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Indiana DNR

Though it may come as a surprise to some, there are indeed shipwrecks in Indiana. The unlucky vessels rest beneath the waters of Lake Michigan, and now, thanks to a new website from the Department of Natural Resources, you don’t need a scuba suit to visit them.

The new site, IndianaShipwrecks.org, is part of the DNR’s website. It provides detailed, virtual tours of historic shipwrecks lying off Indiana’s coast beneath Lake Michigan.

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Asian carp are wreaking havoc on rivers across Indiana – most recently in Monroe County.

The invasive species has been detected in Salt Creek, sparking fears that the fish will make their way into nearby Lake Monroe. The Department of Natural Resources is alerting fishermen to try and prevent that from happening.

But if Asian carp do end up in Lake Monroe, there’s not much the state can do to get rid of them.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Residents of Danville, Indiana, along with the Hoosier Environmental Council, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against a large factory farm. If successful, the suit could have major consequences for the agriculture industry in the state.

Neighbors of the farm, which contains approximately 8,000 pigs, say the odor is unbearable. Gases like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide that waft from large manure pits could pose health risks. And they say their property value has plummeted, so they can’t just sell and move away.

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Last summer, a restless black bear wandered into northern Indiana, inciting a flurry of media coverage and even a parody twitter account.

The bear eventually returned to Michigan, but representatives from the Indiana DNR say in Indiana, when it comes to homesteading bears, it’s not a matter of if, but when they arrive.

International Society of Arboriculture

In a university town, September usually means one thing: college football. But there’s another sport at Purdue you probably won’t catch on the Big 10 Network. Every fall, arborists from across the country immerse themselves in the world of competitive tree climbing.

Yes, it’s an actual thing. The winner of Indiana’s championship gets a lot of aboriculture swag – a fancy water bottle and a handsaw is included in the prize package – and a chance to compete at the international tree climbing finals next spring.