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Actions to mitigate sediment buildup could include dredging, streambank stabilization
Two-thirds of Kansans rely on water from the state’s federal reservoirs, for everything from drinking and bathing to irrigation and power, the Kansas Water Office estimates. And as decades worth of sediment flows into them, those reservoirs are shrinking — some drastically. By Sara Shepherd
As the chilly October air blew colorful leaves into the swampy waters of the Wakarusa Wetlands, a handful of environmental activists huddled Saturday afternoon at the Baker Wetlands entrance on 31st Street for “Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands.”
The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a permit to inject saltwater in three wells about one mile southeast of Baldwin City.
An infestation of zebra mussels, an invasive species of mollusk that has been known to clog up water intake pipes and outboard motors, has been confirmed in Clinton Lake, officials said.
Gov. Sam Brownback will lead state officials and outdoor enthusiasts in a float trip along a stretch of the Kansas River.
Karole Armitage's "contemporary ballet" comes to Lawrence Saturday evening, when Armitage’s company, Armitage Gone! Dance, performs “Fables on Global Warming” at the Lied Center.
Lawrence lost one of its oldest trees this week, not all at once but piece by piece. The buzzing sounds in the West Hills subdivision Wednesday weren't locusts but chainsaws taking down a roughly century-old cottonwood in front of the Kappa Sigma fraternity house on Emery Road. By Giles Bruce
Laura Calwell has been active with Friends of the Kaw for many years and now serves as the group's official "riverkeeper." The group monitors illegal dumping and advocates for more public access for recreation on the Kaw. By Peter Hancock
If you followed the sounds of drilling and pounding hammers near the north entrance to the Baker Wetlands on Monday, you’d quickly come upon the source of the noise. Jon Boyd, his father, Roger, and several others were dismantling one of the complex’s two boardwalks, which is being removed to make way for construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway. For Jon Boyd, refuge manager of the Baker Wetlands, the monthlong process of breaking down the 850-foot walkway, board by board, is almost bittersweet. That’s because Boyd planned and built most of the boardwalk to earn the rank of Eagle Scout at the unusually young age of 13.By Nikki Wentling
For the whooping crane, the tallest bird in North America and one of the rarest, the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is a welcome sight. But a proposal to expand opportunities to hunt other animals at the refuge is opposed by birdwatchers who say the whoopers will be at risk. By Scott Rothschild
• The wet spring season will mean more mosquitoes than last year • Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick was flown by air ambulance to KU Medical Hospital after a bicycle accident at Sixth and Kasold Drive around 6:45 ...
The cloudy, wet and cooler weather lingers today with temperatures struggling to reach 48 by the afternoon. Scattered showers are expected, with the best chance for rain in the morning and early afternoon and a breeze from the north around ...
Don't be surprised to see a few scattered showers through the mid-morning or even early afternoon. We'll be dealing with scattered showers for the early part of the day with clearing skies for the afternoon. Our high will top out ...
Plenty of sunshine is in store for the first half of the day with clouds building in for the afternoon. Expect a pleasant 85 degrees for the afternoon with a gusty south wind between 10-25 mph. Showers are possible for ...
Bob Akers, deputy director at The Surplus Exchange, discusses what happens to the hundreds of TVs, computers, and microwaves that were dropped off at the Electronics Recycling event at Free State High on Saturday. The City of Lawrence sponsored the annual event designed to encourage recycling of potentially hazardous products.
Jennifer and David Unekis, of Lawrence, with their daughter, Adeline, 9, volunteered with the Pinckney School Girl Scouts to help clean a local park. About 50 people participated in the 28th annual Clinton Lake Clean-up.
Woodsy the Owl talks — more like gestures — about keeping Clinton Lake clean at the 28th annual Clinton Lake Clean-up Saturday at Overlook Park. About 50 volunteers combed the park looking for recyclables and trash. For an inside feature on this video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJtmJXGhffg
Roger Boyd, Baker University, and a small crew burned the Baker Wetlands south of 31st Street in Lawrence Monday, April 18, 2011. The annual burn is done to control weeds and promote grass growth.
The next NASA satellite is set to launch in two weeks. The satellite will focus on the affects aerosols have on clouds and precipitation.
Based on data, climate change is real, NASA official Jack Kaye says. But part of the difficulty is discerning how much of the change is caused by nature and how much from humans.
Along with changes in the polar regions, NASA researcher Jack Kaye says there have been other noticeable differences in the earth.
NASA expert Jack Kaye says observations from space show a dramatic reduction in sea ice near the polar region, a sign of climate change.
Wetlands advocate Mike Caron talks about work being done to the trails on the Haskell Wetlands, which are north of 31st Street. The project, which is organized by Haskell students aims to connect the wetlands on the north side of 31st Street with the Baker Wetlands on the south side.
Solar panels were installed on the Douglas County Extension Service's building at the Douglas County fairgrounds Wed, Nov. 24, 2010. The panels will reduce the energy bill by about 15% and will provide an educational and promotional tool for the extension to promote energy conservation county-wide.