More Than $975,000 Awarded to Improve Water Quality in Indiana

first_img SHARE Previous articleUSDA Providing More Than $70 Million to Protect Agriculture from Pests, DiseasesNext articleSullivan County Couple to Represent Indiana Farm Bureau on National Committee Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board awarded $975,651 in matching grant funds to 15 soil and water conservation districts and organizations through the Clean Water Indiana program.“Soil is one of our most valuable resources,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “I commend our State Soil Conservation Board for continuing this award, even through this difficult year. I want to congratulate our conservation districts and soil health organizations for their awards, and I am looking forward to seeing the work they continue to do to conserve our natural resources.”The Clean Water Indiana program is administered by the state’s conservation board. The program provides financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups that are working to reduce runoff from non-point sources of water pollution, whether it’s on agricultural land, urban areas or eroding streambanks.Once received, districts can use the funds to partner with other counties or address specific needs within their jurisdiction. Some examples include participating in a cost share program, hiring staff, providing technical assistance, implementing cover crop incentive programs or increasing watershed capacity.“Indiana is committed to soil conservation and improving water quality across the state, this funding will allow these conservation districts to do just that,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “I am looking forward to seeing each districts’ plans come to fruition and am confident the future of soil conservation in Indiana is long-lasting.”Brad Dawson is the chairman of the state soil conservation board and has led the board since 2020.“All of Indiana’s 92 soil conservation districts work hard each year to better their communities,” Dawson said. “I am certain this funding will got a long way in ensuring Indiana remains a leader in soil conservation.”Clean Water Indiana is managed by ISDA’s Division of Soil Conservation and funded by a portion of the state’s cigarette tax.Below is the list of awardeesOrganization Amount Dubois County SWCD $99,000Fayette County SWCD $60,000Jay County SWCD $130,000Jefferson County SWCD $41,595Johnson County SWCD $2,656Lawrence County SWCD $60,000Marion County SWCD  $27,500Owen County SWCD $64,800Pike County SWCD $42,000Spencer County SWCD $80,100St. Joseph County SWCD $65,000Sullivan County SWCD  $72,000Wabash County SWCD $75,000Indiana Association of SWCD’s $90,000Southern IN Cooperative Invasive Species Management $66,000 Facebook Twitter More Than $975,000 Awarded to Improve Water Quality in Indiana Home Indiana Agriculture News More Than $975,000 Awarded to Improve Water Quality in Indiana By Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture – Jan 6, 2021 SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

DNA on cigarette butt leads to man’s arrest for the 1994 murder of 26-year-old mom Audrey Hoellein: Police

first_imgVancouver Police(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Through the new investigative technique of genetic genealogy — and DNA left behind on a discarded cigarette butt — police have arrested a suspect in the 1994 murder of a 26-year-old mom.Audrey Hoellein was raped and murdered in July 1994, according to police in Vancouver, Washington, just outside of Portland. Hoellein was separated from her husband and her son was about 5 years old at the time, according to police.DNA was left behind at the crime scene, police said, and several suspects were considered over the years, but they were eventually eliminated because their DNA did not match.Hoellein’s father “thought he was going to go to his grave without any resolution as to what happened to his daughter,” Vancouver police officer Dustin Goudschaal said at a news conference on Tuesday.But in 2018, police reached out to DNA lab Parabon to help create a composite image of the unknown suspect from the DNA left behind at the crimes scene. Analysts were able to predict traits of the killer, including his hair color and eye color, said police.Then, Parabon worked with the police department to use a new technique known as genetic genealogy to identify suspect Richard Knapp.Through the new investigative technique of genetic genealogy, officials can take the DNA left behind at a crime scene and identify a suspect by tracing the family tree through his or her family members, who voluntarily submitted their DNA to public genealogy databases.This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using DNA submissions to law enforcement database CODIS, CeCe Moore, chief genetic genealogist with Parabon, told ABC News.The first public arrest through genetic genealogy was the April 2018 identification of the suspected “Golden State Killer.” Since then, genetic genealogy has helped identify more than 40 suspects in violent crimes, Moore said.After genetic genealogy was used to pinpoint Knapp as a suspect, investigators staked him out and obtained DNA from a cigarette butt he left behind, police officials said. That recovered a DNA sample and was sent to the Washington State lab to compare to the original DNA from the crime scene — and it was a match, said police.Knapp, 57, was arrested on Sunday during a traffic stop near his home, Goudschaal said.Knapp, of Farview, Oregon, had been working in the area of the Portland airport, Goudschaal said.Knapp was from the area, but it does not appear he was known to the victim, police said.He has a criminal history, but police did not elaborate or explain why Knapp’s DNA was not in CODIS, police said.The Hoellein family said in a statement released by the police department: “This crime not only took away a sister from her two brothers, it left a mother and father without a daughter, and a young child without a mother. Since then the family has grown with nephews that will never meet their aunt, and a grandchild that can only see grandma in pictures, only knowing her from shared memories.”The family added that it hopes genetic genealogy “can be used to bring closure to more families across the nation.”Knapp made a first appearance in court on Wednesday. He did not enter a plea.His attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more