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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 257 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

11/16/16 – A Closer Look at our Local Food System

This week on Elemental Idaho, we looked at what exactly a local food system is and how are we a part of it. Providing information for the concerned and conscientious consumer, UI Area Extension Educator Ariel Agenbroad guided us through some of the more complex elements that make up a sustainable food system from farm to fork … Continue reading

11/9/16 – Implications of Malheur/Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Last month members of a group that occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days were acquitted of preventing federal employees from doing their jobs. On the day of the acquittal, law enforcement officers arrested nearly 150 protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline, leading some to draw parallels between the two occupations. Is it … Continue reading

11/2/16 – The Draft Boise River Enhancement Plan (encore)

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. A finalized version of the … Continue reading

10/26/16 – It’s our BIRTHDAY!

Today on Elemental Idaho, we celebrated five years of environmental public policy news and interviews on KRBX Radio Boise. We had special guests, clips from our favorite programs and a challenge opportunity to support Radio Boise during its 2016 Fall Radiothon.

10/19/16 – Something insane, ridiculous, or just plain weird

Our show today kicked off our Fall Radio Boise Radiothon, and to celebrate, our guest host, fake environmental news journalist, comedian, and all around good sport, Gabe Dunn, joined us with a new, fake, environmentally-themed news story for every contribution we received.

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

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