Fall Issue of Land Air & Water Now Available

A male cardinal photographed by Donna Forgacs of Danville

The fall issue of Land, Air & Water is available for download at http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/LandAirWater.aspx.

Inside, Secretary Peters reflects on 2014 and the dedication of EEC employees who strive to promote sustainability and environmentally sound practices across the Commonwealth, who showcase perseverance in many ongoing projects, and who display a willingness to create partnerships with other agencies and organizations that produce positive progress in the desire to make Kentucky energy-efficient, safer, cleaner and a more prosperous place to live, work and play.  Read about a few of these projects and partnerships below:  

  • Mussel restoration  – A host of biologists from the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, Division of Water, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are working together to re-establish the Cumberland elktoe and other mussels back into the Marsh Creek Watershed Basin.  Beginning on Page 2, read about the group’s endeavors to identify problems related to mussel decline and their efforts to bring back these filter-feeders that are valuable indicators of clean and healthy waterways.
  • From a landfill to solar power  – Fort Campbell is taking a unique approach in creating renewable energy by locating the state’s largest solar array on a 30-acre parcel of landfill space.  Read on Page 5 how the partnership between state and federal agencies and private organizations worked together to obtain grants to create a system that will generate enough energy to power 463 homes.
  • Efficient energy through CHP – Kentucky’s CHP program, or combined heat and power, is helping industries utilize waste heat, natural gas or biomass from their manufacturing processes and turn it into electricity.  On Page 6, read how the partnership between the Department for Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is educating and promoting this highly efficient form of technology that can help Kentucky reach its goals of energy demands through efficiency set out in Governor Beshear’s strategic energy plan.

This issue also highlights:

  • Stream gages: from past to present – More than 5,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians measured their floodwaters and water supplies using a nilometer.  Today, Kentucky citizens receive many benefits, including flood forecasting, water management and safe stream conditions for water sports, from the modern stream gages in use by the U.S. Geological Survey.  Read this interesting article on stream gage history on Page 1.
  • A winter hike – walking the trails in winter at Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve reveals the forest in a way that the eye cannot comprehend in spring or summer.  On Page 13, read about the preserve’s display of beautiful towering trees and dramatic steep slopes.

Other stories include changes to wood burning appliances that will reduce smoke pollution, the advantages of cover crops to Kentucky farmers, the transformation of a brownfield into a community center in Sharpsburg, among many others.