EPA official stresses clean water advocacy

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2010/jan/19/185319/ With the Environmental Protection Agency under attack like never before, Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks urged a friendly crowd at Monday’s Jayhawk Audubon Society meeting to advocate for cleaner water. Recently, Republicans — both in Kansas and in Washington, D.C. — have criticized the EPA for what they say ...

Hearing draws those for, against pipeline

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/videos/2011/sep/26/35033/ Topeka — The national debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline was pared down Monday afternoon to two chants on the sidewalk in front of the Kansas Expocentre. “What do we want? Jobs! When do we want them? Now!” cried the pipeline’s supporters, many of whom are members of ...

Toxic blue-green algae levels in some state lakes drop

Christine Metz

Good news for those wanting to enjoy the beautiful weekend on one of Kansas’ lakes. Toxic levels of blue-green algae are declining. For much of the summer, Milford Lake near Junction City has been under a public health warning, alerting people to avoid direct contact with the water. On Friday, ...

Public hearing on controversial pipeline project will be held in Topeka

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/26/219661/ Several of Kansas’ largest environmental groups plan to protest the massive and controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project when they rally outside of a public hearing in Topeka on Monday. Next week, the U.S. State Department will hold public hearings in eight cities stretching from Montana to Texas on TransCanada’s ...

Senator says dust regulation unnecessary; agency says farmers needn’t worry

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/21/221225/ From driving down rural roads to cattle stomping around the feedlot, dust is a common byproduct of farm life in Kansas. And that’s exactly why the state’s agricultural organizations are so concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency’s review of the Clean Air Act, which, among other things, stipulates how ...

Algal toxins have decreased in Kaw

Christine Metz

The latest round of water testing in the Kansas River shows that algal toxins have decreased upstream from Lawrence. Since the beginning of September, the U.S. Geological Survey has been sampling water in the Kansas River because of concerns of a massive blue-green algae bloom upstream in Milford Lake. Water ...

Concerns about blue-green algae shut down Kaw River Water Treatment Plant

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2010/aug/19/197116/ **Updated 5:40 p.m.** Toxic blue green-algae wasn’t detected in water samples taken from the city of Lawrence’s treatment plant last week. On Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey released results that showed water treated at the Kaw River Water Treatment Plant, or any other water departments along the Kaw, contained ...

Founder of national farm animal protection group to speak in Lawrence

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/14/220866/ Of the thousands of animals that Farm Sanctuary has rescued in its 25 years, a favorite stands out for founder Gene Baur. When Baur started his work to improve animal conditions at what he calls “factory farms,” it was common to find animals left to die in trash cans ...

In-house wastewater treatment system at Bayer Animal Health has recycled 1 million gallons and counting

Sara Shepherd

A major sustainability project at Bayer HealthCare LLC’s Animal Health Division is paying off — not so much in dollars as in water prevented from going down the drain. Wednesday, Bayer Animal Health officials held a press conference at their U.S. headquarters in Shawnee to announce that a wastewater treatment ...

Waste Management Lamp Tracker facility pays EPA penalty

Christine Metz

A national trash and recycling company that touts its commitment to stainability has been fined by the Environmental Protection Agency for multiple violations involving a recycling facility in Kaiser, Mo. On Tuesday, the EPA announced that Waste Management Lamp Tracker, Inc. has agreed to pay a $118,800 civil penalty that ...

City task force debates changes to yard waste program

Chad Lawhorn

Leaves versus cardboard. Grass clippings versus plastic. A city-appointed task force that is studying ways to revamp Lawrence’s trash and recycling system began debating Monday whether the city should place less emphasis on picking up yard waste in order to start placing more emphasis on providing a citywide curbside recycling ...

Efficiency Kansas receives $1.5 million to cover pending loans

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/29/219759/ Good news for the nearly 150 homeowners who were left in the lurch when the state pulled $22 million from the Efficiency Kansas program earlier this summer. The Kansas Commerce Department, which received the $22 million to fund commercial-energy projects, announced it would return $1.5 million in stimulus money ...

Eco-friendly products showcased at fair

Shaun Hittle

http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2011/sep/11/34982/ Environmentally friendly products and services were on full display Saturday at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., at the 11th annual Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair. Dozens of vendors displayed their eco-friendly services and products, while local community nonprofits promoted local efforts to increase recycling and lessen the Lawrence ...

The buck stops here: Hunters, officials discuss options to curb deer population

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2008/oct/29/158111/ From crossbow enthusiasts to muzzleloaders, hunters of all kinds had plenty of ideas on how the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism could better manage its deer hunting season. More than 40 hunters and landowners met at the Dole Institute of Politics on Thursday night as part of ...

Blue-green algae traveling down Kaw

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/02/220065/ The U.S. Geological Survey is monitoring toxic levels of blue-green algae as water released from Milford Lake moves downstream along the Kansas River. On Aug. 31, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released water from the bulging Milford Lake reservoir, which had been plagued by dangerous levels of blue-green ...

