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6:39 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Federal Funds Offered For Water Pollution Cleanup

Credit ky.nrcs.usda.gov

State officials are reminding Kentuckians that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide grants to partially pay for projects that help clean up polluted streams, lakes and groundwater supplies.

The deadline for submitting proposals is February 3.

The Kentucky Division of Water is the agency that awards the matching grants that pay for 60% of the overall costs of projects chosen.

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Environment
11:34 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season Officially Ends, But Fires Still Possible

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Although Kentucky’s fall forest fire hazard season officially ended December 15th, Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say people should remain vigilant when burning or building fires out in the open.  

KDF Director Leah MacSwords says even though winter precipitation decreases the number of forest fires, it only takes a few sunny dry days to create favorable conditions. 

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Environment
7:14 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Multiple Deaths In Weekend Flooding

Five people have been killed in flooding caused by a strong storm system that swept through most of Kentucky over the weekend, authorities said Sunday.

In Ballard County, a body was discovered around 2 p.m. near a car that had been abandoned in a flooded ditch state Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers told The Associated Press.

Three people were pulled from Rolling Fork River in central Kentucky yesterday morning after their vehicle was swept away in flood waters.

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Environment
7:08 am
Mon December 23, 2013

State Analysis Urges Energy Diversification... This Time, to Keep Coal in the Mix

Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:22 pm

A new analysis from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet finds that without policy changes, the commonwealth may be powered almost entirely by natural gas by the middle of the century.

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Environment
6:15 am
Wed December 18, 2013

LBL Announces New Bison Calf

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area says there's a new bison calf at the Elk and Bison Prairie.

The calf was spotted December 9, and LBL says it was probably born during or just before the icy weekend a few days earlier.

LBL says the calf's mother has been very protective of the newborn.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

After Protest, LBL Maintenance Contract Awarded to South Carolina Company

The federal government has given final approval to an $8.5 million maintenance contract at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded South Carolina-based EnviroSmart the 5-year contract in August which prompted a protest by union workers contracted with Swift & Staley - the Kevil company which has conducted maintenance operations at the park since 2010.

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Environment
6:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Eagle Watching Opportunities To Open

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Eagle watching is on the calendar early next year throughout the region, where several weekend viewing trips are available through Kentucky State Parks and Land Between the Lakes.

The state park tours go by excursion yacht or van, and prices range from $25 to $50 per adult.

Programs are scheduled January 10 through 12 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, January 24 through 26 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park and January 31 through February 2 at Kenlake State Resort Park.

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Environment
7:41 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Fracking Goes To The Ballot Box In Johnson County, Ill.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 4:21 pm

Voters in Johnson County, Illinois will have a chance to voice their opinions about hydraulic fracturing at the ballot box. 

A group of Johnson County citizens submitted 1,001 signature to county officials on Thursday to put a non-binding resolution on the March 18 primary ballot that asks if fracking should be banned within the county. They only needed to gather 374.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Sugar

Sugar is a 10-month-old Poodle/Jack Russell Terrier mix up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She's mostly white with brown ears and some brown patches on her tail. Even though she's part terrier and a puppy, she was very calm and sweet at WKMS, and was eager to meet all the staff and students that wanted to see her. Upon meeting Whitney, she climbed right into her lap and loved being petted on. Sugar had one previous owner, who could no longer afford to care for her. The Humane Society is seeking a loving and forever home for Sugar.

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Environment
7:15 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Whooping Cranes Land In KY

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Kentucky wildlife officials say a small number of whooping cranes have shown up in the state. They said yesterday that wildlife biologists confirmed the presence of five of the birds in Hopkins County and received a report of a sixth bird in Barren County.

Whooping cranes are a federally endangered bird that may not be hunted.

Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette to sandhill cranes. However, sandhill cranes have gray bodies and are smaller than whooping cranes.

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