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“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...

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Jul 29, 2014 — Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.
Jul 29, 2014 — Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.
Jul 29, 2014 — The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?

Chester Town Plan Expands Adirondack Development Options, Worries
Environmental Groups

Earlier this month, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a land-use plan for the town of Chester, in Warren County. APA officials describe the document as a model for local governments operating inside the Park. But pro-environment groups worry that the plan will allow new types of development in forested areas. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Now that the river otter's population is recovering, some worry that they are plundering fish farms. The proposed solution to this problem is stirring up some debate.

River Otters on the Rebound

There have been many wildlife success stories in the region. For instance, the numbers of white-tailed deer and Canada Geese have rebounded so strongly that many consider them pests. Now, another animal is being added to that list. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bill Cohen reports on the rebound of the river otter.  Go to full article

Winter Air Quality An Issue

Earlier this month, Environment Canada issued smog warnings for the Montreal area for six straight days. Higher elevations gave a clear view of the brown smog layer on the horizon. Quebec's environment minister Thomas Mulcair blamed wood smoke. He said in Quebec, residential wood burning accounts for more fine particle pollution than industry or transportation. And he said he'll introduce legislation this year to crack down on inefficient, polluting stoves and fireplaces. Air quality is recognized as a winter-time problem on the U.S. side of the border, too. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports, we might be hearing more about this type of pollution in our daily weather reports.  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Remains Controversial

This month, St. Lawrence Seaway officials will announce the opening date for the shipping season. The decision is always a controversial one. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

Increased Funding for Great Lakes Legacy Act?

President Bush is recommending more money for a program designed to clean up contaminated sediment around the Great Lakes. But the program has a track record of not being...  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley Called For Further Review

Special Report: APA Staff Divided On Big Tupper Great Camps

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing a proposed resort development in Tupper Lake that would mean construction of more than 800 vacation homes and condos. A cornerstone...  Go to full article

Environment Impacts of "Exurban Development" Like Big Tupper Poorly Understood

The Big Tupper resort development is widely seen as the first big crest of a development wave that's hitting privately owned forestland across the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann...  Go to full article
Photo by David Doubilet for <i>National Geographic</i>

Capturing the Underwater World on Film

David Doubilet documents the underwater world around the globe for National Geographic. He's a contributing photographer in residence with the magazine. His latest...  Go to full article

Jay Bridge Fight Continues With Federal Suit

A couple in the town of Jay is suing the state of New York in Federal court, hoping to block construction of a new bridge over the east branch of the Ausable River....  Go to full article
Crows are roosting in huge groups in cities all over the country. The USDA is trying to find ways to get them to go back to their natural habitat. (Photo by Paige Foster)

Cities Take Aim at Roosting Crows

Flocks of crows are nothing new in most cities. In the fall and winter months, crows forage for food during the day and roost in city trees at night. The birds like cities...  Go to full article

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