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Community Concerned With I-69 Sediment Erosion

A contractor helping supervise I-69 construction insisted May 9 contractors are doing all they can to prevent pollution from the project. In a presentation to the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee, Jeremy Kieffner outlined the various strategies contractors use to prevent erosion. Over the past year waterways near Section 4 of the new interstate have been contaminated with sediments washing away from construction areas.

Kieffner works for the Evansville-based firm, Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates. He told the group road projects always present erosion issues.

Kieffner did not directly address the erosion issues caused by Interstate 69 and he didn’t take questions from the Committee. After the presentation several committee members said they had doubts the state is following proper procedures with the construction. Committee member Andy Ruff has been a long-time opponent of I-69.

“I worked in battling sediment erosion with construction sites and it’s not an easy law to enforce or follow,” Ruff says.

Ruff said the sediment is probably damaging ecosystems in the waterways near Indian Creek, where some of the most contamination has occurred. Committee member Cheryl Munson, who lives in the Indian Creek area, said problems continue there. Munson said she’s hopeful erosion won’t cause as many problems in Section 5 of the interstate, which runs through Bloomington.

Crews have already begun clearing properties in Section 5 in preparation for construction of the interstate.

Daily Local News – April 16, 2014

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Indiana University announced last week that it is increasing the minimum wage it pays its employees from 7.25 an hour to 8.25 an hour, effective with the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st; The Monroe County Stormwater Management Board split April 10th over how to fund a local conservation group; Local officials questioned a representative from the Indiana Department of Transportation on April 11th about a continuing erosion problem with I-69; Time is running out to find poll workers for the primary election on May 6th.

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CREDITS
Anchors: Lindsey Wright,
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Kelly Wherley
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Lauren Glapa produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 13, 2013

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As the weather gets colder, low-income households in Brown, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen counties now have the option to apply for help with winter fuel costs; Members of the Ellettsville Town Council suggested yesterday that they might vote to allow chickens within town limits; The Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization is the most recent local body to officially complain about widespread erosion problems caused by Interstate 69 construction.

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Last Week the Indiana Higher Education Commission published a report showing data from all of  Indiana’s  public colleges, and their “return on investment” to students. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers about the content of the report, and how it could be useful for Hoosier students, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Anson Shupe,
Alycin Bektesh produced our feature.
Our engineer was Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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