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The list of dangerous topics best avoided in polite company often includes religion, politics, money and sex. But what would be left to blog about if we honored that wisdom? So today I’ll hit up money. Specifically my new guilty pleasure,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“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...

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Aug 20, 2014 — The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
Aug 20, 2014 — Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.
Aug 18, 2014 — This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.


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View from Mt. Adams fire tower.
View from Mt. Adams fire tower.

New Vision for Adirondack Fire Towers

A pro-environment group has issued a new report on the future of 31 historical fire towers inside the Adirondack Park. The tower system was built nearly a hundred years ago after massive fires ravaged the mountains. Forest Rangers now use airplanes and field spotters to battle wildfires. But many of the towers have become a popular destination for hikers. History buffs have worked to preserve the structures. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks says 23 firetowers should be preserved and developed into a new system of "educational field stations". Brian Mann spoke with RCPA director Peter Bauer.  Go to full article

More Warming Warnings for Wildlife

A new report on global warming forecasts more uncertainty for North American wildlife. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

International Paper to Open More Land for Snowmobiling

The Associated Press reported on Friday that more than 100 miles of snowmobile trails will be opened on International Paper land over the next five years. The plan is part of a conservation deal unveiled earlier this year that will offer the public recreation access on more than a quarter-million acres of IP land. David Sommerstein talks with Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann about the deal.  Go to full article

New PVC Plant Worries Environmental Groups

A new PVC manufacturing plant is being built in the region, and that has alarmed some environmental groups. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak reports on...  Go to full article

Council Offers Cleaner Air for Christmas

The Adirondack Council has a last-minute gift idea for someone who wants to help reduce acid rain in the Adirondacks. You can buy a pollution credit and retire it in...  Go to full article

EPA Finalizing Sewage Blending Policy

The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a policy that will allow sewage treatment operators to send largely untreated sewage directly into rivers and lakes. It's...  Go to full article

Audubon Society Cheers Congress for Bird Law

The National Audubon Society is praising Congress for strengthening protections for American migratory birds. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

Environmental Groups Call for NY Funding Restoration

With Governor Pataki now at work on his budget for next year, a coalition of nearly 100 environmental groups is calling on him to restore funding for program that protect New...  Go to full article

A Lighter, Brighter Christmas?

The message from advertisers this holiday season seems to be: buy more because you and your family deserve it. Retailers are hopeful we'll all spend just a little bit more to...  Go to full article

Tribal Governments Demand Role in Annex 2001

Tribal and First Nation governments from the Great Lakes region say they're being left out of negotiations to craft a sweeping new framework for regulating Great Lakes...  Go to full article

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