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Environment

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen Local conservationists will cheer if Kansas moves forward with a ban on selling popular but invasive ornamental pear trees in the state. The Kansas Department of Agriculture wants to curb the spread of Callery pear trees — a...
Homes and businesses up and down Interstate 35, the Gardner-Edgerton area and western Olathe suffered more from the heat and humidity last summer than other parts of Johnson County, according to the results of a heat mapping study done...
Happy Thursday, Shawnee Mission! 🌤 Today's forecast: Mostly sunny with a slight chance for ran this afternoon. High: 92. Low: 74. 🚨 One thing to know today Patrons to Shawnee Mission Park, Johnson County's biggest public park in Shawnee, may encounter new...
Leawood will host the city's fourth annual "Electronic Recycling Day" this Saturday in the north parking lot of the Town Center Plaza shopping complex. Attendees can recycle any unwanted or outdated electronics and do so largely free of charge. Here are...
Yes, it’s hot in Johnson County. With predicted highs this week expected to be near or over 100, everyone is talking about it. But if you live in Johnson or Wyandotte County and you’re tired of just talking, scientists are...
Oil and gas wells that are in some cases over a century old, abandoned and emitting methane, are targeted for being plugged up as part of a comprehensive federal investment in infrastructure that may eventually include 378 wells in...
By Josh Merchant Kansas City sits at the intersection of many rivers — the Missouri River separating downtown from the Northland, the Kansas River in Wyandotte and Johnson counties, and Turkey Creek, the Blue River, Mill Creek and Brush Creek...
A Mission man is being given the chance to make his corner of car-centric Johnson County more pedestrian-friendly. Josh Thede was recently named one of 18 Kansans receiving a fellowship from the 2023 Kansas State Walking College aimed at making local...
Happy Thursday, Shawnee Mission. 🌦Today's forecast: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain. High: 84. Low: 59. 🚨 One thing to know today Overland Park is expanding its use of "floating wetlands" at South Lake. The first such wetland, which is 50...
At a “smart recycling” workshop earlier this month in Mission, Terri Baugh, a member of the city's sustainability commission, was blunt. “Recycling is in trouble,” she said. “(We’re) frustrated because the (guidelines) keep changing.” She was referencing some recent significant changes...
Kansas is known primarily as a land of rolling plains and waving fields of wheat. But it also has trees, and some big ones at that. For decades, the Kansas Forest Service has maintained a list of "Champion" trees, the...
State environmental officials are warning people away from a tributary to Mill Creek in Johnson County because of a spill that occurred Friday. People and pets should stay out of the tributary, which is in Lenexa east of Mill Creek,...