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Green Lights Celebration for Sustainable Indiana 2016

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Parts of the local Indiana community have taken phrase think globally, act locally to a new level this October.

The local Indiana Green Movement has seen a lot of growth in the past few years, and to honor those who have contributed to this exciting development, the nonprofit Earth Charter Indiana along with Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne is hosting the Green Lights Celebration for Sustainable Indiana 2016. The event will take place October 28, 7 pm- 9 pm in the Auer Concert Hall on the Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne campus.

The celebration will showcase local ideas and innovations that have had positive impacts on sustainability in the northeast region of Indiana. Those who have had the most impact will be award Green Lights Awards to commend them for their contribution to sustainability in Indiana.

To add to the entertainment for the night, IPFW’s Music Department will be performing. Please join us on this delightful occasion to commemorate those who have done their part to make our world more sustainable.

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Downtown Stewardship Center concept gets some MORE press

Pathway running over vegetation and water towards a line of buildings highlighted by sunlight with a clear blue skyHow would you like to have this in Fort Wayne??

 

 

 

For an update on this thread, check out this nice piece by Lisa Ryan of WBOI, or local NPR channel.

Fort Wayne Riverfront Development Could Include Environmental Center

The ERC’s director Bruce Kingsbury is working with the City of Fort Wayne and others on the concept of a downtown facility focusing on environmental stewardship and sustainability. It is proposed as part of the Riverfront Fort Wayne Development and would help the community pursue the goals of enhancing the economy, providing additional recreational opportunities, and protecting and restoring the rivers and other habitats.

For previous coverage, read the recent article in the News Sentinel here.

Clean Water Rule Clarifies Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is intended to support the availability of safe water for all by making it illegal to dispose of pollution into streams. For historical reasons, the CWA is structured around “navigable waters” like rivers, but clearly anything that gets into a tributary or even the soils around streams can influence water quality. Where else would this pollution go?

Consequently, a source of concern and source of confusion has been what happens in non-naviigable headwaters, the small tributaries feeding into streams and rivers, and even ditches, themselves often recommissioned streams. The Clean Water Rule offers some specific guidance to what is included within the CWA. It stipulates that for a stream to be included, it needs to have moving water more than just during a rainfall event, and must show some sort of physical features indicating flowing water. This might be a streambed or bank or some other indication of high water. And then there is the issue of nearby waters, such as wetlands which are not obviously connected to a stream. The limit for those protections is 1500 feet. Ditches not replacing streams are not covered.

These types of clarification are beneficial because they will dramatically reduce the uncertainties of application that crop up when deciding whether the CWA applies. Environmentalists concerned about losses and water quality have gained clarity regarding protection of waterways that feed into navigable waters, and the agricultural industry knows more clearly what its limits are as well. It is important to note that there are a variety of exemptions for agricultural practices already within the Clean Water Act, and these are not altered.

Here are a couple of posts elsewhere on the topic:

1) from the EPA

2) from Healthy Lakes Healthy Lives