Both stories had stunning photos, including archival scenes of Clear Creek Falls, one of Alabama’s largest waterfalls and the surrounding canyons that are now submerged under Smith Lake. The story on “America’s Amazon” also showed images of rare snails and endangered species that reside in Alabama.
A solar powered school
In the Birmingham area, locally, the most popular story this year was about Altamont School’s development and construction of a large solar array on campus this past February.
Best stories advocating environmental solutionsThe Alta
During the year, our two most popular environmental advocacy stories were about sewage discharge notifications and prescribed burning.
Two very different topics.
The sewage notification story helped educate people about the state of Alabama’s weak notification rules. The good news – the state did take action later in the year to strengthen the public’s right to know laws.
One last story that just made our list was this month’s story about the Intermediate musk turtle. The Bham Now story about Alabama’s newly discovered turtle was featured this week on National Public Radio.
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards. View all posts by Pat Byington