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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 206 posts for'tal Idaho

11/18/15 – Ada County’s Trash Study (rebroadcast)

Last year, the Ada County Landfill accepted more than 369,000 tons of garbage, almost half of which could have been diverted elsewhere. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I talked with Ada County Commissioner Dave Case about a recent Ada County trash study. You can listen to the original broadcast here.

11/11/15 -A conversation with new Idaho DEQ Director John Tippets

For this episode of Elemental Idaho, I recorded a conversation with new Idaho Department of Environmental Quality John Tippets. Tippets, a former Agrium executive, Idaho State Senator, and six term member of the Idaho House of Representatives, was appointed to the position by Governor Otter in July.

11/4/15 – Turning lemons into …. fertilizer? 

Not long ago, an Idaho Fish and Game proposal to the legislature sparked an idea in Boisean Thomas Lansing, and Carp Solutions was born. Learn how this business got started, and the impact it’s having on Idaho’s waterways and a highly invasive fish species on this episode of Elemental Idaho.

10/28/15 – What we learned from the Borah Peak Earthquake 

32 years ago today, in the Lost River Range in Central Idaho, the state’s largest and most significant earthquake ever recorded could be felt in communities as far away as Canada. What did we know about the possibilities for quakes in the area in advance and what do we know now? What are some of … Continue reading

10/21/15 – Managing Idaho’s Newest Wilderness (rebroadcast)

Federal authorities have made public the final management plan for six wilderness areas and 16 wild and scenic river segments in southwestern Idaho, starting a 30-day appeals process. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we talked with representatives of the BLM, land users and conservation groups about the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Management … Continue reading

10/14/15 – Maximizing Soil Health (rebroadcast)

Soil Health is soil managed to its maximum potential through a system of conservation practices, including no-till, cover crops, advanced nutrient and pest management, and buffers and drainage systems where appropriate. Managing for soil health is one of the easiest and most effective ways for farmers to increase crop productivity and profitability while improving the … Continue reading

10/7/15 – The History of Arrowrock

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, US Bureau of Reclamation History Kelsey Doncaster talks about the history of the 100 year-old Arrowrock Dam, which, at the time of its construction, was the tallest man made structure on the planet, and considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World.

9/30/15 – Response to the Clean Power Plan

On this episode, I visited with Idaho Power’s Julia Hilton and Idaho DEQ’s Carl Brown for their response to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, its projected impacts, and what’s in store for Idaho.

9/23/15 – The Clean Power Plan

In June of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules to limit carbon emissions from US power plants in an effort to counter climate change. After considerable public outreach over the course of the last year, the EPA released the final draft of the Clean Power Plan early last month. Joining me to talk about Plan, its … Continue reading

9/16/15 – Idaho Power’s Response to EPA’s Clean Power Rule (rebroadcast)

In July of 2014, Kate Kelly of the EPA joined us on Elemental Idaho to outline the Obama administration’s ambitious draft proposal to combat climate change: a rule that aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030. In August, the administration finalized the Clean Power Plan, and next week … Continue reading


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