2000 in Review: Environment

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March 28: Farmers, Researchers Helping Clean Up Water. Larry Risse wants to know if the water flowing through his 100-acre farm somehow contribute to the pollution of nearby Lake Oconee.

Aug. 23: Goodbye Dursban: Consumers, Farmers Must Switch. If you normally buy the pesticide Dursban to fight pests like fleas, ticks and spiders, you'd better start shopping for a replacement.

Aug. 31: Georgia Poultry Farmers Fine-tuning Recycling. Georgia farmers produce 21 million pounds of poultry a day. Now they're poised to take the lead in safeguarding soil and water quality.

Oct. 11: Fire Ants Threaten Georgia Wildlife. Entomologists and wildlife biologists have found evidence that fire ants are hurting loggerhead turtles, brown pelicans, quail and alligators.

Oct. 11: UGA, Farmers Seek to Replace Chemical. With help from UGA experts, Georgia farmers think they may have found a simple replacement for a chemical they hoped they'd never lose.

Nov. 14: Gnat-size Dive Bombers Strike Georgia Fire Ants. Until the decapitating flies showed up, Buck Aultman had no way to rid his 20-acre pasture of its pox of fire ant mounds.

Dec. 21: Homeowners Lose Another Popular Pesticide. Just months after consumers lost Dursban, a major maker of diazinon has announced plans to phase it out of the market.

Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.