The Christian Science Monitor : 2019-02-11
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POINTS OF PROGRESS SCIENTISTS STUDY THE SNOW NEAR CALIFORNIA’S ECHO SUMMIT. AP UNITED STATES Mill town reclaims its polluted land January storms have refilled California’s reservoirs. While heavy rains can cause mudslides in fire-stricken areas, they also restore water supplies in a state that often faces drought conditions. This winter’s rainfall has ensured that the state’s reservoirs and lakes – as well as the Sierra Nevada snowpack – are off to an above-average start this year. Residents of Lawrence, Mass., clean up waste and restore pride When Lesly Melendez recalls her walk to school as a child in Lawrence, Mass., she remembers the six-foot-tall fence cloaked in black cloth and decorated with caution tape. “Keep Out” signs warned passersby away from the socalled Dresden of Lawrence, the burned bones of the former Russell Paper Mill.
“As a kid growing up and walking by things like that...,” Ms. Melendez trails off and sighs.
But her childhood neighborhood looks more appealing today. After years of stopand-start cleanup, the Russell Mill site is now Oxford Site Park, a green welcome mat for the city. It’s an open space with a bike path. Long grasses bend in the wind.
And this park may have helped the city grow opportunity. Lawrence, long one of New England’s poorest and most polluted communities, has become a center for public and nonprofit job training programs. They are certifying locals to clean up brownfields, properties where development is stalled because of potential pollution.
Job training grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in particular have enabled hundreds of local workers to boost their résumés, lead change where they live, and transform polluted areas for redevelopment.
The city’s success – and its collaborative approach – could offer a model for other low-income minority neighborhoods riddled with abandoned industrial sites. For Lawrence, brownfields like the Russell Paper Mill are about more than jobs and blight. Cleaning up past pollution boosts a community’s self-esteem.
“Brownfields are one of the programs where you really see the connection between environmental justice and opportunity,” says Alexandra Dunn, administrator for the EPA’s Region 1, which covers the six New England states. “Through these grants we can create a very LOS ANGELES TIMES THE EPA ESTIMATES THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN 450,000 U.S. BROWNFIELD SITES. BOLIVIA A charity is making inroads against what has been characterized as the country’s pervasive rape culture. It’s estimated that 6 in 10 Bolivian women will face physical or sexual violence during their lives, one of the highest rates in Latin America. Some women seeking justice in the country’s courts report that the legal system seems more focused on intimidating them than on bringing offenders to justice. But since 2004, the charity A Breeze of Hope has made significant progress in prosecuting rape and providing comprehensive care for survivors. The organization, which was established by a survivor, was recently honored by the United Nations for its work. THE GUARDIAN SEE PAGE 20 V PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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