The Fall Issue of Land, Air & Water is now available online

The fall 2013 issue is now available for download at Fallhttp://eec.ky.gov/Pages/LandAirWater.aspx.

The cover features the area of the Red River Gorge known as Courthouse Rock.  It was photographed by Dale Burton, who works in the Division of Mine Permits.

Reading Land, Air & Water continues to be an excellent way to stay informed about your cabinet’s many programs that are helping Kentucky communities statewide increase environmental awareness, develop opportunities for growth, and promote energy efficiency.   This issue highlights the following articles:  

  • Urban superfund cleanup – The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has been cleaning up the yards of Louisville’s Park Hill residents whose properties have been contaminated by the former manufacturing facility known as Black Leaf Chemical.  Beginning on Page 2, read how DEP staff are helping to reduce exposure to the contamination and how Division of Forestry staff are helping to choose appropriate trees as replacements for those being removed during the cleanup process.
  • Seasoned travelers – Migratory songbirds spend their summers nesting and breeding in Kentucky’s large forested areas, but travel thousands of miles to winter in South and Central America.  Read about these tiny travelers beginning on Page 5 and learn how the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund staff monitor their population and their habitat to protect them from decline.
  • Improving water quality – The centerfold focuses on the Hinkston Creek Watershed in Montgomery County and how residents and farmers are getting involved in making environmental improvements by reducing the effects of nonpoint source pollution to their creek.  Read what they’re doing beginning on Page 9.
  • Chairman Martin retires – For the past 19 years, Dr. William H. Martin has chaired the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board, helping to conserve natural areas throughout Kentucky totaling 80,000 acres statewide.  Read about his tenure with the board on Page 13 and how 90 acres of frontage on the Rockcastle River has been named in his honor.

The fall issue also highlights how Kentucky’s Clean Diesel Program is working to reduce emissions from diesel engines and ultimately clean the air we breathe on Page 1; how residents and commercial customers of Hickman, Fulton, Carlisle and Graves counties are seeing reduced electricity bills as a result of an energy-efficient outdoor lighting project on Page 3;  how the city of Crab Orchard turned an old scrap yard into a beautiful community park on Page 6; and various other articles related to EEC programs.

If you have comments or suggestions for future stories, contact me by e-mail or by phone at 564-5525

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