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Fort Covington Dam
Fort Covington Dam

Fort Covington Dam coming down

A hundred-year old dam on the Salmon River in Franklin County is coming down. The Fort Covington dam was last used for hydropower in the 1950s. It's been crumbling ever since. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Budget money for big lakes

The Environmental Protection Agency's budget has a lot of money for green energy projects, dealing with climate change and creating green jobs. But as Lester Graham reports, the EPA will also deal with old fashioned environmental issues such as pollution.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg wants state to release $355K

Officials in Ogdensburg want the state to release $355,000 for environmental assessments and potential clean up of waterfront sites contaminated by industrial pollutants. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River hopes President Obama will help restore and improve wetlands like these in French Creek, a St. Lawrence tributary.
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River hopes President Obama will help restore and improve wetlands like these in French Creek, a St. Lawrence tributary.

Great Lakes defenders see hope in Obama

The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River contain one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water, 90% of the fresh surface water in the U.S. But they've been battered by industrial pollution, farm and road runoff, and invasive species. The 185 foreign species in the Lakes and River cause billions of dollars in damage to the region's economy every year. After years of neglect by Washington, the Obama Administration is making a multi-billion dollar commitment to the cleaning up the Great Lakes. Environmentalists believe they have a big ally. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Testing the public waters

Most of us assume the government is keeping track of environmental issues such as pollution in water. In reality, most pollution problems are first detected by citizens. Lester Graham reports in some parts of the nation, volunteers step in to make sure their local streams and lakes are clean.  Go to full article

Counties plan to sue Adirondack Park Agency, more suits likely

At least four North Country counties are planning to sue the Adirondack Park Agency. At issue are new shoreline restrictions approved last month. The rules limit construction and expansion of waterfront homes without an APA variance. As Brian Mann reports, local leaders say political changes in Albany will mean more lawsuits against state agencies.  Go to full article

Lessons from a wet garden

Most North Country gardens are lush given all the rain water this summer. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about tips for thinking ahead about watering the garden when it really needs it.  Go to full article

Great Lakes compact goes to Washington

The movement to essentially ban water diversions from the Great Lakes moved on to Washington this week. It took years for all eight Great Lakes states to pass the Great Lakes compact. Michigan was the last legislature to ratify it earlier this month. Now Congress needs to act for the compact to become law. Minnesota Democrat James Oberstar, who chairs an influential committee, has promised quick passage in the House. New York Senator Hillary Clinton helped introduce the measure in her chamber on Wednesday. To assess the political landscape awaiting the compact on Capitol Hill, David Sommerstein spoke with journalist Peter Annin. He wrote The Great Lakes Water Wars about the compact. He says it remains a mystery how lawmakers from other parts of the country will react.  Go to full article
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond

Dragonfly devotees swarm for the hunt

Take a paddle or hike along a stream, or spend some time gardening and you'll likely hear the familiar click of wings or glimpse a flying glint of blue or green. Dragonflies are a familiar and favorite sight in the North Country. And now, during the summer months, excitement is high among "dragonfliers" whose calendars are extra full because this is the time of year when dragonflies are most commonly seen. But researchers say there are more questions than answers about dragonflies. This is the fourth summer that the DEC and Nature Conservancy have seriously studied dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, in some of the more remote parts of the state. With the help of volunteers, biologists are out to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats. Todd Moe found that, for a hobby that includes searching for large bugs in swampy areas, it has a lot of followers.  Go to full article

Great Lakes compact goes to Washington

There's a new agreement that says the Great Lakes water has to stay in the Great Lakes. It's been approved now by all eight of the states and the two Canadian provinces that border the Lakes. Rick Pluta reports the agreement is now on its way to Congress.  Go to full article

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