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Kathy Luther

Hobart to unveil new CNG-powered garbage truck

HOBART | Hobart officials and representatives from South Shore Clean Cities are set to unveil the region's first compressed natural gas-powered garbage truck Monday.

August 14, 2014 1:36 pm
KATHY LUTHER: Rain, rain go away - but not completely

KATHY LUTHER: Rain, rain go away - but not completely

You might have noticed that we’ve had a little rain in the region lately. If you are like me, right about now you have that childhood rhyme “Rain, Rain, Go Away! Come again some other day!” running through your head. At my house we have once again dubbed our backyard Lake Luther because of l…

June 26, 2014 12:00 am

Six communities selected for Green Fleet program

MERRILLVILLE | Two local partners selected six Northwest Indiana communities for the Green Fleet program.

June 16, 2014 11:15 am

IUN students partner with NIRPC for public policy project

PORTAGE | A dozen graduate students at Indiana University Northwest have teamed up with regional planners to learn more about the role of public participation in policy making.

June 07, 2014 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Create healthy lawn without poisoning water

KATHY LUTHER: Create healthy lawn without poisoning water

Now that we have parked our snowblowers in favor of lawnmowers, and traded our snow shovels for spades, it is time to talk about environmentally responsible gardening. Whatever patch of green you call home, whether it is a few patio planters, prize-winning veggies or acres of turf, how you t…

May 22, 2014 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Melting snow reveals water's awesome power

KATHY LUTHER: Melting snow reveals water's awesome power

At long last the mile-high snow piles have melted away. In their wake, I find two things to reflect on.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Christmas tree green in other ways, too

KATHY LUTHER: Christmas tree green in other ways, too

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.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am

NIRPC environmental committee declines stance on Illiana vote

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.

December 05, 2013 7:46 pm
KATHY LUTHER: Tips for healthy turf, gardens

KATHY LUTHER: Tips for healthy turf, gardens

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.

August 27, 2013 12:20 pm
KATHY LUTHER: Stormwater fees don't stop rain, but manage it

KATHY LUTHER: Stormwater fees don't stop rain, but manage it

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.

June 27, 2013 12:05 am
KATHY LUTHER: Water knows no boundaries

KATHY LUTHER: Water knows no boundaries

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.

May 23, 2013 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Use deicing agents sparingly to protect streams

KATHY LUTHER: Use deicing agents sparingly to protect streams

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.

February 28, 2013 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Give thanks for water, conserve it carefully

KATHY LUTHER: Give thanks for water, conserve it carefully

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…

November 22, 2012 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Valpo turning green at conference today, tomorrow

KATHY LUTHER: Valpo turning green at conference today, tomorrow

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…

September 27, 2012 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Here's your chance to support clean water

KATHY LUTHER: Here's your chance to support clean water

Public opinion polls show Americans want clean water. Our own surveys of Northwest Indiana residents found that 91 percent value clean water.

August 23, 2012 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Become well grounded for groundwater protection

KATHY LUTHER: Become well grounded for groundwater protection

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.

May 24, 2012 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: When geese are well fed, you'd better duck

KATHY LUTHER: When geese are well fed, you'd better duck

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…

April 19, 2012 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Harvest rain water for use on lawn, in garden

KATHY LUTHER: Harvest rain water for use on lawn, in garden

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.

March 15, 2012 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Use chemicals with care to reduce harmful effects

KATHY LUTHER: Use chemicals with care to reduce harmful effects

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 …

February 16, 2012 12:00 am
KATHY LUTHER: Snow provides proof of urban runoff pollution

KATHY LUTHER: Snow provides proof of urban runoff pollution

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?

January 19, 2012 12:00 am
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