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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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Room for Wilderness in the Suburbs?

Imagine a suburban, backyard wilderness where 200 year-old trees still stand. That's exactly what you'll find at the 300 acre Reinstein Nature Preserve. It meanders right through the heart of a bustling suburb. The preserve has been limited to small groups led by a nature guide. But there's a new plan to give unrestricted access. Some environmentalists worry that would ruin the preserve. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak takes us to the woods - and to the debate.  Go to full article

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...  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

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