Rural wastewater program loses USDA grant

Program to replace ‘straight-pipe’ systems on hold after losing $2 million in funding by Sydney Cromwell The Lowndes County Unincorporated Wastewater Program, a community project to replace unsanitary straight-pipe wastewater systems with better septic and sewer systems, has lost $2 million in federal grant funding. Lowndes County, like much of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, does not have an extensive sewer system and the soil causes … Continue reading Rural wastewater program loses USDA grant

The power of the lens

by Sydney Cromwell From toxic waste dumping to mercury levels in fish, the list of ecological threats to Alabama’s waterways is long. But it can be hard for groups like the Alabama Rivers Alliance to get people engaged with problems that might seem abstract. Where words alone might fail, ARA Executive Director Cindy Lowry said film can present stories “in a way that connects the … Continue reading The power of the lens