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Did climate change kill this Hoosier butterfly?

PORTER – A 1-inch butterfly in a strip of oak forest along Indiana's Lake Michigan shore might be a global-warming harbinger of sorts. The federally endangered Karner blue butterfly has been struggling to survive in its southern-most habitat, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Now, researchers who study the butterfly believe...

Research showing cover crops work

The University of Notre Dame is conducting research looking at using cover crops to prevent nutrient loss. Jennifer Tank, Professor of Biology at Notre Dame says the research project being conducted in a 3,000 acre watershed in Kosciusko County Indiana is showing significant reductions. “30 percent decline in nitrate, 50...

Waukesha: A spa town that took its water for granted

Listen to the podcast on Marketplace My hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is surrounded by water. There are creeks and rivers. The fourth biggest lake in the world, Lake Michigan, lies 17 miles to the east. Every year the city gets an average 34 inches of rain and 40 inches of snow. Yet Waukesha has a big water...

Waukesha: A spa town that took its water for granted

Listen to the podcast on Marketplace My hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is surrounded by water. There are creeks and rivers. The fourth biggest lake in the world, Lake Michigan, lies 17 miles to the east. Every year the city gets an average 34 inches of rain and 40 inches of snow. Yet Waukesha has a big water...

Area conservation projects get federal funds

A project designed to reduce agricultural runoff and improve farming practices in the St. Joseph River Valley has received $6.8 million in federal funding through the 2014 Farm Bill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant money will be available for farmers to apply for in 14 counties in northern Indiana...