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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 217 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

2/3/16 – Science and the nature of risk

Dr. Greg Moller, Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology with the University of Idaho presented before a joint session of the House Resources and Conservation and Senate Resources and Environment Committees last week as they considered administrative rules concerning water quality standards tied to fish consumption rates. He and Idaho DEQ Water Quality Division Administrator Barry Burnell were … Continue reading

1/27/16 – A New Water Quality Rule Based on Fish Consumption

  In May of 2014, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality began a year-long statewide survey to estimate fish consumption rates among Idaho residents. Results would be used to tailor water quality criteria to protect human health in Idaho. Last week, the Idaho DEQ proposed a rule change to the Senate Resources and Environment Committee, updating … Continue reading

1/20/16 – Fish Consumption and Water Quality (rebroadcast)

In mid 2014, The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality began a statewide survey to estimate fish consumption rates among Idaho residents. Information from the survey has been used to revise a water quality rule that’s currently under consideration in the 2016 Idaho legislative session. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from June 2014, we talked about … Continue reading

1/13/16 – A Quiet Session for Idaho Ag and Related Issues?

Pundits and lobbyists say they aren’t aware of much that could make this an explosive session for agricultural issues, but there could be some contention nevertheless, like potential bills dealing with water and animal welfare. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Capital Press Sean Ellis gives his take on the Governor’s State of the State address and … Continue reading

1/6/16 – Idaho’s Response to the Clean Power Plan (rebroadcast)

On this episode (rebroadcast from last fall), and on the heels of our visit with the EPA’s Kate Kelly, 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. You can hear the original broadcast here.  

12/30/15 – The Clean Power Plan (rebroadcast)

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 late last summer. Joining me to talk about Plan, its implementation … Continue reading

12/23/15 – Reservoir Fill and Refill (rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from last summer, 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 … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 – Ridge to Rivers into the future

Boise’s Ridge to Rivers system is an interconnected network of roads and trails courses through the Boise foothills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. On this program, we’ll talk with director David Gordon about the system’s 10 year master plan.

12/9/15 The Economics of Storm Water Management

Today’s show features Liz Paul of Idaho Rivers United and Evan Hjerpe from the Conservation Economics Institute talking about storm water management in the Boise urban area and a recent economic study comparing the costs and benefits of green infrastructure with traditional grey infrastructure.

12/2/15 – The INL Biomass Feedstock National User Facility

The US Department of Energy has been studying whether there are adequate biomass resources to displace a significant amount of our fuels for transportation, heat and power, and what the impact might be on carbon emissions. This episode features facility director Kevin Kenney, talking about the facility’s work in researching opportunities to utilize biomass resources … Continue reading

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