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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 279 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

5/10/17 – Water and Climate Change in Southern Idaho

Water is profoundly important to Southern Idaho’s economy and way of life. Climate change is altering temperatures and circulation patterns in the atmosphere, changing both how much precipitation is falling and whether it falls as snow or rain. Most of the effects can be summarized as more severe drought, more flooding, and altered timing. Dr. … Continue reading

4/12/17 –  Wildfires in Idaho and the Northwest

 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, UI Professor John Abatzoglou, worked with counterparts from the University of Colorado-Boulder and … Continue reading

4/5/17 – Legislative Recap

Idaho Conservation League’s Jonathan Oppenheimer and government affairs and environmental expert Nate Fisher come together on this program to review the 2017 Idaho Legislative session.

3/29/17 – Birds in Idaho (encore)

Idaho bird expert Terry Rich is on hand in today’s program to talk about the make up and status of our resident bird populations: about how bird populations are assessed and prioritized for conservation action and efforts, what species are moving into and out of our state at different times and a possible shift in overall migration patterns … Continue reading

3/22/17 – The IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Program (encore)

The IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Program of the University of Idaho Extension is the focus of today’s program, rebroadcast from last spring, with program director Jim Ekins. Workshops are open to any individual or group with an interest in water quality and monitoring. On this program, we’ll talk about an interactive map of the stream study … Continue reading

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

3/8/17 – Invasives in Idaho

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. Recently, Montana has discovered mussel larvae in their lakes, and Montana’s Governor has declared a natural disaster. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, our guests, Representatives … 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

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