Missouri Environment http://kbia.org en More Missourians turn to land trusts http://kbia.org/post/more-missourians-turn-land-trusts <p></p><p></p><p>For a long time in this country, landowners have taken steps to preserve their land from ever being developed.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 55948 at http://kbia.org More Missourians turn to land trusts Columbia kids power up on solar science Saturday http://kbia.org/post/columbia-kids-power-solar-science-saturday <p>You might be surprised to find out that on many a Saturday in Columbia throughout the year, kids are getting up bright and early to take part in science-related activities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, it's not even required!&nbsp; One of these events took place in late April when some Columbia Water and Light employees in conjunction with Columbia Public Schools helped about 15 students construct solar panels.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 53102 at http://kbia.org Columbia kids power up on solar science Saturday Missouri Coalition for the Environment raises concerns about the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant http://kbia.org/post/missouri-coalition-environment-raises-concerns-about-ameren-callaway-nuclear-plant <p>Ameren’s Callaway nuclear plant near Fulton is in its 30<sup>th</sup> year of operation. It has a 40-year license and is in the process of getting it renewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Coalition for the Environment is heading an effort to stop it from being </span>re-licensed<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 53906 at http://kbia.org Missouri Coalition for the Environment raises concerns about the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant Helping hands for Missouri Monarchs http://kbia.org/post/helping-hands-missouri-monarchs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Most of us are familiar with that icon of the insect world, the black and orange Monarch butterfly.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 51830 at http://kbia.org Helping hands for Missouri Monarchs Universities turn food waste into compost http://kbia.org/post/universities-turn-food-waste-compost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Food waste is something we all produce, but don’t like to think about. That’s why several large universities in Missouri are turning food waste from dining halls into compost.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:52:26 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 49592 at http://kbia.org Universities turn food waste into compost Kinder, Kelly debate future of Ozark National Scenic Riverways http://kbia.org/post/kinder-kelly-debate-future-ozark-national-scenic-riverways <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways continues to be a matter for debate – particularly between Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and state Representative Chris Kelly. The two politicians have been sparring over the park issue on Twitter, and on Saturday they met in the small southern Missouri town of Eminence for a formal debate.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 12:14:37 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 52429 at http://kbia.org Kinder, Kelly debate future of Ozark National Scenic Riverways Kelly, Kinder to debate future of Ozark Scenic Riverways National Park http://kbia.org/post/kelly-kinder-debate-future-ozark-scenic-riverways-national-park <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.5;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:11pt;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:07:45 +0000 Bridgit Bowden & Meredith Turk 52278 at http://kbia.org Kelly, Kinder to debate future of Ozark Scenic Riverways National Park University of Missouri helps Feds with climate change research http://kbia.org/post/university-missouri-helps-feds-climate-change-research <p></p><p></p><p>With all the bickering taking place in Congress about what to do or what not to do about climate change, you might think federal agencies wouldn't be dealing with it either. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 46586 at http://kbia.org University of Missouri helps Feds with climate change research The geology behind Columbia's water supply http://kbia.org/post/geology-behind-columbias-water-supply <p></p><p>You've probably read the headlines about the drought in California.&nbsp; It got me to thinking about what many of us probably take for granted, our water supply.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 50127 at http://kbia.org The geology behind Columbia's water supply Management of Ozark National Scenic Riverways sparks controversy http://kbia.org/post/management-ozark-national-scenic-riverways-sparks-controversy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri a battles rages over the use of a National Park, The Ozark National Scenic </span>Riverways<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. This National Park is visited by millions each year and was the first federally protected river system, established in 1964.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Meredith Turk 49767 at http://kbia.org Management of Ozark National Scenic Riverways sparks controversy Health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into Missouri [INFOGRAPHIC] http://kbia.org/post/health-concerns-grow-frac-sand-mines-creep-missouri-infographic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span>Ste<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Genevieve County, Mo., about 100 residents gathered for a town hall meeting in 2013 to discuss a new </span>frac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sand mine in their backyard. Officials from the county, state and mining company attended to answer questions residents might have.</span></p><p>Neighbors peppered the panel with questions: How will the mine’s sand dust be regulated? How will you prevent it from getting into our lungs? How will the traffic and explosions affect my health, my property and the ecosystem? Concerns about breathing in the microscopic sand particles, which could lead to <a href="http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/silicosis/understanding-silicosis.html">silicosis</a> in the lungs, abounded.</p><p>Jane Hardy, who lives about 1000 feet from the mine, said she wasn’t satisfied with the answers.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:18:05 +0000 Kristofor Husted 49593 at http://kbia.org Health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into Missouri [INFOGRAPHIC] Proponents pushing a plan to reduce e-waste in Missouri landfills http://kbia.org/post/proponents-pushing-plan-reduce-e-waste-missouri-landfills <p>In Missouri, certain businesses, schools, churches and government agencies are required by law to properly manage electronic waste or e-waste. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 48724 at http://kbia.org Proponents pushing a plan to reduce e-waste in Missouri landfills Elk program pleases hunters, but not farmers http://kbia.org/post/elk-program-pleases-hunters-not-farmers <p>In 2011, the Department of Conservation started reintroducing elk into the state of Missouri.&nbsp; The elk were brought in from Kentucky and released onto land designated as the Elk Relocation Zone.&nbsp; Part of this “zone” is conservation land in the Missouri Ozarks called Peck Ranch.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Right now, there’s a herd of more than a hundred elk roaming around in the Missouri Ozarks.&nbsp; But, you might not know it just by looking around.&nbsp; You see, they’re actually kind of hard to find in the woods.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 48190 at http://kbia.org Elk program pleases hunters, but not farmers Columbia Audubon Society assists state with controlled burn research http://kbia.org/post/columbia-audubon-society-assists-state-controlled-burn-research <p></p><p></p><p>Before the early settlers arrived in the Missouri Ozarks fire naturally moved through the area every few years or so creating more open space. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 46166 at http://kbia.org Columbia Audubon Society assists state with controlled burn research Carbon tax supporters lobby the old school way http://kbia.org/post/carbon-tax-supporters-lobby-old-school-way <p></p><p>The Washington D.C based Citizens Climate Lobby says if you want to take action on climate change one simple step you can take is to contact your members of Congress and ask them to support the Climate Change Act. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 45780 at http://kbia.org Carbon tax supporters lobby the old school way Hellbender survives in a tough environment http://kbia.org/post/hellbender-survives-tough-environment <p>The Eastern Hellbender is a giant salamander that has been around for millions of years.&nbsp; Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 44991 at http://kbia.org Hellbender survives in a tough environment Battle over homegrown solar energy continues http://kbia.org/post/battle-over-homegrown-solar-energy-continues <p>The fight over Proposition C continues. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:04:00 +0000 Meredith Turk 44925 at http://kbia.org Battle over homegrown solar energy continues Finding different ways to save birds http://kbia.org/post/finding-different-ways-save-birds <p></p><p>Listening to birds sing and talk is probably something we all take for granted at times. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 43854 at http://kbia.org Finding different ways to save birds Trees stressed by drought http://kbia.org/post/trees-stressed-drought <p></p><p>As you watch a a tree grow you can grow attached to it. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:04:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 42682 at http://kbia.org Trees stressed by drought Drought: Killing trees slowly http://kbia.org/post/drought-killing-trees-slowly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>In much of mid-Missouri during June, July and August, rainfall was well below normal.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 42557 at http://kbia.org Drought: Killing trees slowly