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We Can Design the right ad for you! 760-765-2231 WE REPAIR ALL MAKES & MODELS GOT WATER PROBLEMS? www.haguewatersandiego.com License No. 415453 SALES • SERVICE Residential & Commercial Water Treatment Systems - Water Testing Water Treatment Services September 18, 2019 Howdy! From Lake Cuyamaca • FISHING REPORT • Excavation / Site Work Research shows that replacing or retrofitting dirty old diesel school buses can reduce the pollution inhaled by students significantly and can even lead to better health and higher standardized test scores. Credit: madame.furie, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that school buses cause a lot of pollution, especially for the kids riding inside. Is anyone making greener school buses yet? -- Jake McConnell, Philadelphia, PA Now that school is back in session, those big yellow diesel- fueled school buses are all over the roads again. While they’re relatively safe—and definitely old school—they’re also big polluters, chugging along at 4-6 miles to the gallon while creating a cloud of harmful airborne pollutants. According to the non-profit Clean Air Trust (CAT), some 25 million American kids travelling on half a million school buses every day are exposed to five to 15 times more air toxins than the rest of us. “Those buses travel more than four billion miles each year and these kids spend three billion hours on [them],” reports the group. “About 90 percent of these buses run on diesel fuel, annually emitting 3,000 tons of cancer-causing soot and 95,000 tons of smog-causing compounds.” If you don’t think all that pollution is having a negative effect, think again. A March 2019 study from researchers at Georgia State University found that students did significantly better on standardized English tests and marginally better in math when they spent their commutes riding in school buses retrofitted to reduce emissions by 95 percent as compared to students riding in non-upgraded buses. The researchers conclude that “engine retrofits can have meaningful and cost-effective impacts on health and cognitive functioning.” Luckily the retrofits are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive, especially when you factor in the costs of health care to treat sick kids, not to mention the price tag for raising kids’ test scores in other ways. Retrofitting 10 percent of the average school district’s bus fleet in Georgia, for instance, would cost less than $100,000, a drop in the bucket of the state’s $10.6 billion K-12 public schools budget. And beginning in October 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set aside $9 million to help pay for upgrading older diesel school buses nationwide. School districtsandotherpublicagencies charged with transporting school kids can apply for rebates of up to $20,000 per bus to help cover the retrofits on up to 10 individual buses. Retrofitting is a great start, but even better would be replacing old buses with new, more efficient all-electric models. But few school districts can justify the $300,000 price tag to replace perfectly functional older diesel buses. That didn’t stop the school district in White Plains, New York, though, which purchased five electric buses last year with financial help from the local utility, Consolidated Edison, and a grant from the state. These outside contributions helped bring the final cost to the school district down to something along the lines of buying new diesel buses. While ConEd gets the benefit of good public relations and good karma, it also gets to use the buses during the summer as excess electricity storage that can be moved around to where it’s needed most (when the air conditioners are blazing). White Plains is hoping other school districts across the country will follow a similar model to clean up their acts. CONTACTS: Clean Air Trust, cleanairtrust.org; “School bus emissions, student health and academic performance,” sciencedirect.com/science/article/ abs/pii/S0272775719301530#!. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https://earthtalk. org. Send questions to: question@ earthtalk.org. ‘Dusty Britches” here along with “Peppermint Patty” and the “South African Queen”… The trout fishing is spotty right now… a few nice ones coming out, but the pan fish are still coming out consistently. Some Channel Catfish are also being taken. My folks are getting ready for the “O.P. Ball” Kids Fishin in the Pines Derby… We are expecting a major trout plant from Mt. Lassen before the event and we have lots of prizes and awards showing up to help out the day for the young anglers. We have a slight blue-green algae bloom going on right now, but it should resolve itself in time for the event. The trail around the lake has been mowed as has the area below Chambers Park. It’s countdown to September 28th…. the day of the big show. If you are not familiar with the event, check it out on our web-site… lots to see. Our Wisconsin “Badgers”… Badger is hyping up his team as they prepare for next Saturday’s match-up with Michigan… “Fog Horn-Leg Horn” is a great example of dedicated fan… win or lose, so, “ON WISCONSIN”. We survived Friday the 13th aligning with a full moon on the night we decided to venture down the hill to El Cajon and take in some art gallery stuff that a friend was part of, an owl who has taken up residence outside our bedroom window, and a brand spankin new dry-wet vacuum that had its attachments and power cord chewed up by a 10 month old yellow lab… life is good! Til next time… happy trails. “If you don’t do stupid things when you are young, you’ll have nothing to laugh about when you get old” …Albert Einstein “Tight lines and bent rods”… Dusty Britches Purpose-Driven ROI continued from page 7 the naysayers. So I hope the Roundtable will look to us— and my colleagues across the nonprofit sector— for hard- learned lessons from operating models that stand on purpose and community benefit. In Memphis, where our headquarters are, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.— his achievements and tragic death—permeates our soul and guides what we strive to achieve. For those business leaders whose lodestar is now a fairer, more equitable, sustainable economic and environmental reality for consumers and— with the aperture widening on “shareholder”—for broader communities and future generations, I look forward to help-ing you answer the call from Dr. King that hangs over my desk: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” Learn more at www.stjude.org. * * * The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. — Plato * * * * * * This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. — Will Rogers * * * Luke Mathews 4 years old. Trout from Chambers on a nightcrawler.