City leaders hope to start community gardens on city-owned land by spring

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/aug/31/219960/ Lawrence vice mayor Bob Schumm is a lifelong garden enthusiast and is happy to see more gardens growing in Lawrence. “I think it’s absolutely wonderful that the schools are getting involved in gardens and showing kids what they can grow and how to take care of things,” he said. ...

Shocker: Power demand from U.S. homes is falling

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/08/220374/ **By Jonathan Fahey** **Associated Press** **New York —** American homes are more cluttered than ever with devices, and they all need power: Cellphones and iPads that have to be charged, DVRs that run all hours, TVs that light up in high definition. But something shocking is happening to demand ...

Fall open house planned Sept. 10 at Monarch Watch on KU's West Campus

Andy Hyland

Kansas University’s Monarch Watch program will host its fall open house on Saturday. The event, which is free to attend, will feature butterflies, face painting, temporary Jayhawk tattoos and chrysalises for each child, said Chip Taylor, Monarch Watch director. It is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at ...

Solutions murky for fixing Kansas’ green blue algae problems

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/02/220069/ Milford Lake — From underneath a giant tree, Vonnie Bryant watches the happenings at Milford Lake. She’s a regular at Flagstop Resort and RV Park and her camp spot has a wide-open view of the largest lake in Kansas. “I’d rather sit out here than at home,” the Junction ...

Mayor predicting new era of recycling for Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The work of the city’s Solid Waste Task Force isn’t done yet, but Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell senses an emerging theme. “I think this really could be the very beginning of a new era of recycling in Lawrence,” Cromwell said. If Cromwell’s sense is right, expect that new era to ...

Defunded program leaves couple in the lurch

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/videos/2011/aug/28/34943/ When Wendy and James Traul signed up for the Efficiency Kansas loan program, they were more concerned about protecting their grandchildren than lowering their heating bill. In the couple’s 100-year-old home in east Lawrence is a 1940s-style radiant floor heater, a dangerous contraption for the two toddlers the Trauls ...

Massive oil pipeline project has Kansans and national environmental groups concerned

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/26/219661/ Kansas sits squarely in the middle of a debate that national environmental groups say will shape President Barack Obama’s legacy on fighting climate change. This week, droves of protestors were arrested in front of the White House as part of a sit-in opposing TransCanda’s 1,700-mile, $7 billion pipeline system ...

River advocates work to make dam safer

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/videos/2011/aug/21/34912/ **Topeka** — No one knows why Lawrence kayaker Ryan Moore went over a Topeka dam last month. The last person to see Moore alive spotted him headed for the portage that sits out of harm’s way just above the dam. When the man looked back toward the river, Moore ...

KDHE leader voices concerns over flood of EPA regulations

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/18/218992/ A steady stream of proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency could be a burden for Kansas. “We are in a period of time where the EPA is coming out with new regulation proposals almost weekly, sometimes it seems like it’s daily,” said John Mitchell, director of the environment ...

KDHE seeks students' environmentally minded artwork for calendar contest

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/16/218848/ Students passionate about art and the environment might want to consider the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s annual Kansas Don’t Spoil It calendar contest. Each year students ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors enter artwork depicting good environmental practices as a way to preserve the beauty and ...

Douglas County accepting applications for the open space and historic preservation grant program

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2009/dec/06/182755/ Think big. And think small. That's the advice Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman is giving those who are interested in applying for the inaugural round of funding from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant Program. Last summer, the county commissioners made the controversial decision to set aside $350,000 in ...

Local artist spreads environmentally conscious message in mural

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/09/218510/ Few restaurants have their business philosophy painted onto the side wall of their dining area. But that’s exactly what Local Burger owner Hilary Brown did when she hired Heather Reynolds to create a large mural in her downtown restaurant. Known for serving organic vegetables and grass-fed meats, Local Burger’s ...

Field to Table dinner to benefit Farm Aid

Christine Metz

Before musicians start rocking out Livestrong Sporting Park this weekend at Farm Aid, a slightly more upscale benefit will be held in Lawrence. At 6 p.m. Thursday, a Field to Table dinner and wine pairing will be held at Pachamama’s, 800 N.H. The event will be hosted by Deborah Brenner, ...

Energy auditors still await word on funding

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/jul/21/217475/ Linda B. Wiley was expecting her 1947 furnace to die any winter now. But this summer, the southeast Lawrence homeowner had high hopes that a loan through the state’s Efficiency Kansas program would cover the cost of a new one. That upgrade also would make it easier to qualify ...

Volunteers needed to pull invasive weed

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/08/218325/ Tall and slender with delicate purple flowers, the purple loosestrife is among the most threatening invasive species in Kansas. On Aug. 13, the Grassland Heritage Foundation will host its annual purple loosestrife eradication day. From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., volunteers will dig the invasive species out of the ...

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