Renown for its clean, cold water and abundant trout population, Silver Creek and its tributaries are a destination for anglers from all over the world. In recent years, anglers, recreationists and landowners have noticed trends within the watershed that threaten Silver Creek’s ecological integrity. In 2010, Ecosystem Sciences Foundation and others initiated a watershed-wide monitoring … Continue reading
The 2001 Roadless Rule issued by the Clinton administration in the last days of his administration prohibits road construction on more than 58 million acres of national Forest System lands. Of all the 39 states this affects, non other in the lower 48 has more roadless space than Idaho. In October, 2008, Idaho adopted its … Continue reading
Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama speaks at the Caven-Williams Sports complex at Boise State University. Area conservation groups hoped to use the occassion to show support of the designation of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument, something they say the administration has made clear would only be possible if local forces showed a huge degree … Continue reading
On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation director Dustin Miller talked about OSC projects, including plans for Idaho’s Sage Grouse task force and the Governor’s proposed 2015 sage grouse funding. OSC’s Michael Edmondson was on hand to talk about the OSC’s fisheries projects.
On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from October, I talk with Randy Stapilus, editor of Through the Waters, An Oral History of the Snake River Adjudication, a compilation of the personal perspectives of those most centrally involved with one of the largest legal cases in American history. The SRBA was a 27 year-review of more … Continue reading
Three decades ago, the Swan Falls Settlement resolved an ongoing controversy over how to balance water uses for agriculture and water needs for hydropower generation in the Snake River Basin. It was central to the Snake River Basin Adjudication process, a 27-year review of more than 150,000 water rights and one of the largest legal … Continue reading
Historian Susan Stacy joined us on this episode of Elemental Idaho, first broadcast in October, for a conversation about one of the most beloved amenities in Boise today. The City of Boise celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Greenbelt last week with commemorations and events, but its origins weren’t without some struggle, and along the way, the … Continue reading
In May, The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality began a statewide survey to estimate fish consumption rates among Idaho residents. Information from the survey will be used to tailor water quality criteria to protect human health in Idaho. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from June, we talked about the potential outcomes for the survey … Continue reading
In July, Kate Kelly of the EPA joined us on Elemental Idaho to outline the Obama administration’s ambitious proposal to combat climate change: a rule that aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030. On today’s program, Julia Hilton shares Idaho Power’s response to the rule.
Our guests on this program were Cynthia Bridge Clark and Neely Miller with the Idaho Department of Water Resources talking about the Water Sustainability and Aquifer Stabilization Initiative and some of the issues that are being prioritized by the Idaho Water Resource Board.