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Bellevue, NE has been recently been designated as an official “Bee City USA,” which means it has a plan and is committed to creating and enhancing pollinator habitats on public and private land.  Bees are a big deal in terms of the overall ecosystem and they’ve been threatened lately.  Notably, with this designation Bellevue becomes the first city in Nebraska to achieve the Bee City USA designation for its work.  To give some context, there are about 133 Bee City USAs across the country.

Tyler Moore is a biology professor at Bellevue University and he joined Mike Hogan for a two-part “Live & Local” chat about bees, their short and long term impacts on the environment, and how small steps made by each of us can help these important pollinators thrive in our communities.

For more information, go to the website https://beecityusa.org/.


A large front window with a small sign in a bottom corner that reads "Generator Space."
@VIRAL_RE_COLLECTION on Instagram

An exhibition at Omaha’s Generator Space looks at the intersection of clothing, the internet and the environment. Amplify Arts’ latest show "@VIRAL_RE_COLLECTION" features works by three artists: Jenna Boyles, Erin Smego and Omaha-born fashion designer Kate Walz. Omaha Public Radio’s Courtney Bierman spoke to the exhibition’s curators, Abby Fogle and Esaú Betancourt.

Weekend Obscured By Saharan Dust Cloud

Jun 30, 2020

A dust cloud from the Saharan Desert is leaving the Omaha area today.  The Environmental Protection Agency ranked dust in Nebraska and western Iowa high enough to advise those sensitive to air pollution to stay indoors Sunday.  The Air Quality Index shows the cloud particle matter reached 140, just ten points under what's considered unhealthy for people with lung and heart conditions.

https://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water-Quality/Water-Monitoring/Monitoring-Programs

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the federal government will give Iowa a $1.5 million grant to install wetlands in targeted locations to improve water quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency grant will help install up to six wetlands in the Middle Cedar River watershed. The project is designed to reduce the nitrogen content in the river.

Eight major employers and landowners in Omaha’s downtown and midtown provided Verdis Group with access to their employees or tenants in order to conduct a mobility survey.  The purpose of the survey was to better understand how individuals who spend a majority of their time in downtown and midtown Omaha get to and from work.  The survey also asked them about how they want to commute, along with their perspectives on several other mobility and transportation issues.

Managing Partner at Verdis Group, Craig Moody, stops into the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the results of the survey and the implications of corporate encouragement to implement the changes.  

For more information about the Downtown & Midtown Mobility Study go to the website http://verdisgroup.com/case_studies/downtown-midtown-mobility-survey/

(Undated, IA)  --  Most of the country is expected to have a hotter than normal summer but not the Midwest.  Meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says the states that will have a cooler summer will be Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  The NWS also forecasts above normal rainfall this summer for the same states.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Power District ratepayers could see up to $200 million in savings if the utility's board adopts a new, more aggressive approach to decommissioning a nuclear station.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new website makes it easier for birders to learn about Nebraska's birds.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight a fast-spreading tree species that crowds out other plants, destroys valuable ranchland and threatens the Great Plains from Texas to the Dakotas.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found further west into Nebraska.

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Officials have closed a state recreational area along the Missouri River in southeastern Nebraska because of flooding.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha-based company has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine levied by federal regulators citing spill protection violations at production facilities in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.

18,400 Nebraska residents now work in clean energy industries in 92 out of 93 counties in the state.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The water levels will be lowered at two Nebraska state parks as part of projects to improve the areas.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal for a giant chicken farm has been advanced by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State parks officials have confirmed an infestation of invasive zebra mussels at Glenn Cunningham Lake in north Omaha and have announced the lake's closure.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The State Department is seeking public input on its draft study of the Keystone XL pipeline's environmental impact in Nebraska.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The corn and soybean crops in Iowa and Nebraska are significantly ahead of schedule and looking very good for a plentiful harvest this fall.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new geothermal well field should supply the Nebraska Capitol with cool air and heat in one year.

Metro Community College at Do Space offers the next installment in its Hubbard Sustainability Series this Thursday at 4:30. 

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found in Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in eastern Nebraska.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Residents in major cities downstream from a northwest Iowa tanker car derailment say they're confident their municipal drinking water is safe even as crews try to contain an estimated 230,000 gallons of oil.

FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha public electric utility and its private partner are building a community solar power array in eastern Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Solar energy is gaining traction in Nebraska as a growing number of cities adopt the technology, and state officials are looking for ways to help it along.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is showering Nebraska public officials with campaign cash as it fights for regulatory approval in a state that is one of the last lines of resistance for the $8 billion project.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln electric utility provider has installed a solar-powered bench in a park for people to charge cellphones, laptops, tablets or even electric wheelchairs.

The 50th annual Munroe-Meyer Garden Walk takes place Sunday, June 10th from 9-4.

Jeanine Lackey is the Director of Land Stewardship at Fontenelle Forest.  Her job is to care for the many acres of forest through the control of invasive species, oversee prescribed fires, and many other duties.  Today, she stops by the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the importance of planting native species in your own garden and the threats of invasive plant species.

Wildflower Week is set for early June

May 22, 2018

Nebraska Wildflower Events take place next month.

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