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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 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.
Jul 31, 2014 — The Colorado River Basin, which supplies irrigation and groundwater for most of the West, is drying up faster than expected. Part of the problem is a drought-driven over-reliance on groundwater.


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Dave Dempsey
Dave Dempsey

Great Lakes Need Citizen Input

The Army Corps of Engineers brought its meeting to Clayton last night after pressure from community environmental groups. A recent study indicates many of the problems troubling the Great Lakes system are due to poor governance - and says what's often missing are citizen voices. Dave Dempsey is the lead author of the report. He's a policy advisor to the Michigan Environmental Council, which published the report. It's called "Restoring Greatness to Government: Protecting the Great Lakes in the 21st Century." Dempsey told The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham it's important to make it easier for people around the waterway to have their say.  Go to full article
A-10 Warthog at low altitude

Military Flyovers: From Controversy to Collaboration

In the 1980s, low-level military flights elicited passionate reactions and often rancorous debate. It got so bad then-Governor Mario Cuomo created a joint citizen-military committee to resolve the problems. A toll-free hotline (800-228-3567) was set up for complaints and is still in operation today. Now the military is preparing a new plan for using North Country airspace. But this time, the dialogue with citizens on the ground is far more civil than in years past. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Water Quality Data Collection Inefficient

A government report has found federal agencies collect a lot of data on water quality, but don't always share the information in a way that can help the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Interview: Bruce Chassy - GM Foods are Safer

Critics of genetically engineered foods question the safety of using genes from different species to alter the behavior of plants. But the supporters of bio-engineered...  Go to full article
Jay Nash

Preview: Rock for the River in Clayton

Musicians from around the country gather at the Clayton Opera House tonight (7:30) for Rock for the River, a benefit concert for the environmental group "Save the...  Go to full article

Interview: Jeff Smith?Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

Products made from genetically engineered crops are appearing in more and more foods. There's a good chance just about any prepackaged food that's made with soybean oil, soy...  Go to full article

Air Pollution's Link to Heart Disease

The American Heart Association says air pollution appears to be a risk factor when it comes to heart disease. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Lehman reports.  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution Reduced During Blackout

A new study indicates that air pollution dropped significantly the day after last year's power blackout in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Cleaning Up School Bus Fumes

The Environmental Protection Agency has picked school districts in the Great Lakes region as the first to receive its so-called "Clean School Bus" grants this year. The...  Go to full article

Swimming the Hudson for Clean Water - An Update

Jody Tosti checks in with Christopher Swain, who plans to swim the entire 315 miles of the Hudson River from Lake Tear of the Clouds to Manhattan and the Atlantic Ocean to...  Go to full article

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