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bethmarkley has written 143 posts for'tal Idaho

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

6/25/14 – Innovation in Fire Fighting (rebroadcast)

The Paradigm Project is a plan by the Bureau of Land Management to establish fuel breaks for a nearly 300,000 acre area from the historic Bonneville Point to Glenns Ferry, and from the foothills south to the Union Pacific rail line. Within the last 53 years, more than 75% of the area has burned, resulting in native plants being … Continue reading

6/18/14 – National Monument Status for the Boulder White Clouds (rebroadcast) 

Last month, after designating The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico, President Obama promised more monument signing ceremonies before leaving office. On this episode, rebroadcast from last fall, I talked with various groups about the impact of National Monument status on the Boulder-White Cloud area. Our guests included Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation … Continue reading

6/11/14 – Boise’s Ridge to Rivers Trail (rebroadcast)

On the outskirts of Boise, more than 130 miles of interconnected roads and trails course through the foothills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. On this program, rebroadcast from March, Tim Breuer, former director of the program (now at the helm of the Land Trust of the … Continue reading


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