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Book Review: "Living Waters"

For those of us in the North Country the St. Lawrence River is a summer playground or the wide water below us when we take the bridge to Canada. For author Margaret Wooster, the giant river is part of the Great Lakes watershed, and an ecosystem in danger. Betsy Kepes reviews Wooster's book Living Waters, Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes.  Go to full article

Noted river author, photographer featured in Clayton

St. Lawrence River advocates, policy makers, and scientists will gather Saturday in Clayton for Save the River's 20th annual Winter Weekend conference. The day-long event at the Clayton Opera house will focus on the effects of climate change on the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes. The event's keynote speaker Saturday night will offer a broader look at rivers across America. Tim Palmer has been writing about and photographing rivers for more than 25 years. Paddler magazine named Palmer "one of the 10 greatest river conservationists of our time". Palmer spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Paddling through pollution

A group of New Yorkers is trying to convince people to get out on one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country - literally out there, in canoes. Samara Freemark reports that they hope once people see the water up close, they'll realize just how dirty it is. And maybe then they'll help clean it up.  Go to full article

Book review: "Oswegatchie"

It's summer and North Country rivers beckon. The Grasse, the St. Regis, the Racquette...the region is filled with rivers that defy map gravity and flow north. Betsy Kepes reviews an anthology about the Oswegatchie River.  Go to full article
Roger Fulton
Roger Fulton

Glens Falls man begins 300-mile canoe trek

A Glens Falls author and tour guide leaves tomorrow on a summer long canoe trek from Lake George to the St. Lawrence River. Roger Fulton, co-author of the Common Man book series, says his canoe trip will retrace the water routes used during the French and Indian War, including the Hudson River, Lake George, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River. Todd Moe spoke with him about the trip, his 18th century attire and canoe.  Go to full article
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of:  Martha Spear)
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of: Martha Spear)

Ice dams flood two North Country communities

Local officials watched nervously Monday across the North Country as rivers rose with early spring rain and melting snow. Ice dams were the big worry. A bottleneck of ice on the Great Chazy River forced residents to evacuate neighborhoods in Champlain. Another dam on the Ausable River triggered flooding in the town of Jay, where a state of emergency was declared. Brian Mann was in the village of Ausable Forks yesterday when crews fought to dislodge one of the massive clots of ice. He sent this report.  Go to full article

Environmentalists: DEC Staff Cuts Threaten Public Safety

A report by an environmental watchdog group finds staffing cuts at the Pataki Administration's environmental agency could have dangerous consequences. The group says dams across the state are not being properly inspected. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Supreme Court to Consider Wetlands Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving the government's authority to regulate wetlands. The cases question whether federal regulators have jurisdiction over wetlands that don't directly connect to rivers or other waterways. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

Manure Spill Contaminates Black River

A massive sewage spill from a dairy farm near Lowville, on the Black River, forced Watertown to shut off its main water supply yesterday afternoon. The city is operating on reserves of stored water. State officials have increased the flow of water from the Stillwater Reservoir, hoping to flush the liquid manure out into Lake Ontario. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
The undiscovered Osgood River
The undiscovered Osgood River

The Osgood River, One Oxbow at a Time

The Osgood River flows through some of the wildest country in the northern Adirondacks. For decades, New York state has considered including it on a list of scenic and wild rivers that receive extra environmental protection. The legislature has never taken action. Brian Mann spent a day on the Osgood River this summer and has our story.  Go to full article

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