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College publications are given 2-part "pub numbers" that are used to identify them. The first part (the prefix) is a set of letters that indicates which series the document belongs to. A series is a grouping of documents that share similar content. The second part of the pub number is just a sequential number.

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Home and Environment


HENV-402

Water Quality and Nutrient Management at Home

7/2/2019 (new)
Authors: Rick Durham, Brad Lee, Gregg Munshaw, Suzette Walling

Fertilizers and other lawn amendments benefit the residential landscape by providing or supplementing the essential nutrients for plant growth and maintenance. Commercial fertilizers are commonly formulated based on three major nutrients, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and each plays an important role in plant development. However, improper application of fertilizers and amendments may increase the risk of non-point source pollution of surface and ground waters.

Departments: Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 381 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-204

What is a Watershed?

2/11/2019 (minor revision)
Authors: Ashley Osborne

A watershed is an area of land that drains water to a single water body. Watersheds are as small as a few acres draining into a stream or as large as several states draining into the ocean. Smaller watersheds join together to make larger watersheds. Kentucky is divided into seven major watersheds, or basins. Knowing what watershed you live in is a first step toward protecting water quality.

Departments: Ag Programs
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 4.31 mb
Pages: 8



HENV-203

Stormwater

2/11/2019 (minor revision)
Authors: Carmen Agouridis, Ashley Osborne

As stormwater moves across lawns and paved areas, it picks up bacteria, nutrients, sediments, heavy metals, and chemicals before traveling through the storm sewers to our water bodies. Because the stormwater is not cleaned or treated, it creates harmful conditions for the environment and for us.

Departments: Ag Programs, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 3.68 mb
Pages: 8



HENV-202

Planting Along Your Stream, Pond, or Lake

2/11/2019 (minor revision)
Authors: Carmen Agouridis, Ashley Osborne

Kentucky has more than 90,000 miles of rivers and streams and thousands of ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands. You can improve your surroundings and the quality of your stream, pond, or lake by planting an area called a riparian buffer or buffer zone.

Departments: Ag Programs, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 3.99 mb
Pages: 8



HENV-105

Planning a Zero-Waste Event

2/4/2015 (new)
Authors: Ashley Osborne

The goal of a zero-waste event (e.g., meeting, business event, birthday party, field day, wedding, etc.) is to minimize the amount of waste produced. The key to hosting a zero-waste event is good advanced planning. This publication will guide you as you plan and carry out your event.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 3.35 mb
Pages: 8



HENV-205

Residential Rain Garden: Design, Construction, Maintenance

5/1/2014 (new)
Authors: Rick Durham, Brad Lee, Brad Lee, Ashley Osborne

This publication covers the design, construction, and maintenance of residential ran gardens. Rain gardens are one of several stormwater management practices that homeowners can use to reduce their property's negative impact on water quality and flooding.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Forestry and Natural Resources, Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 6.00 mb
Pages: 15



HENV-206

Understanding and Protecting Kentucky's Watersheds

11/8/2013 (new)
Authors: Jenny Cocanougher, Amanda A. Gumbert, Ashley Osborne

Regardless of where you are, you are always in a watershed. A watershed is any area of land that drains water to a single water body such as a stream or lake.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, County Extension
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 2.51 mb
Pages: 3



HENV-401

Managing Insects and Spiders in the Home

8/29/2013 (new)
Authors: Blake Newton

This guide is designed to help you tell the "bad" bugs from the harmless ones and to show you a few basic steps that you can take to detect the most common indoor pests and to prevent problems before they happen.

Departments: Entomology
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 7.89 mb
Pages: 11



HENV-509

How Water Use Impacts Septic System Performance

7/25/2013 (new)
Authors: Brad Lee

The purpose of this publication is to discuss home water use patterns and suggest water conservation measures that could improve septic system performance and reduce the risks of hydraulic overload or other kinds of system failure.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.00 mb
Pages: 4



HENV-508

Landscaping Septic Systems with Native Plants

2/15/2013 (new)
Authors: Rick Durham, Brad Lee

Septic system components sometimes have unsightly aboveground pipes, risers, ventilation systems, or large mounds. Homeowners can improve the appearance of these functional features through site design and, in particular, plant material selection.

Departments: Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.38 mb
Pages: 6



HENV-601

Saving Water at Home

10/17/2012 (new)
Authors: Ashley Osborne, Joe Taraba

By conserving water, we decrease our demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water. Simply put, by conserving water we save energy.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.90 mb
Pages: 7



HENV-507

Flood Conditions and Your Septic System

9/19/2012 (new)
Authors: Brad Lee

The most common septic systems used in the United States employ soil treatment area to treat and disperse wastewater into the environment. The soil treatment area consists of a network of perforated pipes within gravel-filled trenches. Under normal environmental conditions, well designed and managed septic systems work very well at dispersing wastewater and removing pathogens from the wastewater before they reach groundwater or surface waters.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.00 mb
Pages: 3



HENV-505

Impacts of Additives on Septic System Performance

9/19/2012 (new)
Authors: Mark Coyne, Brad Lee

Septic system additive vendors often market their products as necessities that improve septic system performance or repair failing systems. Rather than address specific products, this publication examines general categories of these additives. This publication also describes the treatment functions of septic systems and the available scientific data regarding the effectiveness of septic system additives.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 697 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-504

