water http://kbia.org en Business Beat: Missouri's best cities for LGBT; water efficiency http://kbia.org/post/business-beat-missouris-best-cities-lgbt-water-efficiency <p>Our neighbors in St. Louis and Kansas City are two of 25 cities in the U.S. to get a perfect score on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, or MEI. Columbia and Jefferson City fell further down the list. The MEI is conducted by a national organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The study looks at equality issues including nondiscrimination policies in cities and states.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:20:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 44774 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-cafos-and-aid-veterans-farm-bill <p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44841 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill Federal conservation programs soon to lose funding http://kbia.org/post/federal-conservation-programs-soon-lose-funding <p>Farmers across the country are being encouraged to sign up for federal conservation programs. The catch is, as of now, the programs have no funding.<br><br>Scott Stuntz reports for Harvest Public Media.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:30:50 +0000 Scott Stuntz 39928 at http://kbia.org Federal conservation programs soon to lose funding Scientists detect high levels of nitrogen in Midwest waterways http://kbia.org/post/scientists-detect-high-levels-nitrogen-midwest-waterways <p>This spring and summer, U.S. Geological Survey scientists <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/scientists-check-corn-belt-waters-effects-ag-runoff">waded into 100 Midwest streams</a> to test for hundreds of chemicals used in farming, including nutrients, pesticides like atrazine and glyphosate, and livestock hormones. The results from the study are trickling in. But preliminary findings indicate that from May through early July, 21 percent of the region’s streams contained very high levels of nitrogen in the form of nitrates.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:39:02 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 39487 at http://kbia.org Scientists detect high levels of nitrogen in Midwest waterways Farmers look to do more with less water http://kbia.org/post/farmers-look-do-more-less-water <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:35:40 +0000 Luke Runyon 39294 at http://kbia.org Farmers look to do more with less water Field to tap: The impact of farm runoff on drinking water http://kbia.org/post/field-tap-impact-farm-runoff-drinking-water <p>It doesn’t come as a major surprise that agricultural runoff is doing more harm than good to the environment. Agriculture is the nation’s leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the <a href="http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/outreach/point1.cfm" style="line-height: 1.538em;">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a>. Storms move pesticides, nutrients and sediment from farmers’ fields to nearby waterways. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 38523 at http://kbia.org Field to tap: The impact of farm runoff on drinking water Why does the water taste so funny in Columbia? http://kbia.org/post/why-does-water-taste-so-funny-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actually we think it's pretty ok. But some people can't stand it! CoMo Explained investigates with guest host </span><a href="http://www.kbia.org/people/abbie-fentress-swanson">Abbie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Fentress</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kbia.org/people/abbie-fentress-swanson"> Swanson</a>:</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:55:03 +0000 Scott Pham 37222 at http://kbia.org Why does the water taste so funny in Columbia? Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff http://kbia.org/post/scientists-check-corn-belt-waters-effects-ag-runoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eleven miles northeast of Centralia, Mo., five U.S. Geological Survey scientists don waders and bright reflective life jackets to wade into </span>Goodwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Creek. Plenty of fish live in the stream’s murky slow-moving waters, along with snakes, crayfish, mussels and snapping turtles. On this overcast morning, the team collects water samples and checks submerged cages of </span>fathead<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> minnows for eggs.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:13:44 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 35608 at http://kbia.org Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff Mo. approves 3,700 applications for well projects http://kbia.org/post/mo-approves-3700-applications-well-projects <p>Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri officials have approved more than 3,700 applications totaling $18.7 million to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers get more water.</p><p>The emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent of the cost of drilling or deepening a well or expanding an irrigation system. The state&#39;s match is capped at $20,000 per project.</p><p>Nixon announced the program in late June. Monday was the deadline for farmers and livestock producers to apply.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:36:32 +0000 Associated Press 19055 at http://kbia.org Mo. approves 3,700 applications for well projects Missouri farmers, ranchers continue to apply for water help http://kbia.org/post/missouri-farmers-ranchers-continue-apply-water-help <p>As cattle were auctioned off at the Joplin Regional Stockyards, Governor Nixon met over coffee Monday at the stockyard&rsquo;s café with local ranchers and farmers.&nbsp; He listened to their stories about how the emergency water cost-share program has helped them and gave them an update on the program.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:19:20 +0000 Michele Skalicky 18482 at http://kbia.org Missouri farmers, ranchers continue to apply for water help Auxvasse wants funds for water and sewage system improvements http://kbia.org/post/auxvasse-wants-funds-water-and-sewage-system-improvements <p>The City of Auxvasse is asking residents to approve a 5-million dollar bond issue to help fund projects related to the city&rsquo;s water and sewer systems. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:08:46 +0000 Natalie Cheng 10802 at http://kbia.org Grant will help keep Columbia creeks clean http://kbia.org/post/grant-will-help-keep-columbia-creeks-clean <p>Boone County and the City of Columbia are using a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study storm-water runoff into Bear Creek, north of I-70. A task force will focus on reducing pollutants, which flow directly into the creek, untreated. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:26:09 +0000 Brian Pepoon 8573 at http://kbia.org Grant will help keep Columbia creeks clean