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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...

Environment
Aug 1, 2014 — As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.
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.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?

Curbing Nitrogen Pollution, pt. 2 of 2

Across the country, forests streams and coastlines are getting extra doses of nutrients containing the element nitrogen. Researchers say the long-term impact of these unwanted compounds on the environment could be serious. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Daniel Grossman reports on some efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution.  Go to full article

Preserving the Tug Hill Region

More than a million dollars was recently earmarked to preserve 45-thousand acres of land in the Tug Hill Region. It's called the East Branch of Fish Creek Project and it will protect the area's natural resources while opening the land for public recreational use. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Smog and Haze from Quebec Covers Northeast

People in most parts of New York State noticed a haze and smog this weekend, caused by fires in the Canadian province of Quebec. While the change of wind patterns meant clearer air on Monday, health organizations that monitor air quality say there could be more unhealthy air coming this week. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

EPA Ombudsman Losing Independence?

Testimony before a Senate committee indicates the Environmental Protection Agency's ombudsman would not have the independence necessary to do the job under a reorganization...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Praise Bill That Would Increase Penalty for Stealing Trees

The Adirondack Council is praising a bill that would increase the penalty for stealing trees from the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Study: High Mercury Levels in Adirondack Loons

The final report from a study of mercury levels in Adirondack loons is out. It finds that 17 percent of the birds scientists sampled last summer had high enough levels of...  Go to full article

Loon Mercury Study Final Report

Martha Foley talks with Adirondack loon researcher Nina Schoch about the final report from the loon and mercury study, other threats to loons in the Adirondacks, and a census...  Go to full article

Restoring the Common Tern

The Common Tern is a bird best known for its graceful flight and dramatic dives. The shoals and nooks of the eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline have been...  Go to full article

G8 Protesters March in Ottawa

Protest groups say they plan to paralyze downtown Ottawa with marches today and tomorrow. The groups are demonstrating against a meeting of G-8 leaders taking place outside...  Go to full article

Bikers Gear Up For EPA Battle

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to clean up pollution from motorcycles. Motorcycle enthusiasts don't want the government telling them how to operate their street...  Go to full article

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