Category Archives: Rivers

APPALACHIAN RAPE – MOUNTAIN-TOP DESTRUCTION

In a reversal of disastrous Bush Administration policies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning an aggressive review of permit requests which would allow mining companies to blow the tops off mountains in West Virgina and Kentucky.  Mountain top removal … Continue reading

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THE GREAT BLACK SWAMP – OUR RIVER HERITAGE

River front development in Fort Wayne, for the most part, is a phantom dream, and we should accept this fact.  Our City – and anyone who knows me understands that I love this City and where I live – sits … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Floods, Indiana, Rivers, St. Marys River | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

CHARIS HOUSE – CLASSIC NIMBY SYNDROME

Tuesday night’s City Council chambers became the scene of the classic Not in My Backyard (NIMBY) nonsense that tends to surround the location of many group homes and shelters.  While many genuflect and pay homage to helping others through shelters … Continue reading

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THIEME DRIVE – SAFE FOR NOW

Quite some time ago, I wrote about Thieme Drive and the St. Marys River, both of which are within a few dozen feet of my front door. In July 2003, we experienced what was labeled a “100-year” flood event with … Continue reading

Posted in Cities and Towns, Environment, Floods, Fort Wayne, History, Rivers, St. Marys River, Thieme Drive | 3 Comments

RANDOLPH COUNTY RISES TO THE CHALLENGE – IMPOSES CAFO MORATORIUM

Randolph County commissioners have made a decision to impose a moratorium on CAFOs. Recall that originally the county planning commission had voted to allow 75% of Randolph County agricultural land to be open to the construction of CAFOs. The ordinance … Continue reading

Posted in Cities and Towns, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Environment, Industrial farms, Rivers, Soil Pollution, Uncategorized, Water Pollution

WATCHING THE WATER RISE

We have had quite a bit of rain in the last week – either in the form of light snow, rain, or ice. Since I live right across from the St. Marys River, and I flooded in July 2003, June … Continue reading

Posted in Army Corps of Engineers, Environment, Floods, Fort Wayne, Rivers, St. Marys River, Weather, West Central Neighborhood

EPA TO HOLD HEARING ON U.S. STEEL “PERMIT TO POLLUTE”

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing today in Gary on its objections to a proposed state permit on the amount of pollution U.S. Steel can discharge into Lake Michigan. The EPA blocked the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Clean Water Act, Environment, Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Rivers, Water Pollution

NORTH CAROLINA CORPORATION INVADES INDIANA TO CONSTRUCT CAFOs

Randolph and Jay Counties have led the state’s expansion in adding swine last year to the area. Randolph County received permits to add 126,866 animals and Jay County received permits to add 47,800 animals. That trend is continuing based on … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture and Food Production, Business, Cities and Towns, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Environment, Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Industrial farms, Rivers | 2 Comments

RANDOLPH COUNTY COULD ZONE 220,000 ACRES FOR CAFOs

Even though dozens of residents oppose the proposed ordinance, Randolph County commissioners do not care. The County Commissioners are on the way to adopting an ordinance proposed by the Area Planning Commission that would create a new intensive agricultural district … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture and Food Production, Business, Cities and Towns, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Economics, Environment, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Industrial farms, Rivers

SAVE THE VALLEY V. EPA – FEDERAL COURT SLAMS IDEM FOR IGNORING THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND THE IMPACT OF CAFOs

Those who support CAFOs argue that Indiana and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) have been good stewards of CFO and CAFO management, yet the federal district court for the southern district of Indiana has found otherwise. The case … Continue reading

Posted in Cities and Towns, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Environment, Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Rivers