tried to produce a pesticide-free peach for consumers. And they've come close.

EPD Relaxes Water-use Restrictions (July 11, 2001) - As of July 13, most of Georgia will be able to water their lawns when they get home from work. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division announced they are relaxing the statewide outdoor water-use restrictions to just odd-even use.

Scientists Eyeing Ways to Prevent Water Pollution (October 10, 2001) - Scientists in Tifton, Ga., hope a new project will reveal economical ways to prevent water quality problems related to animal farming in Georgia.

Recycling System Makes Most of Manure (October 18, 2001) - The manure from dairy cattle can be recycled in an environmentally friendly way. No, not just in compost. It can actually provide energy, feed and maybe even drinking water for cattle, says a University of Georgia scientist.

(Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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