ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY

OCTOBER, 2017

NO TYSON IN TONGIE!

On Sept 5, 2017, Tyson Foods, Inc, announced plans to build a $320 million poultry plant south of Tonganoxie.   This complex would include a chicken hatchery, feed mill and processing plant. Local farmers would be contracted to raise chickens in 300-400 poultry houses. 1.25 million chickens would be slaughtered each week.

Dr. Don Stull, former anthropology professor at KU, has studied the meat processing industry for 30 years. He spoke to an audience of around 100 people Oct 3 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds . According to his research, the fears that drove the local anti-Tyson sentiment were well founded: declining per-capita income, housing shortages, increasing demands on health care, higher taxes, homelessness, pressure on the school system.    In addition, the water, air and land pollution associated with these large poultry plants has been the subject of numerous law suits.

Because of the overwhelming opposition to the plant, Tyson has put the Tonganoxie plant “on hold”. People in Leavenworth County aren’t sure what that means and are continuing their vigilance.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVISION:

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County are updating our Comprehensive Plan, Horizon 2020.  This Plan is a powerful tool, guiding our planners and officials in their decisions on future development and management of our county and its resources.  It represents the aspirations of its citizens, illustrating what they want Douglas County to look like in future  years.  You have the opportunity to review the revised draft plan and send your comments to the Planning Office by October 23, 2017.  (see link below)

Click https://lawrenceks.org/pds/comp-plan to see the draft revised plan.  At the bottom of that page see “Documents” and click on “Existing Horizon 2020 Comprehensive Plan” to see the current plan.  To fully comprehend the differences between the existing and revised plans, select a chapter in the existing plan, and compare it with its corresponding chapter in the revised plan.  (In the current plan Chapter 16 is focused on “Environment”, and its counterpart in the revised plan is chapter 6, “Natural Resources

Please look over the plans and send any comments you may have to the Planning Office by October 23.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursdays, 4:00-6:00pm: Cottin’s Hardware Farmers’ Market-All Season Market

1832 Mass St., Lawrence, Ks

 

Saturdays 7:00-11:00 a.m.: Lawrence Farmers’ Market

Parking lot in the 800 block of New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Ks.

 

Oct 7, 8:00 am-noon. Kansas Land Trust Disc Golf Tournament, Thornfield Course. Go to www.klt.org to register and get information.

 

Oct 11, 5:30 pm: Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board

Public Works Confr. Room, Lawrence City Hall ground floor, 6 East 6th St,. Lawrence, Ks.

 

Oct 11, 10:00-11:00a.m. Fall Season Wee Walk. Baker Wetlands: 5 and under (+siblings) Free.

 

Oct 19, 6:30 pm. Sustainability Action Meeting. Local solutions for Transition to a sustainable Economy. Lawrence Creates Makerspace, East 9th St. Lawrence, Ks.

 

Oct. 21-22 9:00am-7:00pm: Mother Earth News Fair, Topeka. For information go to- Mother Earth News Fair-Topeka

Kansas Expo Center, 17th and Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Ks $$

 

October 23 7:30 pm, Dr. John Paden scientist at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets at KU will give an overview of the most recent Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Jayhawk Audubon Society. Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall 1245 New Hampshire

 

Mondays, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23. 7:00 pm. River City River, Series on water in Kansas and the Kaw. Aquifers, water law and watersheds. Lawrence Public Library

 

Oct 29 7:00pm. Stargazing at Baker Wetlands. Astronomy Assoc of Lawrence Meeting.