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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 22, 2014 — A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.
Jul 22, 2014 — A program that provides food and shelter to migratory birds has enlisted immigrant women in the effort. "When I see them here," says one woman, "it reminds me of my garden back home in Mexico."
Jul 20, 2014 — The state is experiencing the worst drought in decades, but water consumption in the southern coastal region is actually higher than in previous years. New rules and incentives aim to change that.


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

Proposed Water Diversion Plan Sparks Debate

Midwest states and Canadian provinces are conducting public forums this fall on a plan to control large-scale water withdrawals from the Great Lakes Basin. The plan is known as Annex 2001. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports, it's already proving to be controversial.  Go to full article

Critics: Area Conservation Lands ?Hammered? By Logging

State officials are investigating claims of improper logging on timberlands in St. Lawrence County. The 19,000 acre parcel - which straddles the north branch of the Grasse River -- is protected by a state conservation deal. As Brian Mann reports, critics say problems with the project raise questions about bigger easement deals signed with International Paper and Champion.  Go to full article

Shoppers Challenge "Homegrown" Label

It's harvest time for some of the local crops. The fields are ripe with homegrown produce. Some supermarkets are advertising homegrown vegetables for sale. But some supermarkets define "homegrown" a lot differently than you might think. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak reports on some misleading marketing that's hurting local farmers.  Go to full article
Swain swam the Hudson earlier this summer

Swain Continues Lake Champlain Swim

A Vermont man swimming the length of Lake Champlain has made it past the half-way point. Christopher Swain began his 125-mile swim late last month in Whitehall, New York, and...  Go to full article

Doctors Publish Fish Buying Guide

Last month, the Federal Advisory Panel re-evaluated the food pyramid. The panel's now saying Americans should increase the amount of fish they eat to two servings a week. But...  Go to full article

Tragedy Prompts New Drinking Water Proposal

Environmental groups are praising a proposed law that aims to protect the sources of Ontario's drinking water. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Cost of Taking Eagle Off Endangered Species List

With more than 7600 breeding pairs in the continental United States alone, the American Bald Eagle has made a remarkable comeback. A new proposal to remove the bird from the...  Go to full article

Blight Endangers Apple Orchards

Agriculture advisors are warning some apple growers to be on the lookout for a blight that can kill the trees in their orchard. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Gretchen...  Go to full article
Adirondack Forest Preserve Land?

Critics Say Land Lease on Adirondack Lake Violates NY Constitution

Every year, New York state leases thousands of parcels of land along the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks. People pay an average of a hundred...  Go to full article
State land extends from water to house.

On Great Sacandaga Lake, State Land For Lease Cheap

Real estate prices in the Adirondacks have soared in recent years, thanks to a boom in vacation home sales. Small parcels on a scenic lake often sell for hundreds of...  Go to full article

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