Free air quality workshops offered by DEQ Free air quality workshops offered by DEQ Advocate staff report June 11, 2014 Comments DEQ hosting workshops on open burning The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring a free workshop to assist fire departments, municipalities and the general public with understanding air quality regulations concerning open burning. All workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the following locations: June 19: Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 5, 8098 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs. June 24: Gonzales Public Safety Center, 736 W. Orice Roth St., Gonzales. June 26: Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville. July 8: Lafayette Utilities System, 1314 Walker Road, Lafayette. July 15: DEQ Conference Center, Oliver Pollock Room, 602 N. Fifth St., Baton Rouge. July 16: LSU Agricultural Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/qyj5s3w. More information is available from Linda Hardy at (225) 219-3954 or by email at Linda.email@example.com. Streets to close for Family Fit Day Streets surrounding City Park, Brooks Park and City Park Lake will close Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for Baton Rouge Family Fit Day activities. The streets will be used for a number of activities, including runs, pet walks, bike rides, tennis, paddle boarding, fitness classes and balloon races. The event is part of Mayor Kip Holden’s Healthy City Initiative and is sponsored by Ochsner Health System, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Woman’s Center for Wellness and BREC. Participants must sign a waiver to get a pass for the day and a water bottle. Registration will be set up at the Baton Rouge Gallery and the May Street Beach area. Local traffic can still use the closed streets. Perkins Road will be open as far as the first entrance to City Park, coming from Interstate 10. Visit healthybr.com for more information. Those who wish to volunteer can sign up at bit.ly/brfitvols. Proposed maps available to public The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will hold after-hours sessions to allow parish residents the chance to look at and get answers to questions about five proposed new maps of School Board election districts. The proposals would shrink the 11-member board to anywhere from seven to 10 members. The School Board introduced the five maps on June 5 and plans to vote on them July 24. The board will hold the first public viewing of the maps from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. It will conduct a second viewing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 9. Both will take place next to the School Board Office at the Instructional Resource Center, 1022 S. Foster Drive. Dannie Garrett with Redistricting LLC will be on hand to answer any questions. The five maps, dubbed “Reapportionment Plan Proposals,” are viewable on the school system’s homepage. Supporters of shrinking the board say it would make it more efficient and would save money. Opponents say the idea is politically driven, unnecessary and would lead to larger districts that board members would less effective in representing. If approved, the new districts would be in effect for the Nov. 4 School Board election. Qualifying takes place Aug. 20-22. If rejected, the board will proceed with the 11-member plan it approved in November 2012. That plan is also available for viewing at www.ebrschools.org.