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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 28, 2014 — An extremely rare, albino hermaphroditic redwood tree was in danger of being sent to the chipper because it was growing too close to the path of a new railroad line in Cotati, Calif. But thanks to local outcry from arborists and the community, the tree is getting a second chance at life.
Jul 28, 2014 — Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.
Jul 28, 2014 — Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: the rapid decline of fish and fauna.


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Governors Call For Uniform Water Standards

Some Great Lakes governors have agreed they should adopt a consistent set of rules for determining whether their water is clean and safe. We have more from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rick Pluta.  Go to full article
Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse

Saving the American Eel

For centuries, the American eel dominated the waters of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Only 50 years ago, the snake-like fish accounted for half of the biomass of Lake Ontario. Today it has all but disappeared. Researchers and fishermen see the decline as a shrill warning about changes in climate and the environment. And they say now is the time to do something about it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lynn Scarlett Defends Bush Environmental Policies

As the campaigns for President advance, President George W. Bush's environmental policies are being examined. The Bush administration has been criticized by many of the large environmental groups. But Bush supporters say the White House approach to environmental protection is working well. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham talked with one of the architects of the Bush environmental policy, Lynn Scarlett. She is Assistant Secretary of the Department of Interior's Office of Policy Management and Budget. Scarlett says the Bush approach to the environment goes beyond just punishing polluters, but encourages everyone to do more.  Go to full article

Sierra Club's Carl Pope Criticizes Bush Administration

As the political campaigns get into full swing this presidential election year, the environmental record of George W. Bush is being scrutinized. The big environmental groups...  Go to full article

Cleaner Air, Higher Gas Prices?

The federal government's tougher regulations on pollution might have consequences on prices at the gasoline pump. To meet the Clean Air Act, some areas might be required to...  Go to full article

Pataki Marks Earth Day With Adk Land Deal Announcement

Governor George Pataki celebrated Earth Day by announcing the largest state land purchase arrangement ever in New York's Adirondack region. The state and International Paper...  Go to full article
Kevin Pricket circles Valcour Island

A Spring Paddle Around Valcour Island, By Kayak

After our long winter, spring has finally arrived in the North Country. The ice has left most of the lakes. Loons and herons are returning to their nests. This week, Brian...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Water Fleas

Dr. Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley about another invasive species in the Great Lakes; the fishhook waterflea, named for its long, hooked tail. Cercopagis pengoi...  Go to full article

Adirondacks: International Paper Sells Development Rights on 260,000 Acres

Governor George Pataki will announce a landmark conservation deal today with International Paper that will freeze development on a quarter-million acres of land in the...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Praise New Land Deal

John Sheehan, with the Adirondack Council, tells Martha Foley why this new International Paper land deal is important.  Go to full article

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