Importance of Wastewater Biological Oxygen Demand in Septic Systems

9/19/2012 (new)
Authors: Mark Coyne, Brad Lee

A high BOD value means potential septic system problems for homeowners; a low BOD means fewer problems for homeowners. This publication describes the environmental impacts of BOD, shows how BOD is distributed in septic systems, and describes remediation strategies for excess BOD.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.22 mb
Pages: 4



HENV-503

Septic Tanks: The Primary Treatment Device of Septic Systems

9/19/2012 (new)
Authors: Brad Lee

Septic tanks play an essential role in effectively treating wastewater in areas without municipal sewage treatment. Homeowners often assume that the septic tank in their backyard is their septic system. Actually, the tank is merely the first of a series of components that make up a well-designed septic system.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.72 mb
Pages: 4



HENV-502

Septic System Failure and Environmental Impacts

9/19/2012 (new)
Authors: Brad Lee

More than one-third of new homes and over half of the mobile homes in the U.S. depend on septic systems. Here in Kentucky, approximately 40 percent of the homes have septic systems. This is common in the southeast, where there are more septic systems per capita than any other region of the country.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 630 kb
Pages: 3



HENV-501

Septic System Maintenance: Care and Feeding of Your System

9/19/2012 (new)
Authors: Brad Lee

This publication provides homeowners with a basic introduction to septic systems by explaining how septic systems function and suggesting ways to better maintain systems and increase their longevity.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.60 mb
Pages: 4



HENV-506

Turfgrass Color: Indicator of Septic System Performance

9/13/2012 (new)
Authors: Brad Lee, Gregg Munshaw

Many homeowners notice color differences in the turfgrass over their septic system soil treatment area. Most often, homeowners observe green or brown stripes in their turfgrass relative to the surrounding lawn. This discoloration is worth keeping an eye on because turfgrass color is often an early sign that serious problems are about to occur.

Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.14 mb
Pages: 3



HENV-706

Going Green: Living an Environmentally Responsible Life

7/5/2011 (new)
Authors: Amanda A. Gumbert, Ashley Osborne

Adopting a green lifestyle means making deliberate choices to lighten our impact on the natural world.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.39 mb
Pages: 7



HENV-705

Natural Lighting

2/24/2011 (new)
Authors: Ashley Osborne

Follow these home decorating and landscaping tips to reduce your energy consumption and utility costs.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 2.25 mb
Pages: 4



HENV-704

Tips for Conserving Water at Home

2/24/2011 (new)
Authors: Ashley Osborne

By conserving water, we decrease our demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water. Simply put, by conserving water we save energy.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.53 mb
Pages: 5



HENV-104

Household Waste Management 4: Hazardous Waste

9/8/2010 (new)
Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee, Ashley Osborne

Everyday products found around your house contain hazardous chemicals--everything from nail polish remover to household electronics to oil for your car.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 514 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-103

Household Waste Management 3: Recycle

9/8/2010 (new)
Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee, Ashley Osborne

Americans create about 5 pounds of waste per day, half of which is recycled in some manner, leaving roughly 2.5 pounds of waste per day going to landfills.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 936 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-102

Household Waste Management 2: Reuse

9/8/2010 (new)
Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee, Ashley Osborne

Reuse is essentially any action that extends the life of a product and keeps it out of the waste system. The process of reusing an item can start even before you purchase it.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 484 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-101

Household Waste Management 1: Reduce

9/8/2010 (new)
Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee, Ashley Osborne

Reducing, at the top of the waste management hierarchy, has the greatest impact on the environment and starts with you reducing the number of products you purchase and use.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 801 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-703

Saving Energy and Money: Appliances

8/30/2010 (new)
Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Ashley Osborne

Appliances are designed to save time and money, but if an appliance is not in itself energy efficient or is operated improperly it could be wasting money. Ensuring that you have an ENERGY STAR--approved appliance is one solution; another is the proper operation, location, and maintenance of appliances.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 889 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-702

Saving Energy and Money at Home and on the Road

8/30/2010 (new)
Authors: Ashley Osborne

This publication features 15 suggestions to help you save money, reduce your energy consumption, and preserve our natural resources.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.59 mb
Pages: 4



HENV-701

Saving Energy and Money: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

7/28/2010 (new)
Authors: Ashley Osborne

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a CFL lasts up to ten times longer, uses approximately one-fourth the energy, and produces 25 percent less heat while producing more light per watt than a traditional incandescent bulb.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 880 kb
Pages: 4



HENV-201

Building a Rain Barrel

7/28/2010 (new)
Authors: Carmen Agouridis, Tyler Henningsen, Otto Hoffman, Ashley Osborne, Russ Turpin

Rain barrels offer a number of benefits such as helping to reduce stormwater runoff, decreasing municipal water usage, and potentially protecting your home's foundation. Impervious surfaces such as rooftops, parking lots, and roads prevent rainwater or stormwater from soaking into the soil.

Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Plant and Soil Sciences
Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Size: 1.48 mb
Pages: 8