WFHB correspondent Dan Young speaks with conservationist Gary Moody about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington, for today’s community report, courtesy of eco report.
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Monroe County will be processing its own recyclables in a matter of months. The County Council approved a budget September 17th that includes money to build a materials recovery facility, or MRF (“murf”). Officials at the County Solid Waste Management District have debated for years whether to build the facility. Currently the District pays a private company, Republic Services, to haul away its recyclables. But District Board President Steve Volan said it’s not always clear what happens to those materials.
Volan told the Council there is money to be made on recycling. He said the District just needs to build a facility to bail and store the materials.
The District’s budget only includes money for what is known as a cleanstream MRF. The facility will only process recyclables that are presorted. Debate continues about whether to add on a more complex and expensive function called a waste stream MRF. That kind of facility would actually remove recyclable material from the garbage. County Council President Geoff McKim said many people seem to be confused about the two different functions.
The Council later voted to approve the District’s budget, which also includes a 5% raise for District employees. Those employees have not had a raise since 2011.
The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd. Council members asked about the financial status of the meter project. The questions came up as the Council considered next year’s city budget. Council member Marty Spechler wanted to know if the meters are making money for city government.
Kruzan did not directly answer the question. He said the financial picture is complex. And he said the administration provided written responses to similar questions prior to the meeting.
City documents state parking money is divided into at least five separate funds. At least three city departments do work related to parking. And the city has said from the start it expects to spend the first few years paying off the initial costs of meters.
Board member Steve Volan asked for the administration to present a clearer parking budget in the future .
Kruzan said he expects the parking meter program to change soon. He gave no specifics on those changes except to say the city government would probably be making less money.
Kruzan said his administration is consulting with downtown businesses and the Chamber of Commerce about changes to meter policy.
Last Wednesday, IU held a memorial service for Karlijn Keijzer who was killed on July 17th while on Malaysian Flight 17 which was shot down over a pro-Russian held territory of Ukraine. Karlijn was among 298 people who died on the flight. Russia has recently claimed that Ukraine bears the full responsibility of the attack, while others argue the Russian-supplied missile points to real culprit. Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about what’s next for Russia and Ukraine and if the US should feel any obligation to intervene.
The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd;Famous stand-up comedian and former talk show host Jay Leno will perform at the IU auditorium on Friday night, October 17, during IU’s Homecoming Weekend; Indiana University issued a statement yesterday expressing deep concern over the conviction and life sentence of Chinese scholar Ilham Tohti handed down this week; Monroe County will be processing its own recyclables in a matter of months.
WFHB correspondent Dan Young speaks with conservationist Gary Moody about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington, for today’s community report, courtesy of EcoReport.
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In today’s EcoReport feature, conservationist Gary Moody talks about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington
EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.
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Yesterday the Daily Local News inaccurately reported that Indiana University has recently decided to invest $34 million in the Central Heating Plant, including the addition of higher efficiency coal burning systems. This information was taken from an outdated press release. We strongly regret this error.
IU Professor Dr. Jonathan Raff Honored with Faculty Early Career Development Award By The National Science Foundation
Jonathan Raff, an associate professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s five-year Faculty Early Career Development Award. He has been awarded $649,000 which will be used to support research and teaching. Dr. Raff’s research involves the chemistry of air pollution and how it impacts climate. He is also interested in science education and will use part of the award to develop learning modules based on ozone monitors installed at Indiana high schools.
Dr. Raff joined the faculty of SPEA in 2010.
“Rise Above the Mark”, a documentary film focusing on Indiana’s struggles with public school reform will be shown tonight at 6:30 at Bloomington High School North. The film was produced by the West Lafayette Community School Corporation. The film looks at issues of school choice, standardized testing, the A-F grading system of schools and the role of politics and legislatures in education policy.
The film is narrated by Peter Coyote. Rocky Killion, the superintendent of West Lafayette Community School Corporation, will introduce the documentary. Judy DeMuth, superintendent of Monroe County Community School Corporation, Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education, and Erika Peek, a teacher from Summit Elementary School, will also be present for a discussion following the movie.
The showing is sponsored by the Indiana Coalition for Public Education and the IU School of Education Graduate Student Association.