Scenic Snapshot: September 2023
In this month's Scenic Snapshot: The winners of Scenic America's annual America the Beautiful Photo Contest are announced, a statement against digital billboards in Los Angeles, words of celebration around Public Lands Month, and more!
Scenic America's 2023 America the Beautiful Photo Contest Winners Announced
We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s America the Beautiful Photo Contest! Our 2023 contest saw over 800 submissions from over 300 different photographers of every skill level. The People’s Choice category, which was a public vote, saw over 1,400 people participating and casting votes for their favorites, making this year’s contest one of the most popular yet.
A Statement from Scenic America and Scenic Los Angeles on Metro's Transportation Communications Network
Scenic America and Scenic Los Angeles are deeply concerned about the Los Angeles City Planning Commission’s 6-0 vote in favor of Metro’s proposed transportation communication network (TCN). Despite a vocal, sustained, and informed opposition by members of the community, the Planning Commission has effectively decided to put the profits of the outdoor advertising industry ahead of its own citizens and taxpayers. If ultimately passed by the City Council, this proposal will bring unprecedented scenic blight and visual pollution to our community.
Celebrating Public Lands Month: Preserving Scenic Beauty for Generations to Come
September is a month of transition, where the warm embrace of summer starts to give way to the cool, crisp days of autumn. It’s also a time when we celebrate our country’s public lands. Designated as Public Lands Month, September offers us an opportunity to reflect on the breathtaking natural landscapes that have been conserved for the benefit of all Americans.
The Environmental Impact of Power Lines
Power lines are a ubiquitous part of our landscape, essential for transmitting electricity from power plants to our homes and businesses. However, above-ground power lines, while being cost-effective and easy to maintain, come with a significant environmental toll. Let’s take a look at the negative environmental impacts of above-ground power lines and how underground power lines can be a more sustainable alternative.
The Secrets of Successful Communities – Part 4: Pick and Choose Among Development Projects
All development is not created equal. Some development projects will make a community a better place to live, work, and visit. Other development projects will not. The biggest impediment to better development in many communities is a fear of saying “no” to anything. In my experience, communities that will not say no to anything will get the worst of everything.
Preparing for Natural Disasters: How Utility Undergrounding Can Help
With extreme weather events and natural disasters on the rise both nationally and globally, it is more important than ever for communities to be prepared for disaster when it strikes. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at natural disaster preparation. We’ll also explore how utility undergrounding can be an overlooked — but significant — aspect of community safety.
SOO Green Transmission Line Gets Green Light from Iowa Regulators
The SOO Green transmission line project has achieved a significant milestone with its approval by Iowa regulators on September 13, 2023. The Iowa Utilities Board granted a franchise to SOO Green HVDC Link ProjectCo, the project's developer, to construct and operate the Iowa segment of this underground 525-kV high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line, spanning 350 miles from Mason City, Iowa, to Yorkville, Illinois.
Introducing the Scenic America Planned Giving Society
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