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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...

Environment
Aug 1, 2014 — As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.
Jul 31, 2014 — A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.
Jul 31, 2014 — Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.


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

NY Eyes Less Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Governor Pataki's energy regulators have approved a plan to reduce the state's reliance on oil, coal and other highly polluting power sources in the next nine years. New York joins 13 other states with similar plans to increase the use of renewable energy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Finch Pruyn Land Sale Alarms Environmental Groups

One of the region's biggest timber companies is selling a 4,900 acre parcel of land in the town of Newcomb. According to a report published yesterday in the Glens Falls Post-Star, Finch Pruyn has agreed to sell the property for nearly $6 million. As Brian Mann reports, environmental groups say the deal could signal a new wave of housing development in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Candidates Play on Water Diversion Issue

Great Lakes water has become an issue in this year's presidential campaign as both candidates try to pick up valuable votes in the swing states. Both of the major party candidates say they're against diverting the water to other states, and both say their opponent has been inconsistent on the issue. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Michael Leland has more.  Go to full article

Adirondack Park?s Senior Scientist Steps Down

The senior scientist for the Adirondack Park Agency is stepping down. Ray Curran worked for the APA for 31 years and helped to shape a small but respected science program. ...  Go to full article

EPA to Regulate Airplane De-icing Fluid?

The Environmental Protection Agency says it might impose new restrictions on airports. Officials with the EPA say de-icing chemicals used on planes and taxiways can...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: BT Corn and Monarch Butterflies

Recent studies verify the theory that BT corn, genetically-engineered to produce its own pesticides, is harmful to the monarch butterfly, producing a high rate of mortality...  Go to full article
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Waterfront Cleanup, New Manufacturer Cheers Ogdensburg

This week's been full of good news for the city of Ogdensburg. On Monday Governor Pataki announced a $168,000 state grant to help clean up contamination along the St....  Go to full article

Glassing Bottled Water's Image

Over the past ten years, sales of bottled water have tripled. There's a huge thirst for water that's pure, clean and conveniently packaged. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Groups Say Bush Mercury Plan Could Hurt Tourism

Several environmental and sporting groups are criticizing the Bush administration's plan to reduce mercury from power plants. They say it protects utilities at the expense of...  Go to full article

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...  Go to full article

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