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bethmarkley

bethmarkley has written 146 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

9/3/14 – New Clean Water Rule Proposed

The US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers recently jointly released a proposed rule they say is needed to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. Industry groups say the proposed rule imposes unworkable regulations and constitutes an expansion of federal control. Heather Dean of the Environmental Protection Agency and water … Continue reading

8/27/14 – Thin the Threat

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I was joined by guests Betty Munis of the Idaho Forest Products Commission and Andy Brunelle of the US Forest Service to talk about Thin the Threat, a program aimed at increasing public understanding of the impact of wildfire and awareness of the benefits of reducing fuel in our national … Continue reading

8/20/14 – The Dixie Drain Project

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’re going to be talking about a $12 million water treatment facility that will be built and run by the City of Boise and designed to drastically reduce phosphorus in the Boise River before it reaches the Snake River. What is the Dixie Drain project, why is it considered … Continue reading

8/13/14 – The DEQ Triennial Review

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I talked with my guest about the triennial review process the Idaho DEQ is currently undergoing. The Clean Water Act Requires states to modify and review their clean water standards once every three years. What is involved in this review and what can it mean for water quality in Idaho? … Continue reading

8/6/14 – Farms in Idaho

Farmland, a new documentary, by Oscar and two-time Emmy winning filmmaker, James Moll, was at the Egyptian Theatre in August. The film gives an up close and personal look at some of the young American farmers and ranchers who grow and raise food. On this episode, I talked with Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Laura Johnson and Idaho … Continue reading

7/30/14 – Columbia River Treaty Review (Rebroadcast)

In the spring of 1948, flood waters from the Columbia River Basin destroyed the town of Vanport, Oregon, population 30,000, forming a catalyst for the eventual ratification of the Columbia River Treaty between the US and Canada in the 1960s. This past fall, both countries reviewed the treaty in the context of current societal values, … Continue reading

7/23/14 – EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Rule

A proposed EPA Clean Power rule aims to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, requiring states to reduce a certain percentage of their heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, as well as submit plans to the agency by 2016 to prove how they’ll make those cuts. Nationwide, the rules are supposed to cut carbon output to 30 … Continue reading

7/16/14 – Amendments to Fish and Wildlife Draft Program

The Northwest Power Act of 1980 requires the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to develop a fish and Wildlife Program based upon public recommendations, particularly those of fish and wildlife agencies and Indian Tribes. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I’ll talk with NWPCC’s Peter Paquet and Jeff Allen, and Becky Johnson of the Nez … Continue reading

7/9/14 – Managing Idaho Wolves (rebroadcast)

On Monday, Governor “Butch” Otter announced three members of the new Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board created by the legislature to manage wolf populations. In January, Elemental Idaho featured IDFG’s director Virgil Moore discussing the 2013 Idaho Elk Management plan and the new board. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from March, former Valley County Commissioner … Continue reading

7/2/14 – Idaho’s Plans for Water (Rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I rebroadcasted a conversation I had in February with Brian Patton of the Idaho Department of Water Resources. We talk about the Governor’s $15 million Water Sustainability Initiative proposal and an update for us on the Idaho Water Plan, which went into effect in 2013, with strategies and milestones for executing management policies and evaluating … Continue reading

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