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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 305 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

11/29/17 – Managing Idaho’s Wild Horses (encore)

Idaho’s public lands are home to over 775 wild horses, descendants of domestic horses that escaped or were turned out on public lands prior to the Horse and Burro Act of 1971. The BLM must study and monitor the horses to determine how many wild horses each management area can support while also providing for … Continue reading

11/22/17 – Invasives in Idaho (encore)

Quagga and Zebra Mussels, foreign aquatic species, have overtaken lakes and rivers, imperiling native species and overwhelming everything from hydropower intakes, agriculture pipelines, boats and shorelines, devastating Eastern US waters. Just last year, Montana discovered mussel larvae in their lakes, and Montana’s Governor declared a natural disaster. On this episode of Elemental Idaho (first recorded in … Continue reading

11/15/17 – University of Idaho’s Experimental Forest (encore)

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. In this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’ll hear about how the College of Natural Resources and this amenity help … Continue reading

11/8/17 – Local Food Systems (encore)

In this episode we look 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 guides us through some of the more complex elements that make up a sustainable food system from farm to fork and back … Continue reading

11/1/17 – The Treasure Valley Canopy Network

Some of the Treasure Valley’s most valued resources: clean water, clean air and vibrant economies are greatly influenced by our urban forest. Learn how with our guest, Lance Davisson, on this episode of Elemental Idaho.

10/25/17 – A Brief History of the Boise River

Continuing with our series on the Boise River, we spoke with John Heimer, one of the premier local experts on the River. On this episode we discussed the history of this treasured, local resource and how it wasn’t always so treasured, and how development, plant species, water use, and recreation affect the River and what … Continue reading

10/18/17 – The Ecology of the Boise River Watershed (encore)

On this program, rebroadcast from 2013, I talked with ecologist Dr. Eric Yensen, an instructor of ecology, evolution, conservation biology, mammalogy, and natural history, about the interaction between species that populate the Boise River watershed area and beyond and how the ecosystem functions. Why do we care about aspens? What good is a ground squirrel? … Continue reading

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

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