Environment

Environment
11:55 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Peregrine falcon no longer on IN's watchlist

Credit Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana has taken the peregrine falcon off the state endangered species list. The birds were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999.

Habitat loss and pesticide use almost wiped out the peregrine falcon population in the 1960s. There weren’t any birds east of the Mississippi River by 1965. Indiana wildlife officials began trying to reintroduce the bird in the early 1990s.

Now those conservation efforts are paying off. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources removed the falcon from the state endangered species list this month.

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Environment
11:29 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Officials approve clean up plans for a downtown Lafayette property

Work will begin soon on a slum and blight spot in downtown Lafayette. The city and the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) are moving forward with clean-up of the property once owned by Midwest Rentals. The 2.3 acre site sits along the river and is bounded by South Street, railroad tracks and Sycamore Street.

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Environment
11:53 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hoosier Environmental Council offers webinar for businesses

The Hoosier Environmental Council wants to help businesses reduce their energy costs. The group is hosting a workshop that also aims at green job creation.

Policy advisor Kris Wheeler hopes the online event gives business owners new resources to improve their operations. She says buildings consume about 40% of the energy we use, so finding efficiencies will save money.

“Lighting is about 30% of where your energy goes, so just using energy-efficient lighting can have a significant impact, or the business owner can do a top-to-bottom, full building retrofit.”

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Environment
4:53 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Downtown Lafayette "blight" to be cleaned up

The 2.3 acre site slated for clean-up was most recently a Midwest Portables property.
Credit Google Maps

A former industrial site in downtown Lafayette should be cleaned up later this summer. The 2.3 acres are just south of South Street along the river.

It was officially designated a slum and blight spot by the city council last year.

Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) executive director Stan Lambert says the organization bought the property in 2010.

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Environment
10:47 am
Wed May 29, 2013

SCOTUS rules against IN, Pence vows to fight

The U-S Supreme Court is declining to review a lower court decision that prevents the state of Indiana from cutting Planned Parenthood out of its Medicaid program.

Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill in 2011 that prevented Medicaid recipients from being reimbursed for health services at Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortions.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law in court.

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Environment
5:41 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Purdue hosts Earth Day activities

Purdue's Earth Day activities today (Mon) will feature exhibits, games and demonstrations along with campus and community project presentations.

The activities will conclude with a lecture by retired U.S. Marines Colonel Mark Mykleby.

Mykleby served as special strategic assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from July 2009 to April 2011.

His talk, titled "Sustainability: Our National Strategic Initiative," is set for 5:30 in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering.

Environment
5:49 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Organization pushing Hoosiers into high speed rail project

The Hoosier Environmental Council wants to see progress in bringing high speed passenger rail to Indiana, and wants the public to get involved.

The Midwest Regional Rail System plan goes back to the 1990s, with the goal of connecting Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit and Cleveland.

More federal funding has been made available in recent years, so states are jumping into action.

But Tim Maloney with the Hoosier Environmental Council says Indiana is lagging behind neighboring states.

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

State Budget Committee approves Purdue energy projects

Purdue's Wade Power Plant to undergo energy upgrades as part of the university's Comprehensive Energy Master Plan.
Purdue University

Purdue will use $33.1 million to move away from coal-powered energy and toward natural gas.

The money comes from what was supposed to be used to build a clean-coal boiler, but that project was canceled last year. A state committee approved the financing deal Wednesday.

Administrators say Purdue is now focusing on natural gas projects, which are more viable for the future.

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Environment
8:46 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Tippecanoe, other counties part of federal disaster declaration

U.S. Drought Monitor map for Indiana as of July 24, shows much of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought condition.
U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is designating more Indiana counties a disaster area due to the ongoing drought.

The additional 14 counties are: Blackford, Boone, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Henry, Madison, Montgomery, Rush, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and White.

Farmers and ranchers in each of those counties, and ones contiguous to them, are available for federal disaster assistance, such as low-interest loans.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Home energy audits offered to Hoosiers

As Indiana continues to suffer through weeks of extreme heat conditions, people are looking for ways  to save money on their energy bills.  Now, the state and its utility companies are offering home audits to help Hoosiers cut costs.

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