Communities Article Archive

SDSU Extension Community Development Team Bits & Pieces

SDSU Extension uses the Appreciative Inquiry approach as we assist organizations and communities with strategic planning. Our 1-day session, recently used by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, allows groups to find their strengths, and then to build on those strengths for future growth. As participants reflect on what has gone well in the past, they can vision about possibilities for the next 1-3 years that eventually turn into action ideas for the future.

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First Nuclear Reactor in 20 Years Begins Operation

The United States first “new” nuclear power plant, the Watts Bar 2 reactor, has become operational in Tennessee. This Tennessee Valley Authority, (TVA) 1,150-megawatt reactor is online and producing electricity for 650,000 homes and businesses. The Watts Bar 2 is the 100th nuclear reactor to operate in the United States and the first new reactor to open in 20 years.

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Colorado Fracking, Faulty Wells and Water Contamination

Neela Banerjee of Inside Climate News wrote an article on how a study of fracking does not necessary contaminate drinking water wells. The research finding shows that methane contamination of water wells in Colorado is due to faulty oil and gas well construction rather than hydraulic fracturing. The study of aquifer contamination within Colorado was published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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