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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 252 posts for'tal Idaho

10/12/16 – Mercury in the Hells Canyon Complex (encore)

The US Geological Survey (USGS) and Idaho Power are conducting a five year study on mercury concentrations in fish in the Hells Canyon Complex, including Brownlee Reservoir, where there are current fish consumption advisories. Dr. David Krabbenhoft, a worldwide expert on mercury cycling and behavior in the atmosphere and aquatic environments and mercury contamination of … Continue reading

10/5/16 – Esther Simplot Park – Innovative Storm Water Management and Flood Protection (encore)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Boise City Engineer John Tensen and Superintendent of Parks, Tom Governale, presented details of the Esther Simplot Park, which is designed to reduce flood risk and manage storm water, as well as provide valuable recreational opportunities.  Construction is expected to be completed by this summer. This was an encore presentation … Continue reading

9/28/16 – Farmland Preservation in the Treasure Valley

In October and the coming months, various organizations will be looking to get the word out about the importance of preserving farmland in the Treasure Valley from development. What is the value of farmland preservation and what are the potential concerns for landowners, farmers, and developers? Our guests for this program were Ada County Soil and Water Conservation … Continue reading

9/21/16 – Projections for Treasure Valley Water Use

The population in the Treasure Valley is expected to grow in the next 50 years from more than 600,000 people today to 1.57 million, according to results of a water-demand projections analysis presented to the Idaho Water Resource Board last spring. This means the demand for water supplies may grow by 245 percent to 357 … Continue reading

9/14/16 – A new Groundwater Management Area

The Idaho Department of Water Resources held public meetings this summer to gather public comment on a possible East Snake Plain Aquifer groundwater management area, a topic which has generated a considerable amount of concern among groundwater users and others. On this episode of Elemental Idaho is Lynn Tominaga of the Idaho Groundwater Appropriators explains some … Continue reading

09/07/16 – Farms in Idaho (encore episode)

Next month, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition kicks off a yearlong effort to raise awareness about the importance of preserving farmland in Idaho. A couple of years ago, the movie Farmland was screened in Boise, and we were able to talk to a couple of the panelists from that event, and about the status of farmland … Continue reading

8/31/16 – A Family Adventure Through America’s National Parks 

Earlier this month, the children of Maureen and Chris Welcker started a new year of school, but last year at this time, they were preparing for a different family adventure with a plan to visit as many national parks as possible. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we talked about their yearlong adventure to visit as many … Continue reading

08/24/16 – The Farm To School Program (encore episode)

In the Boise School District and elsewhere in Idaho, the Idaho Farms to School Program has brought local produce and other products to the school lunch menu. In this rebroadcast from last year, Heidi Martin with the Idaho Department of Education and Leah Clark with the Idaho Department of Agriculture join me with Peggy Bodnar, Director … Continue reading

8/17/16 – Coping with Wildfire Season (encore episode)

Last spring, Idaho fire experts and others gathered for the 4th Annual Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum in Boise. The forum provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders in wildfire mitigation to meet, network and to share their latest efforts in wildfire mitigation. In this rebroadcast from May, Ivy Dickinson from Idaho Firewise and BLM’s Jennifer … Continue reading

8/10/16 – The Threat of the Japanese Beetle (encore episode)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we discussed one of the top insect threats to Idaho, the Japanese beetle, which has already infested most of the eastern quarter of the US, and has now making a stand in our own state. Entomologist Dr. Paul Castrovillo was our guest on this program, an encore episode from last summer … Continue reading

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