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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 29, 2014 — Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.
Jul 29, 2014 — Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.
Jul 29, 2014 — The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.


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Biologist Devotes Life to Island Wolves

It's been a cold winter this year, especially for Rolf Peterson. Peterson is a wildlife biologist who studies wolves and moose on Isle Royale. Every year starting in January Peterson spends several weeks on the island at the northernmost spot in Michigan surrounded by the frigid waters of Lake Superior. The environment is harsh, but Peterson says it's the best time to observe wild animals, and as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Gretchen Millich reports, as his research has uncovered some of our most basic knowledge about predators and their prey.  Go to full article

River Ice Moves: Still Some Risk of Floods

After a hard winter, the North Country's frozen rivers are breaking up, sending rafts of ice a foot thick downstream. In parts of the region, ice jams have formed, flooding fields and front yards. As Brian Mann reports, the melt has been orderly so far, with no damaged buildings, but with rain showers in the forecast officials are still nervous.  Go to full article

Chemical Plant Security in Question

The General Accounting Office has released a report saying that there's no way to know how secure the nation's chemical plants are from terrorist attacks. The Congressional Research Agency says that no federal department has looked into the problem yet. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bill Poorman reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Argues Over Anti-Smoking Bill

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his Republican members argued over a sweeping anti-smoking bill in a closed door meeting. But the Senator says he's still...  Go to full article

When The Well Runs Dry

In the North Country and across the region, the idea of not having enough water is ridiculous to most people. But that's beginning to change. Environmentalists are sounding...  Go to full article

Hot Temps, Smaller Animals?

A scientist who has been studying the effects of a period of global warming that took place millions of years ago says there could be similar effects going on now. The Great...  Go to full article

Birders' Passion Helps Scientists

Every year, tens of thousands of avid birdwatchers wander through frozen fields and marshy swamps. Their job is to record as many birds as they can find in a given area. ...  Go to full article

Cautious Approval for New Herbicide

Corn farmers in the Midwest could soon join their neighbors in using a new herbicide known as "Balance Pro". The EPA approved the herbicide for most of the Midwest four...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Push for Expanded Bottle Law

Environmentalists say expanding New York's bottle law could reap money for environmental projects in New York during a lean budget year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Control of Water Supply Flows To Foreign Company

A German company is now the owner of large water companies in
several Great Lakes states. The trend has many communities concerned about the future of their water...  Go to full article

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