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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 23, 2014 — Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.
Jul 23, 2014 — Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.
Jul 22, 2014 — South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.


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Convening Great Lakes Cleanup Summit

State and federal officials will meet this week to take the next step on organizing clean up projects in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article
Concerned forest residents gather at Michael and Lis<br />Barsuglia-Madsen's house.

Military Training in State Forest Upsets Residents

The public will get a chance to weigh in this week on a controversial proposal to train Fort Drum soldiers in a Lewis County state forest. The Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a meeting Wednesday night at 7 at the Harrisville Central School regarding the Jadwin State Forest. Fort Drum is undergoing a massive expansion. Military planners are seeking more places to practice complex operations and maneuvers. But as David Sommerstein reports, many locals who live near the forest say it should be left alone.  Go to full article

Roadblocks for Water Diversion Agreement?

Ontario provincial leaders say they're not willing to sign a draft agreement aimed at protecting the Great Lakes from diversion in its current form. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports, observers say Ontario's objections won't sidetrack negotiations on the agreement known as the Great Lakes Charter Annex.  Go to full article

Out of Gas

Martha Foley talks with Dr. David Goodstein. Goodstein is vice provost and professor of physics and technology at Caltech. He predicts we'll run out of oil very soon --...  Go to full article

Wood Power Electric Generator Planned for Tupper

With oil prices hovering at record levels, more north country families are using wood stoves as a primary heating source. New York state is now exploring the possibility of...  Go to full article

Wind Power Company Looks to Adirondacks

Wind power is attracting more and more attention in the north country. A 70-turbine project has been proposed for the town of Burke in Franklin county. Construction of a...  Go to full article

New Electric Line for Tupper Lake Will Bring Safety, Economic Development

Governor Pataki traveled to Tupper Lake yesterday to unveil plans for a new $29-million power line. The line -- which will stretch from St. Lawrence County -- is expected to...  Go to full article
With its ability to breathe out of water and wriggle its way over land during dry spells, the media has dubbed the northern snakehead "Frankenfish."  (Photo courtesy of USGS)

Invasive Fish Rears Ugly Head in Great Lakes

Last month, a Chicago fisherman caused a stir when he found a northern snakehead fish. The discovery set off a frantic search to find out if yet another invasive species is...  Go to full article

North Country Dam Agency Draws Audit Rebuke

The state comptroller is slamming the Hudson River Black River Regulating District for mismanagement and possible corruption. The District manages dams and waterways stretch...  Go to full article
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County Governments Oppose Mohawk Land Deal

Legislators in Frankln County voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a land claims settlement between the state and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. County officials say a ten...  Go to full article

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