BRAVO to Lake ‘O’ Reroute Solution

The Treasure Coast Relieved

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District have collectively agreed to invest more than one billion into rerouting the polluted, excess Lake Okeechobee discharge. The plan will reinstate the natural, historical drainage water patters seen below.

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The Treasure Coast residential and economic partners are relieved, but will remain skeptical until funding is put into action.

 

Local businesses that thrive on tourism and water recreation could not have sustained another ‘release’ season. This is a huge win for The Treasure Coast. The local consensus is “its great to see collaborating organizations (USACE & SFWMD) come to agreement rooted in ethical service to the constituents served”.

 

See the effects of Lake O’s discharge through the Saint Lucie Estuary.

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Bravo to The US Army Corps of Engineers and The South Florida Water Management District!

Photo Credit: TC Palm

 

Resolution 2014

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What does it mean to be a good person?

To me, it has meant choosing to do what is right and fair.  It means to be kind and honest, except when the only outcome means another’s pain with no favorable gain.

But I’m starting to see that it means so much more.  Our everyday lives impact the greater good.  Our personal consumer decisions are having a tsunami effect the globe over.

My naïve perspective and careless living have literally sickened me! Everywhere I look in my home, I see permanent plastic that was created with the intent of disposal.  I, the brainless consumer, walked right into this trap and now I’m standing up to my neck in my ‘forever’ junk!

As I type this I do not know ‘how’ I am going to cease my consumer habits and do an abow face… but I have taken the first step and acknowledged my mess.  Below are some links I’ve found to get started.  What about you?

Tips and Tricks

Happy New Year!!!

‘Coming Into Ones Own’…

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I’ve heard that more times than I know throughout my life, only to now internalize. For me it’s been about choosing to take small steps that have required courage. It has also consisted of embracing seasons containing some of my favorite moments and people.

True… some of those seasons have SUCKED! Sucked the life and spirit out of me… sucked my hope and belief in my talents. But for those too, I am grateful. Those were some of my best lessons. Growth requires learning, flexibility and receptiveness. Opportunities to learn are everywhere, so long as the choice is made to see the growth potential and take that step.

We are all presented with opportunities everyday. It’s choosing to step towards the unknown that sets us all apart. RedKite has an amazing collective of receptive growth consultants that each specialize in sustainable vocations.

• Operational Strategy
• Global Water Solutions 
• Corporate Visibility and Design
• Green Roof and Rain Water Collection 
• Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Earth Practices
• Zero Waste and Lean Practice Workflow Management

The collection of expertise has come to fruition though a general belief in ‘doing well by doing good’, hard work and a passionate belief in one’s purpose.

Learn more ‘About Me’ HERE: http://about.me/katrinamccullough and join the movement.

An Ethical Shift in Global Water

It’s a rarity… for a large group of genuinely-concerned, game changers to come to the table.

Cred: K.Mc

Cred: K.Mc

This is exactly what has happened and the possibilities are endless for the collective humans.

The Florida Earth Foundation through the primary efforts of Stan Bronson, has interested much of the creme de la creme in education, as well as groups in public and private sectors.  The desire to build and learn is meshing with industry experts rooted in good ethical motives.

The need for water infrastructure is prevalent. Natural management and utilization coupled with science and industry supported by the collective humans – will result in powerful solution implementations.

Supporters:

Want to learn how your organization can get involved?

Schedule a ‘think-tank’ meeting / presentation with our team.

Exciting – Powerful things to come!
Katrina McCullough –  Consultant, Red-Kite.US

Red-Kite.us is currently building with care. Thanks for your patience.

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Care about sustainable practices?

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  • Instagram – Flicker – Vine – in the works.

Find Your Voice

Katrina’s colorful youth and journey led her through 24 schools prior to graduating high school. She didn’t learn to read until the 4th grade. Mrs. Osterberg, a teacher that encouraged better results, took initiative and changed a life. Katrina’s story is one about finding her voice and encouraging others to use today’s technology as a global platform to inspire others and take a stance on issues that matter.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Cleansed by the Water

My employment history starts at my family bar.

