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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 239 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

7/13/16 – All About Bees

Today on our program, we’ll learn all about honeybees in this encore airing of our interview with local beekeeper and expert, Steve Sweet who spills his guts about beekeeping, threats and challenges, bee behavior, and trends in honeybee populations. This program originally aired last year. You can listen to that broadcast here.

7/6/16 – Boise River Songbirds

This month, staff and volunteers with the Intermountain Bird Observatory at BSU are conducting Boise River Songbird Banding. This is the second year of research at the IBO Boise River station, an “outdoor laboratory” where students conduct investigations of habitat and vegetation, water quality, insects, or bird life. Heidi Ware, Education and Outreach Director of the observatory, joins us to … Continue reading

6/29/16 – Mercury in the Hells Canyon Complex

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

6/22/16 – Our Changing Climate (encore episode)

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

6/15/16 – Idaho’s Timber Protective Associations (encore episode)

The Idaho Department of Lands receives assistance from two timber protective associations in Idaho to suppress fire and protect against fire hazards on more than 6 million acres of state and private forests and rangelands. On this encore episode of Elemental Idaho, Len Young, the Chief Fire Warden of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association talks … Continue reading

6/8/16 – Solarize the Valley

Ken Miller, Snake River Alliance’s Clean Energy Program Director, joined us for this episode to talk about a unique program that aims to accelerate the installation of solar in the Treasure Valley. .    

6/1/16 – The History of Arrowrock (encore)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, US Bureau of Reclamation History Kelsey Doncaster talks about the history of the 100 year-old Arrowrock Dam, which, at the time of its construction, was the tallest man made structure on the planet, and considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World. This was an encore … Continue reading

5/25/16 – The Economics of Storm Water Management (encore episode)

This episode featured Liz Paul of Idaho Rivers United and Evan Hjerpe from the Conservation Economics Institute talking about storm water management in the Boise urban area and a recent economic study comparing the costs and benefits of green infrastructure with traditional grey infrastructure. This was an encore broadcast of Elemental Idaho. You can hear the … Continue reading

5/11/16 – Preparing for Wildfire Season

On Monday, May 16th, 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. Ivy Dickinson from Idaho Firewise and BLM’s Jennifer Myslivy tell us … Continue reading

5/4/16 – Esther Simplot Park – Innovative Storm Water Management and Flood Protection

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Boise City Engineer John Tensen and Superintendent of Parks, Tom Governale, will present on 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.

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