Atlanta drivers are all too familiar with the Georgia Department of Transportation electronic signs warning, “Ozone Alert Day.” The warning flashed on 35 days last year. On 22 of them, ozone hit unhealthy levels. The problem prompted Gov. Zell Miller to sign an executive order requiring all state agencies, departments and universities in the 13-county area to submit a detailed ozone action plan by March 31. The order called for plans that would reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips by 20 percent. “Our long-term goal is to do that all summer every summer, whether there is an ozone alert or not,” Miller said. “Our aim is that every state employee carpools or takes mass transit or telecommutes at least one day a week as a common practice.” Plans to start such things as telecommuting, alternative work schedules and incentives to use transit are being finalized. “There are 13 counties in the metro area that don’t meet the EPA ground-level ozone standards,” said Pam Earl of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The EPD has a team of forecasters who meet every day to forecast the next day’s ozone levels. If they believe the ozone will reach unhealthful levels, they designate the next day an “Ozone Action Day.” The warnings had an impact. “On some Ozone Action Days, we saw a reduction in peak-hour traffic,” said Jeane Pierce, who coordinates the EPD Voluntary Ozone Action Program. Ozone is a colorless gas. It forms when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds combine in sunlight. The ozone “season” is May 1 through September 30. “Generally, our ozone concentrations are highest during June, July and August,” said Jerry Walker, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This year we had some in May.” May 13 was Atlanta’s first ozone action day this year. Pollutants from cars, trucks and other sources merge with hot, stagnant air to create high ozone levels. Ground-level ozone is a serious lung irritant. High ozone levels can cause breathing difficulties in the elderly, children, athletes, people who work outside and those with respiratory problems. It makes outdoor activities unhealthy. “I think we should be concerned,” Walker said. “This is the worst U.S. pollutant we have. Atlanta contributes to this through the number of automobiles we have.” Walker worries, too, about plants in high ozone levels. For the past 24 years, he has followed ozone levels closely. He has found that some plants can’t take it. “For example, tulip trees (yellow poplars) and grapes have a hard time,” he said. “We found some damage to wild black cherry trees. And if those high ozone levels came earlier in the summer — say in June or July — we could have seen more damage to trees and to flowers such as petunias.” Walker is studying how ozone affects plants in the new Envirotron at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga. The state-of-the-art facility has special growth chambers to help researchers study environmental effects on plants.
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Village of Johnson City Water Department is advising residents of certain areas to boil their water before consuming. —– The water department says customers will be notified when they no longer need to boil their water. 1 P.M. UPDATE: The water department is advising residents to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using. They also recommend using bottled water. Customers who live in the following areas should boil their water before consuming: The boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes, food preparation and making ice. Tokos Grove RoadDellapenna DriveDellrose LaneReynolds Road between Tokos Grove and Pinewood BlvdOakdale Road – north of Overbrook RoadNelson RoadAetna Road between Oakdale and NelsonDeyo Hill Road — Between Reynolds Road and the Johnson City / Town of Dickinson line (added in 1 p.m. update)Columbia DriveDavid DriveEric DriveEric CourtEnid PlaceTamara LanePamela DriveWeymouth LaneMarlayne DriveChristina DriveMarian DriveAnna Maria DrivePenna RoadSan Marco DriveOakview DriveRose LaneLee CircleNadine WayDeborah DriveReynolds Road — Marian to East Maine Road (added in 1 p.m. update) For more information, please contact Robert Bennett, Director of Public Services at (607) 797-3031 or the Johnson City Water Department at (607) 797-2523. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The village water department has removed several streets from the boil water advisory list. Please note the changes posted below. They say due to a water main break on Marian Drive and Christina Drive just off of Reynolds Road, certain areas became void of water.
Bayelsa Queens technical adviser, Moses Aduku has said his side will end their almost a decade search for silverware at the 2017/18 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 competition.The Restoration Girls came quite close to nip the prized title at the immediate past edition in Benin City but left it sorely to top-flights, Nasarawa Amazons.The Yenagoa landladies will compete for the 2018 elite annual football showpiece alongside title holders, Nasarawa Amazons, Sunshine Queens and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels. The NWPL Super 4 competition is billed to hold at the mainbowl of Agege Stadium in Lagos from January 24 – 27.Aduku said his side are 100% primed for the title and cannot afford to wait a minute longer to sip from the coveted trophy.“Bayelsa Queens have played Super 6 in the past without a trophy to show for it but this time I want to win the 2018 NWPL Super 4 trophy.“My earnest desire is to compensate for the side’s almost a decade waiting for a trophy as well as to say thank you to the government and good people of Bayelsa state for their patience and undying support for the side.“We cannot continue to play second fiddle to any side even though we quite appreciate the stiff challenge that awaits us in Lagos.“The opponents are good sides and champions, too in their own right but I just think that the NWPL Super 4 title is right there in Lagos waiting for us to win or lose.“And I can tell you we are not ready to compromise or negotiate on the title this time around.“We came close to winning the title in the immediate past edition in Benin City but still allowed it to slip off our hands.“I think we have corrected the mistakes that cheated us of the title in the past and with the level of preparation and quality of players in our midst we will surely get it right in Lagos.“We will not suffer any disadvantage in terms of support from the fans as we have many Bayelsans resident in Lagos who will troop out enmasse to drum support for us.“Besides, our pattern and style of play is a sure crowd puller couple with some game winners in our midst,” said the former Nigerian junior international to NWFL Media.Bayelsa Queens will open their NWPL Super 4 title chase with a crunch clash against newcomers, Sunshine Queens on Friday at the ‘Soccer Temple’ (Agege Stadium in Lagos).A win for the Yenagoa side will see the side progress to the final to confront the winners between champions, Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels on Sunday at same venue.However, defeat for the Yenagoa side will condemn them to play the third place match with the losers of the tie involving the Al-Makura Girls and Jewel of Rivers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram