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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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Breaking Down Groundwater Pollution

Scientists in the Great Lakes region are seeing good results from a new method that fights groundwater pollution. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner has more.  Go to full article

Drivers Filling Up With Cleaner Fuel

A quiet revolution of cleaner air began this year for cars and trucks. Motorists might not know it, but they've been burning low-sulfur fuel as part of a requirement under the federal Clean Air Act. The requirement was put in place during the Clinton Administration. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson reports.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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

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