Air quality education offered in Carlisle, Jamestown

“Learn before you burn” and “Why care about air?” classes offered

How do you teach about something you can’t see, taste, or feel?  Teachers and non-formal educators can explore air quality education in a day-long workshop titled, “Why Care about Air?”, on Friday, June 12 at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown, Kentucky.

Credit: Virginia Lewis

Credit: Virginia Lewis

Led by Roberta Burnes and Kentucky Environmental Education Council Executive Director Elizabeth Schmitz, the workshop will explore air quality through hands-on, standards-based activities.  Whether you are a classroom teacher, 4-H or Scout leader, or homeschool parent, this workshop will provide you with lessons and resources that will make air quality come alive for your students.

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National Dam Safety Day focuses on awareness and keeping citizens safe

Nearly 1,000 active dams across the state provide drinking water, recreational opportunities and prevent flooding

On May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania failed after several days of heavy rain.  The dam’s failure resulted in the loss of over 2,200 lives.  Each year, May 31st is a day set aside to remember this tragedy, promote dam safety and recognize the benefits that dams offer. Johnstown Flood May 31, 1889

This year the Association of State Dam Safety Officials along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are  working to heighten awareness for dam safety. FEMA and state programs throughout the nation work tirelessly to ensure citizen’s safety.

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Current Job Openings at the Department for Environmental Protection – May 28, 2015

If you are interested in working at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

  • 40786BRENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER ASSISTANT I– (Closes 5/28/15
  • 40782BRINTERNAL POLICY ANALYST II – (Closes 5/28/15)
  • 40783BRGEOLOGIST I – (Closes 5/28/15)
  • 40786BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I – (Closes 5/28/15)
  • 40784BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST IV – (Closes 5/28/15)
  • 40975BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I – (Closes 6/06/15)

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Toxic releases down nearly 12 million pounds over two-year period

Analysis shows Kentucky continues to release fewer chemicals into air, crediting Clean Air Act and statewide industries

Analysis from the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows a continued downward trend in toxic pollutants entering Kentucky’s air.

The Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of  reporting data submitted by industries to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for calendar year 2013, which can be downloaded  here:  http://dep.ky.gov/Pages/TRI.aspx

A study of the required reporting data by Kentucky industries shows Kentucky saw a continued reduction in toxic environmental releases in 2013.

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Current Job Openings at the Department for Environmental Protection – May 21, 2015

If you are interested in working at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and have a passion for public service, we encourage you to apply for the vacancies.

  • 40612BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I – (Closes 5/21/15)
  • 40615BRENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER ASSISTANT I– (Closes 5/21/15)
  • 40616BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST III – (Closes 5/21/15)
  • 40620BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I – (Closes 5/21/15
  • 40613BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I – (Closes 5/21/15)
  • 40614BR  – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I – (Closes 5/21/15)
  • 40659BRGEOLOGIST I – (Closes 5/22/15)
  • 40639BRENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR – (Closes 5/22/15)
  • 40642BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST II – (Closes 5/22/15)
  • 40633BRADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST II – (Closes 5/22/15)
  • 40643BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST II – (Closes 5/22/15)
  • 40645BRINTERNAL POLICY ANALYST II – (Closes 5/22/15)
  • 40646BRINTERNAL POLICY ANALYST II – (Closes 5/22/15
  • 40647BRENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR – (Closes 5/22/15)
  • 40678BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST IV – (Closes 5/23/15)
  • 40680BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST IV – (Closes 5/23/15)
  • 40733BRENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER ASSISTANT I– (Closes 5/25/15)
  • 40734BRENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER ASSISTANT I– (Closes 5/25/15)
  • 40782BRINTERNAL POLICY ANALYST II – (Closes 5/28/15)
  • 40783BRGEOLOGIST I – (Closes 5/28/15)
  • 40786BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I – (Closes 5/28/15)
  • 40784BRENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST III – (Closes 5/28/15)

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Kentucky Division of Water unveils new water health portal

Provides detailed information on the health of Kentucky waters

Kentuckians can now find out if their favorite spot on the water is safe to swim or if the fish there are healthy enough to eat with a few clicks of the mouse.

Kentucky’s Water Health Portal — http://watermaps.ky.gov/  — is an interactive Web-based map application that enables users to learn about the health of the streams in their area and across the Commonwealth.  Continue reading

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State Division of Waste Management Announces Over $3.3 Million in Waste Grants

Recycling, household hazardous waste programs funded

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management today announced 46 recycling and 25 household hazardous waste (HHW) grants of more than $3.3 million. The grants will be used to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste, which includes electronic scrap and mercury from homes throughout the Commonwealth. Continue reading

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