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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 273 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

3/15/17 – The Impact of Climate Change on Tribes (encore)

Scott Hauser, director of the Upper Snake River Tribes, is leading an effort to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment for the four tribes his organization represents, and the Upper Snake River Watershed. He joined us to talk about the project and what they’ve learned so far. This is an encore broadcast. You can listen to … Continue reading

03/01/17 – Keep clear of the sheep (encore)

Boise’s foothills are managed for multiple use, and domestic sheep have been trailed through the Boise Foothills for more than a century. In the spring, trail users are likely to encounter sheep moving through the foothills, which sometimes presents a challenge for ranchers. On this episode, rebroadcast from several years ago, I talked with outdoor recreation … Continue reading

2/22/17 – Media, Politics and Environmental Public Policy

For this episode, I spoke with John Freemuth, BSU Professor of Environmental Policy, and Seth Ashley, an Associate Professor at BSU specializing in American journalism, media ethics, culture, and sociology. We spoke about the role of the media in today’s political climate, including issues regarding media access to public agencies, dissemination of information to the public about environmental, land use … Continue reading

2/15/17 -A Groundwater-Flow Model

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Water Resources have started developing a groundwater-flow model for Idaho’s Treasure Valley aquifer system. Resource managers will use the new model to simulate groundwater flow in the aquifer system underlying the Treasure Valley, an area that includes about 38 percent of Idaho’s current population. The Treasure … Continue reading

2/8/17 – The Boise River Wildlife Linkage Partnership (encore)

After decades of ever increasing vehicle-wildlife collisions on Warm Springs Avenue and State Highway 21, a collaborative group of organizations, agencies and individuals created an underpass to allow wildlife to travel under the road and out of the path of vehicles.  On this rebroadcast of a November, 2012, episode of Elemental Idaho, I talked with Krista Muller with … Continue reading

02/01/17 – Our Changing Climate (encore)

Temperatures on earth are increasing. Such a change has spurred debate, both politically and in the sciences, as to the causes of climate change and its impacts. It’s a complex issue. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from March, we talk about the natural drivers of climate change, and how our climate has changed over … Continue reading

1/18/17 – UI Dean Parrella’s plans for College of Ag and Life Sciences

In Governor Otter’s State of the State address last week, he highlighted proposals to fund University of Idaho facilities dedicated to agriculture research. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’ll hear from dean Michael Parrella about those plans and others to increase enrollment, renovate agriculture experiment stations and expand the college’s research capacity.

1/25/17 – University of Idaho’s Experimental Forest

For over 80 years, the University of Idaho Experimental Forest has provided a working forest classroom for students. The management units, natural areas and outdoor classrooms provide the connection to field-based education, faculty and graduate research. Last week on Elemental Idaho, we talked with the UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean about the … Continue reading

1/11/17 – National Cyber-Security and the environment (encore)

On Monday, Governor Otter gave his state of the state address in which he talked about the Idaho National Lab as a world leader in cyber-security, with established partnerships positioning three Idaho universities on the cutting edge of addressing global challenges in that arena. On this episode, rebroadcast from 2013, we’ll hear from Brent Stacey, … Continue reading

01/04/17 – The Swan Falls Agreement – 30 Years Later (encore)

More than three decades ago, the Swan Falls Settlement resolved an ongoing controversy over how to balance water uses for agriculture and water needs for hydropower generation in the Snake River Basin. It was central to the Snake River Basin Adjudication process, a 27-year review of more than 150,000 water rights and one of the … Continue reading

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