From: ENN
Published June 9, 2006 12:00 AM

A 'Summer of Green,' the Ultimate Guide to U.S. National Forests, and Medicines in Our Waterways

With summer right around the corner, many minds turn to vacation: Where to go, how to get there, and what to see and do”¦. For those with an environmental conscience, answers to those questions can be tough to come by.

An innovative partnership between the Earth Day Network and Google Maps sheds some light on eco-friendly vacation spots in several big holiday destinations. This week on ENN Radio, Jerry Kay speaks with the Earth Day Network's Laurie Howell, about this exciting marriage of technology and environment.

The project focuses on destinations in five cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and San Francisco. Click on a city, and up pop featured "green" spots, which include everything from restaurants to rental cars. Entertaining video clips provide short visual tours of each selected destination, which most often are places that tourists otherwise wouldn't necessarily find.

Check out "Summer of Green" here, and find out what else the Earth Day Network has in store by visiting

If getting "back to nature" is on your summer travel docket, author Bob Mohlenbrock has a suggestion: Visit one of the United States' 155 National Forests.

In his interview with Jerry Kay, Mohlenbrock explains the genesis of his three-book series of guides to the National Forests. Looking for "nature vacations" back in the '60s, he decided that National Forests had all the key ingredients. As he made his way through the country ”“ eventually visiting all 155, Mohelnbrock came across many amazing things that weren't documented for tourist use.

Each of his three books covers a different region of the country, and delves into the secrets that await the curious, hearty adventurer looking to get away from it all in a U.S. National Forest. The series, entitled This Land, is published by the University of California Press.

Next, Jerry Kay delves into the emerging concern about medicines making their way from our drains and toilets into our waters. He speaks with Phil Bobel an Environmental Compliance Manager with the city of Palo Alto.

When we flush old medicines down the toilet, Bobel explains, they wind up in sewage plants, and from there, low concentrations of certain chemicals can appear in our waterways. Endocrine disruption is among the potential effects on wildlife.

Rather than flushing medicines down the toilet or via household drains, Bobel suggests that we contact local authorities to inquire about safe disposal methods.

Be sure to tune in to ENN Radio for more.

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