The fall issue of Land, Air & Water is now available online

The cover features one of Kentucky’s natural wonders — Cumberland Falls located in Corbin. Photographed by Joe Forgacs of Danville. Joe works for the Division for Air Quality in Frankfort.

The fall 2014 issue is available for download at

On the inside cover, Secretary Peters reminds us of our mission as a cabinet to protect our land, air and water resources  – and also to become a leader in finding creative and innovative energy solutions that reduce greenhouse gases while building a base for strong economic growth.  This issue includes many examples of various businesses and organizations that are doing just that.  Their investments in alternative energy and energy efficiency, water conservation and protection will reap long-term rewards for us all.  Highlights from their stories are below:

  • A ‘green’ Habitat for Humanity community – The Durbin Estates development in Bowling Green will include 40 energy-efficient homes and green infrastructure such as rain gardens and pervious parking areas that will reduce the effects of storm water runoff. Beginning on Page 1, read about the extensive work going into this Habitat community that will assist families in breaking free of poverty.
  • Green dentistry – Dr. Richard Henry of Mt. Sterling is always looking for ways to support alternative energy.  On Page 3, read how he installed wind turbines to generate electricity that helps to power his office.  Dr. Henry also works with local students to encourage them to explore alternative energy projects.
  • Fort Knox is a global leader – The army base has the ability to generate all of its power needs onsite in case of emergency situations.  On Page 5, read how Fort Knox has maximized energy efficiency and conservation, providing energy security for its troops and their families.

This issue also highlights:

  • Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve – located in Powell County, this 742-acre preserve is full of history, from the knob where it is said that Daniel Boone once stood to get his first glance at the rolling hills of the Bluegrass to a trail that features remnant millstones dating back hundreds of years.  Read about it on Page 2.
  • Ozone study at Mammoth Cave National Park – Beginning on Page 9, Division for Air Quality’s Roberta Burnes writes about exploring the park with scientist Johnathan Jernigan looking for signs of ground-level ozone damage on plant life.

These stories, as well as many others in this issue, demonstrate that Kentuckians are adopting their own approach to environmental stewardship and that no matter how small the effort, it still makes a difference.  If you have comments or suggestions for future stories, contact me by e-mail or by phone at 564-5525.