The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 12, 1976 · Page 3
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Hays, Kansas
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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HAYS DAILY NEWS December 12, 1976 Conservation Districts Want . • *'* Realistic Pollution Levels By FRED JOHNSON Of The News Staff The Kansas Association of Conservation Districts recently voted to recommend two amendments to the Federal Water Quality Act. The. first amendment would change Water Quality Act's goal of zero • sediment pollution in Kansas streams and rivers due to soil erosion to a more tolerable level. Conservations districts suggest a level of one to five tons of soil loss per acre per year. An amendment to extend the 1985 completion date of the Federal Water Quality Act was also recommended. I According to Robert J. Binder, Munjor Route, vice president of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, (KACD), a goal of zero sediment pollution is unrealistic. .' "It is virtually impossible to have zero sediment in our streams and rivers. Even water that drains off grassland carries some sediment," he said. ."Besides," he added, "a lot of marine life lives on food carried into the water by sediment." A goal of one to five tons of soil loss per acre per year would be more realistic, Binder said. A loss of one ton per acre, he explained, would mean about one thirty-second of an inch of topsoil draining into streams and rivers. :> Binder said KACD was recommending an extension df the 1985 completion date because that date was unrealistic in view of the studies and planning necessary prior to implementation of water pollution controls. '• Until studies on non-point sediment are completed, no one knows what type legislative controls are heeded, Binder said. * KACD's goal, he said, is to have an erosion-sediment program that relies on voluntary actfon, but gives local boards authority to censure landowners who abuse and misuse land. The resolution proposing the amendments to the Federal Water Quality Act was adopted at KACD's annual convention earlier this month. Until plans for water pollution controls are completed, Binder said, KACD is encouraging landowner .participation in a voluntary conservation program. Farmers are being encouraged to take advantage of federal funds to develop non- point water pollution controls such as terraces, waterways and stubble mulch farming, he said. Non-point pollution deals primarily with sediment pollution due to soil erosion. Terraces, waterways and stubble farming, Binder said, helps the soil absorb moisture, thus preventing erosion and keeping sediment out of streams and rivers. Federal funds for developing erosion controls are available through the Great Plains and Agricultural Conservation Programs. Clean Air Laws Threaten Autos DETROIT (UPI) — No U.S. automaker will be able to build cars after next September if Congress does not relax the clean air laws, the top two executives of the Ford Motor Co. warned Saturday. But, given a "modest" tax cut for Americans and amendments to the Clean Air Act, Ford Chairman Henry Ford II and President Lee A. lacocca predicted 1977 could be the second best year ever for the U.S. auto industry. "We see no reason to fear that the slowing of economic growth during this year signals the end of the present recovery in the United States'," Ford and lacocca said in a year-end statement. "Contrary to the . gloomy economic commentary that has been prevalent in recent weeks, we believe the American economy is making solid progress." They said the industry should sell 14 million cars and trucks in 1977, including a record 3.4 million trucks. Auto sales of 10.6 million cars would be up 5 per cent from 1976 and the third best in history behind Postmaster Advises Mailing Cards Now Though the suggested "mail early" date of December 10 for Christmas greetings has gone, it's still not too late for cards and letters to be delivered by Christmas if mailed promptly, Postmaster Victor A. Wasinger said Thursday. "Most local residents already have 'mailed for Christmas," he said. "However, those who haven't should do so as soon as possible. Our goal is to have all mail available at post offices up to normal cut-off time on Friday, December 24, distributed and delivered that day." To help speed the mail along its way, Wasinger urged mail users provide an accurate and legible address, including the ZIP Code. "Be sure to apply adequate .postage,'include a return address, and mail early in the day," Wasinger added. •' . the 11.4 million in 197$ and 10.9 million in 1972. This year's 13.3 million car and truck sales were a 20 per cent jump over recession 1975. They didn't spell out the'size of the "modest tax cut," but Ford is expected to have some input. The chief executive of the No. 2 auto firm met earlier this week with President-elect Jimmy Carter to discuss the economy. Besides the problem with clean air laws, Ford and lacocca also complained that other government regulations have already cost U.S. automakers sales and could have a severe impact in 1977 and later. The two executives said the new Congress willhave to act quickly to amend the Clean Air Act So 1978-model cars can continue to meet current antipollution standards. An attempt to relax the law in the last Congress! failed, parity because the auto industry claimed it didn't go far enough. .. -.. "Unless the 1978 standards are set by Congress at the 1977 levels, Ford will be unable to build 1978-model cars," they said. "To the best -of our knowledge, all other manufacturers are in the same position. STRONG SECURITY DETROIT (UPI) — This city's new $337 million Renaissance Center in the downtown area here boasts a security force larger than most suburban communities around the nation. Ted Sienski, former deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department who retired last year after 27 years on the force, heads an 80-plus member force made up largely of former Detroit police officers. Farmers and the federal government share the cost of ' erosion prevention under these programs. KACD members also adopted a resolution urging the continuance of the State Conservation Commission as an independent agency with policy-making and administrative authority. An earlier attempt to place that commission under a Secretary of Natural Resources serving at the pleasure of the Governor failed in the State Senate. KACD, Binder said, does not think the Conservation Commission should become a political office. A cabinet type commission, Binder said, would lead to inefficiency and increase the cost of government. Each time a new secretary is appointed, he explained, the commission will have to slow down and .introduce the new department head to the goals and objectives of the conservation commission. Eyeglass Trivia Jimmy Cater, center, has the vision of a George Washington and a Harry Truman, lower left. In a lighthearted peek at presidential eye problems, the American Optometric Association said last week that every one of the nation's 38 Chief Executives has worn eyeglasses. So does Carter, who will be the 39th. Carter, like Washington and Truman, Is farslghted—meaning they saw well at a distance but not closeup. Franklin D. Roosevelt, upper left, was nearsighted. As for putting on glasses In public, the Association said John F. Kennedy, upper right, "was too vain," and Dwlght Elsenhower's, lower right, "never fit well." (UPI Photo) After Missile Downs Plane U.S. Official s Mystified CHERRY POINT, N.C. (UPI) — Armed forces officials said Saturday they still are mysified as to why an unarmed heatseeking missile fired by a Marine Phantom jet shot down a Navy A4 Skyhawk during a training mission Friday. "Obviously something went wrong, but I don't know what happened," said Cmdr. John Barry of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet headquarters at Norfolk. The jet plummeted into the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast after impact, but Lt. Jerome Petykowski, the pilot, was ejected from the plane. Petykowski, 30, of Virginia Beach, Va,, spent about an hour and. 45 minutes in the ocean before he was-rescued by a Marine Corps helicopter from Cherry Point. He was treated at the Cherry Point Hospital and released. The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. while the Navy and Marine Corps were conducting missile training exercises about 40 miles off the coast, according to Capt. James Pendergast of the Marine Corps' public information office. Officials said Friday the only thing they really know is that the missile, launched from a Marine F4 Phantom jet, caused the crash. Questions left to be answered were whether the SkyhaWk was towing a missile target and whether the missile was fired when it should not have been. ' The Navy said the Skyhawk was towing a target at the time of the accident. But the Marine Corps said it was under the impression that the target was being guided electronically from the ground. According to Warrant Officer Dale .Dye of the Marine Corps Public Information Office, missiles are fired at the targets during the exercise, "and there are sensors in the drone (target) which tell whether the thing was hit.'" OPEN SUNDAYS TILL CHRISTMAS 1:00-5:00 P.M. •Gifts •Christmas Accessories •Christmas Centerpieces •Christmas Plants •Fresh Christmas Greens The U.S. is the largest commercial producer of peaches in the world. n.OHAl. 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