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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 298 posts for'tal Idaho

10/11/17 Phosphorus Monitoring on the Boise River

For decades, the lower Boise River downstream of Lucky Peak Reservoir has been highly enriched with phosphorus, which can create a cycle of excessive plant growth, decreased oxygen for fish, and even algal blooms. Water-quality monitoring by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that phosphorus concentrations in the lower Boise River are down one third … Continue reading

10/4/17 – The Dixie Drain Project (encore)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, and in preparation for an upcoming report on water quality in the Boise River, we rebroadcast an episode from 2015 about a $12 million water treatment facility that was built and is now run by the City of Boise, designed to drastically reduce phosphorus in the Boise River before it … Continue reading

9/27/17 Projections for Treasure Valley Water Use (encore)

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

9/20/17 – Mapping Rivers and Streams in the Western US (encore)

On this program, US Forest Service fisheries biologist Dan Isaak will join us. He is leading a project to create an aquatic species map for rivers and streams in the western US. He says such a map could help with land management decisions and deciding where to spend limited money and resources. This is an encore episode of … Continue reading

9/13/17 – Farmland Preservation in the Treasure Valley

Over the course of the last year various organizations have been working 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 … Continue reading

9/5/17 – Turning Lemons into … Fertilizer? (encore)

Not long ago, an Idaho Fish and Game proposal to the legislature sparked an idea in Boisean Thomas Lansing, and Carp Solutions was born. Learn how this business got started, and the impact it’s having on Idaho’s waterways and a highly invasive fish species on this episode of Elemental Idaho. You can listen to the … Continue reading

8/30/17 – Wildfires in Idaho and the Northwest (encore)

A recent University of Idaho report highlights the human factor in wildfires, examining twenty-year trends in their causes and conditions under which they begin. They say the results of their study show the problem will likely get worse. Our guest for this program, first broadcast last spring, was UI Professor John Abatzoglou, who worked with counterparts … Continue reading

8/23/17 – Treasure Valley Engineers without Borders

In some of the world’s toughest places, local professionals are working to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. On this episode, our guests from the Treasure Valley Engineers Without Borders shared how they’re partnering with … Continue reading

8/16/17 – The Great American Eclipse

Boise State University assistant professor of physics and astronomy, Brian Jackson, and Elizabeth Duncan of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management joined us on Elemental Idaho to talk about one of the most exciting natural phenomenons Idahoans had the opportunity to experience this summer, what to expect and tips on how to have a safe … Continue reading

8/9/17 – The Case for Dark Skies 

Light pollution can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. Idaho Conservation League’s Dani Mazzotta joined us to talk about some of these impacts and a collaboration under way in the Wood River Valley and Stanley Basin to establish a dark sky reserve.  

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