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Not really an 11 year olds dream job… picking cigarette butts out of the men’s room urinals.  BARF!  Of course I was gloved up but it didn’t matter.  This was a job I never cared to do again.

So, I got a job at one of the few restaurants in town, The Driftwood in Linesville, PA.  I waited tables and ran the register.   They had the best bread and pies in town.

It was a good job.  I’d work a 4-5 hour shift and make forty bucks give or take.  It was good money for a 13 year old.  I worked there 4 years and learned the foundation of my work ethics.

Foundation principles:

  • Be organized – constantly evolving
  • Be willing to learn always
  • Be genuine
  • Work hard
  • Be patient
  • Be quick
  • Be polite

My family, basketball and an avid collection of Moms helped engrain what I just somehow recognized as good and right values.

How does it translate now? It translate into every project I touch and today my focus is on water.

It makes sense for me, I’ve been guided by it my whole life.  One of my first memories is of my Mom and I.  She has me on the counter and my bare feet are in the dishwater.  She is singing Patsy Cline and I’m humming it with her.  I can still see the bubbles on my toes and the look in her eyes.  Love.

My Pap works in water chemistry and technology.  For a sizable portion of my youth, I wondered why it seemed like a secret.  Turns out I just asked a lot of questions and his brain was tired.  I understand now… now that I’m a parent.

Fast forward to our last collective family vacation.  It was the summer of ’94.  We went to Ocean City and our place was walking distance to the beach.  I filled my journal with everything and more… the ocean was so inspiring to me.  My liquid energy!

It was on that vacation I discovered; the ocean would be part of my home.  I dreamt about being a marine biologist but missed opportunities short changed that dream. Perhaps for a purpose, because here I am, staring at a new venture in WATER.

Photo Credit: K.McCullough

Photo Credit: K.McCullough

The Florida Earth Foundation in collaboration with impressive university partners, ASCE, USCE, The US Dutch Ambassador, UNESCO-IHE – including humble (but amazing) tech resources are focused on addressing water disconnect.  The goal is to develop ethical, global, water solutions for all through authentic, contributing partnerships.

We are looking for help in raising awareness.  Please consider offering ideas and sharing collaborative opportunities for us all to learn from and work together.  We believe in fostering viable, ethical solutions to dire hydro issues.   Your water; is it a convenience you take for granted?  I know I do.

Join in our conversation.

Privacy Fee Assessed

Privacy:  Payment in FULL Required 

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A mobile phone is personal property.  The cost of owning mobile devices for some people let alone families is a substantial financial commitment.  On top of that, our data is being harvested, mined, used to create massive revenue web hosting companies and also marketers.

AND we, the consumer pay for cell phones because… ?

The price being paid is a slowly developing image, that I believe will always be in flux, hindered only by the gumption of our dreams.

Having a mobile device is a convenience for the consumer, obviously, that’s why we all have them…except me.    It’s hard picturing life without our ‘lifeline’ but it is possible. The paying customer should have control over who is tracking their activity and cell consumers should receive disclosure of the utilization of their data and summary of benefit-outcome.

My exception:  Similar to how we civilians set “Google Alerts”, I stand firm against human trafficking, child abuse-pornography… these online activities need monitoring. This issue has reached epidemic porportions and it is an American problem too.  Human abuse falls outside of the lines of privacy protection because they are violating the privacy of others and prevelence falls with boys and girls alike.  This topic needs it’s own post some other time.

I know I specifically take issue with location-based geo-tracking.  For me it’s an issue of security.  I do not want my current location public at all times. Of course from a marketers perspective I experience a clash as I see the value of this type of marketing.  That said I believe ‘opting-in’ and ‘opting-out’ needs to be left to the consumer with full disclosure of the use of their data.  Forcing the customers hand is not a fruitful tactic that works long-term, they realized they were pressured influencing a trusting relationship.

We will continue to see more evidence of the chipping away at our privacy rights because of law enforcements use of warrantless cell phone searches to catch criminals in the act.  The precedence still remains to be set, for example check out this current US Supreme Court cases pending. As technology rapidly evolves, I sincerely doubt we will ever be ahead of the next and best of the tech world from a monitoring standpoint.  The reality is with benefits of technology there is a price to pay.  That price is your privacy.