Harvest Public Media
7:59 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Scientists Detect High Levels Of Nitrogen In Midwest Waterways

Joe Schatz, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, prepares to take a sample of Missouri River water near Hermann, Mo.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

This spring and summer, U.S. Geological Survey scientists waded into 100 Midwest streams 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.

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5:34 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

One Grant To Fund Two-City Blight Battle In Metro KC

The two Kansas Cities have won a $600,000 federal grant from the Environmental  Protection Agency to restore a score or more environmentally blighted areas. 

The project to be called One-KC Brownfields Coalition will include hazard cleanup, urban farms, orchards and gardens.

The properties are in a swath across state line. They lie in the central city of Kansas City Kansas and roughly bordered by  the Missouri River and 31st in Kansas City, Mo. 

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8:22 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Ash Grove To Pay Millions In Pollution Penalties, Fixes

Ash Grove Cement Company has agreed to pay a penalty, and invest $30 million in new pollution control technology at its nine manufacturing plants-one of which is in Chanute, Kan. The settlement stems from charges that Ash Grove violated the Clean Air Act.

The consent decree allows the Overland Park-based company to pay a $2.5 million penalty, and install new pollution controls at plants in nine states, without having to admit to violating air quality requirements.

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5:58 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Road Builders Accused of Polluting

Kansas City, KS – The Environmental Protection Agency accuses MoDOT of failing to protect streams along two highway construction jobs. Inspectors allegedly found sediment was allowed to seep into a half dozen creeks and unnamed tributaries in Camden and Wayne Counties in central Missouri.

The waterways flow into Lake of the Ozarks.

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KC Currents
1:18 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Reports Of Sewage Spills On The Rise

Last week, more than 160,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled out of a broken pipe in Grandview, and into Longview Lake. Courtesy of jacksongov.org.

Kansas City, MO – This spring and summer, an alarming number of sewage spills are threatening local waterways. Millions of gallons of human waste have poured into rivers and lakes. And it's unclear if this is business as usual, and the public just didn't know about it before.

What's changed is that the city and the state are now reporting these spills more consistently. To understand the situation better, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross caught up with journalist Karen Dillon, who covers the environmental beat for The Kansas City Star.

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