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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 189 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

7/22/15 – Reservoir Fill and Refill

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we talked about the impacts of a recent decision by the Idaho Department of Water Resources they’ve said is needed to accommodate growth in our area and resulting impacts to our water resources. The decision could also adversely impact the water rights of irrigation delivery and other organizations. My guest … Continue reading

7/1515 – A New Start for CIEDRA (rebroadcast)

In January, Representative Simpson unveiled a revised version of the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation, or CIEDRA. Last week, this bill was sent to the full House without objection from the House Natural Resources Committee. On this show, recorded earlier this year, I talked with Representative Simpson about the bill he first introduced 13 years … Continue reading

7/8/15 – The Dixie Drain Project (rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, and in keeping with our recent focus on the Boise River, we’ll rebroadcast an episode from last Summer 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 … Continue reading

7/1/15 – The Barber Pool Conservation Area (rebroadcast)

The BPCA, a more than 700 acre area just 6 miles east of downtown on the Boise River, is home to more than two hundred species of wildlife, including bald eagles and mule dear, and one of the last intact black cottonwood stands in the rapidly urbanizing Boise area. On this episode, we hear from Sharon … Continue reading

6/24/15 – An updated plan to address Boise River pollution

On this episode, we talked about the Idaho DEQ’s proposed water quality improvement plan, or TMDL, to decrease phosphorus and other pollution on the Boise River. Kati Carberry, Watershed Coordinator, IDEQ, Boise Regional Office was our guest.

6/17/15 – The Draft Boise River Enhancement Plan

The Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN) has released a draft plan that recommends cooperative ecological enhancement of the Lower Boise River. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Derek Risso of Ecosystem Sciences, and member of the team that helped develop the plan, outlined its details and why it was developed.

6/10/15 – Managing Environmentally Sensitive Horse Properties (rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from earlier this spring, our guest was Alayne Blickle, creator and director of the award-winning Horses for Clean Water program. Since 1997, Horses for Clean Water has taught environmentally sensitive horsekeeping practices through classes, workshops, demonstration farms, farm tours, and individual consultations. You can listen to the original program … Continue reading

6/3/15 – The Lake Lowell Management Plan

In April, a management plan became official for the Lake Lowell, marking the end of an eight year process. Some say earlier versions of the plan overly restricted boat traffic. Hear about the concessions made and the resulting changes to how this local treasure will be managed in the future.

5/27/15 – Protecting Idaho’s Sage Grouse and Other Species

Will Whelan of the Nature Conservancy talked about collaborative work being done to conserve habitat and preclude an ESA listing of the Sage Grouse.  

5/20/15 – The State of Species Conservation in Idaho

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from earlier this year, Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation director Dustin Miller and I talk 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 is on hand to talk about the OSC’s fisheries projects.

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