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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 23, 2014 — Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.
Jul 23, 2014 — Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.
Jul 22, 2014 — South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.


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Invasives Leave Parasites Behind

Plants and animals that come from overseas sometimes out-compete species that are native to the region. Scientists have long debated what makes the invaders so successful. One hypothesis is that invasive species have fewer natural enemies. New research supports this idea. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rebecca Williams has details.  Go to full article

New Limits on Pesticides in Drinking Water?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing how much of a commonly used pesticide it will allow in drinking water. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

McHugh: Seaway Study "Inappropriate"

The spending bill passed by Congress late last week includes 1.5 million dollars for the Army Corps of Engineers to continue its study of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The bill includes language that directs the Corps to take into consideration any harmful effects expansion could have on the St. Lawrence River. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Warren County: Lens Lake Permit Reviewed By APA

The Adirondack Park Agency will also consider a permit this morning that would allow construction of a new home on the shore of Lens Lake, 25 miles south of Warrensburg. ...  Go to full article

North Country Residents Preparing to Combat Terrorism?

Last week, the government put the U.S. on high alert for terrorist attacks. According to the Homeland Security Department, recent intelligence reports suggest that the al...  Go to full article

Seaway Expansion: Canada's Role Uncertain

A Canadian environmental group doubts Canada will support an on-going study of expanding the St. Lawrence Seaway for bigger ships. But a Canadian port believes the opposite....  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Park Management

Why are we setting natural areas aside, and what do we hope to accomplish by it? How do humans determine which species are encouraged to grow, and which are removed? How...  Go to full article

Report: States Should Turn Off Lights To Save Money

State governments facing major budget problems are being urged to look for ways to trim their bottom line. The Great Lakes Radio...  Go to full article

Popular Herbicide Breeds Resistance

Some weeds are developing a resistance to one of the most popular crop herbicides. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Shawn Johnson reports.  Go to full article
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Spreading the Word on Burn Barrel Hazards

If you shop at a P&C supermarket, you may have noticed a new message on the plastic bags there. It says, "Please Don't Burn This Bag." The message is a part of an...  Go to full article

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