Knowing I’m getting the Christmas week for my column, I started to write with the intent of celebrating how the environment supports our holiday cheer. I apologize if the mixed results of my research leaves you feeling there is a “Grinchy” tinge to your green Christmas.
PORTAGE | The environmental committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on Thursday discussed the proposed Illiana Expressway without agreeing to a recommendation for a vote by the full board.
This is the time of year when it is usually pretty easy to see who has decided to let the turf grass in their lawn go dormant for the hot summer months, and who has decided to irrigate.
One of the main storm drains on my block is at the end of my driveway. Wednesday morning as I stood out in the extreme downpour, clearing branches and debris out of this drain to allow the water to clear, I was reminded of a conversation with a region resident complaining about their stormwater fee.
We use water to sustain our bodies, cook and grow our food. We use it to wash everything from clothes to toes, cars to decks. We use it to float goods to us from faraway places, and to carry away waste products. We swim, paddle and play in it.
Remember that today’s snow is tomorrow’s river and lake. Here is my annual list of how to limit the stormwater pollution you create during the winter.
Since this is a Thanksgiving column, you are either reading this column with the delicious aroma of turkey in the oven, or you are dozing over your newspaper in a pleasant turkey tryptophan-induced daze. While you are thinking of all the things you are thankful for -- whether family, friends…
Many people recycle, and that is a great green thing to do. Some conserve energy by turning down the thermostats, changing light bulbs and replacing windows when they can. These are great steps individuals can take toward a green future. But there is a lot more we can do together in our citi…
Public opinion polls show Americans want clean water. Our own surveys of Northwest Indiana residents found that 91 percent value clean water.
I’ve written a lot about stormwater runoff and ways to protect it. Today I’m thinking about the water underneath the ground and how the two are connected.
Now that spring is truly here, it is hard not to notice some of our feathered friends settling down for a season of reproduction. Who doesn't enjoy the site of Canadian geese gracefully sailing across a lake, the cute upturned tail of a dabbling duck, or soaring seagulls circling at the beac…
The old Bing Crosby standard "Pennies from Heaven" reminds us that rain falling from the sky is valuable and that clouds and showers now lead to sunshine and flowers later. The song recommends turning your umbrella upside down to catch this treasure.
You probably already know that many of the common household products used for cleaning, home improvement, pest control or other purposes need to be handled with care. Yet despite label language such as "Danger," "Caution," "Warning" or "Toxic," we can get so used to household chemicals that …
Are you a stormwater pollution skeptic? Do you tend to think that all the talk about runoff causing water pollution is just an urban legend designed to distract us from more important topics?
VALPARAISO | Mark Thiros, 49, was named Tuesday to fill the vacancy on Valparaiso's Utilities Board.
VALPARAISO | It appears the city can appoint someone to the utilities board who does not live inside Valparaiso's city limits.
VALPARAISO | To expand representation on the city's Utilities Board, Mayor Jon Costas wants to appoint someone who receives city water and sewer services but lives outside city limits.
Many have said that the 21st century will be the century of water. In the not too distant future, clean freshwater will be as precious as oil seems right now.
VALPARAISO | Recent tests of water from faucets in older homes turned up five cases of excess copper, a Water Department official said Tuesday.
Fall is in the air. Now, some folks greet the beautiful fall color show of our urban trees with excitement and pure aesthetic appreciation. Others look at a few golden leaves starting to fall and can think only of the how much work all that raking will be.
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