Environment http://boisestatepublicradio.org en A Landslide Buried Boise In Mud 55 Years Ago, Scientists Say It Could Happen Again http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/landslide-buried-boise-mud-55-years-ago-scientists-say-it-could-happen-again <p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:27:46 +0000 Adam Cotterell 43866 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Landslide Buried Boise In Mud 55 Years Ago, Scientists Say It Could Happen Again History And Relevance Of Earth Day With Author Adam Rome http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/history-and-relevance-earth-day-author-adam-rome <p>Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, and celebrations are planned across our nation and around the world<strong>,</strong> including here at Boise State. Forty-four years after it was first launched, this annual event continues to evolve, attract new participants and raise awareness about environmental issues. What many may not realize is that Earth Day also played a major role in the birth of the modern environmental movement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 43654 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org History And Relevance Of Earth Day With Author Adam Rome 4.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Central Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/49-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-central-idaho <p>A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.</p><p>USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was "kind of an unusual occurrence" being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. But he said even minor damage is unlikely because of the remote location. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:12 +0000 Associated Press 43462 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Water Supply Rebounds Across Most of Northwest After March Storms http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/water-supply-rebounds-across-most-northwest-after-march-storms <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/041014TB_Water_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest according to the <a href="http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/ws/">latest regional water supply forecast</a>.<p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Tom Banse 43300 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Water Supply Rebounds Across Most of Northwest After March Storms 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Challis, Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/41-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-challis-idaho <p></p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.1 earthquake has been recorded three miles underground near Challis, Idaho.</p><p>USGS monitors <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pe6v#summary">recorded the quake</a> at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_412424341" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">6:21</span></span> a.m. Thursday. It occurred nine miles north-northwest of the town.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:33:23 +0000 Scott Graf 43257 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Challis, Idaho Banner Summer On Tap For Ocean Salmon Fishing http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/banner-summer-tap-ocean-salmon-fishing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/040914TB_Salmon_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A federal fisheries management panel has approved what some charter captains are calling the best ocean fishing season in 20 years.<p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:23:00 +0000 Tom Banse 43236 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Banner Summer On Tap For Ocean Salmon Fishing Two Idaho Rivers Make Most Endangered In America List http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/two-idaho-rivers-make-most-endangered-america-list <p></p><p>Idaho's Clearwater and Lochsa rivers have made it on a list of <a href="http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/press-releases/middle-fork-clearwater-and-lochsa-rivers-among-americas-most-endangered-rivers-of-2014/" target="_blank">top 10 most endangered rivers in America</a>. The list is put out every year by American Rivers, an advocacy group that works to protect and restore rivers in the U.S.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:09:06 +0000 Samantha Wright 43201 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Two Idaho Rivers Make Most Endangered In America List Lawsuit Planned To Stop Incidental Trapping Of Lynx In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-planned-stop-incidental-trapping-lynx-idaho <p></p><p>Three environmental groups plan to file a federal lawsuit if Idaho doesn't address incidental trapping of federally protected Canada lynx.</p><p>The groups sent a letter Monday to Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter as well as Idaho Department of Fish Game officials. The state has 60 days to respond.</p><p>Western Watersheds Project, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Clearwater contend that Idaho is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing recreational trapping for bobcats that has led to the capture of three lynx in the last two years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:33:16 +0000 Associated Press 43133 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lawsuit Planned To Stop Incidental Trapping Of Lynx In Idaho Tracking Dog Poop, A Sticky Problem In the Boise Foothills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tracking-dog-poop-sticky-problem-boise-foothills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've hiked around Boise's foothills, you've likely come across a pile or two of dog poop. In February, there were 104 piles of waste at the Table Rock trailhead. Data show (yes, it's being tracked) those piles fluctuate from year to year, but the problem persists.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 42811 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tracking Dog Poop, A Sticky Problem In the Boise Foothills Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-river-flow-increases-sixfold-water-managers-maintain-current-level <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those managing water flow in the Boise River Basin say they plan to keep the river at its current level for the foreseeable future.</span></p><p>The river is been flowing at roughly 1,800 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Street bridge in Boise.&nbsp; The flow last week was around 300 cfs and then increased steadily over the weekend.</p><p>Snake River Area Office Water Operations Manager Brian Sauer says the outflow at Lucky Peak reached 1,800 cfs for the first time this season at 8 a.m. Monday. &nbsp;Flood level is 7,000 cfs.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:05:33 +0000 Scott Graf 42727 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level Got Space? Montana Needs A Home For 135 Bison http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/got-space-montana-needs-home-135-bison <p></p><p>Montana wildlife officials say they are seeking proposals to take up to 135 disease-free bison being held under an experimental effort to establish new populations of the animals.</p><p>The small herd in the U.S. Department of Agriculture program is made up of animals captured from Yellowstone National Park and their descendants.</p><p>The bison have been held for the past several years on behalf of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks at a Bozeman-area ranch owned by philanthropist Ted Turner.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:44:08 +0000 Associated Press 42723 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Got Space? Montana Needs A Home For 135 Bison Dogs Most Effective Search Tool As Landslide Death Toll Mounts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/dogs-most-effective-search-tool-landslide-death-toll-mounts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032614TB_SlideDogs_webin.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The official death toll from Saturday’s massive landslide near </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Washington rose from 14 to 16 Tuesday night.</span><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Tom Banse 42385 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Dogs Most Effective Search Tool As Landslide Death Toll Mounts Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-sage-grouse-habitat-slow-rebound-after-fire <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032414JR_SageGrouse_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A <a href="http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/ES13-00278.1">new study</a> suggests creating livable habitat for the dwindling sage grouse may be trickier than originally thought.<p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 42302 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire With Idaho Wolves On The Decline, Environmental Groups To Ask For Federal Protection http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-wolves-decline-environmental-groups-ask-federal-protection <p></p><p>Idaho's wolf population is on the decline, heading toward 10 breeding pairs, or 150 wolves.</p><p>That's the goal set in the 2002 wolf management plan that will remain the state's official policy unless it is changed by the Legislature.</p><p>The Idaho Statesman reports that last week's legislation to establish an Idaho Wolf Control Board, along with efforts to expand and increase wolf hunting and trapping, has galvanized some national conservation groups.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:41:07 +0000 Associated Press 42254 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org With Idaho Wolves On The Decline, Environmental Groups To Ask For Federal Protection The Number Of Idaho Fur Trappers Doubles As Pelt Prices Soar http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/number-idaho-fur-trappers-doubles-pelt-prices-soar <p></p><p>Just four years ago, bobcat fur sold for about $200. Now, that same bobcat pelt can be sold for almost $2,000. Higher prices come from a rise in demand for fur in Asia, and it has led to more trappers in the field here in Idaho.</p><p>Patrick Carney, president of the Idaho Trappers Association, gets calls almost daily from folks who want advice on how to get into commercial trapping.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Jessica Murri 42146 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Number Of Idaho Fur Trappers Doubles As Pelt Prices Soar Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fish-experts-plan-salmon-water-slide-cracked-wanapum-dam <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032014AK_Wanapum_salmon_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The ongoing issue with the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is now creating a problem for migrating salmon.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Anna King 42091 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tribes-push-restore-salmon-upper-columbia-river <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031814TB_GrandCoulee_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Once upon a time, salmon and steelhead swam over a thousand miles upriver to the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, at the foot of the Rockies in British Columbia.<p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:56:00 +0000 Tom Banse 41976 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River Idaho Should Have 'Normal' Wildfire Season Thanks To Recent Storms http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-should-have-normal-wildfire-season-thanks-recent-storms <p>It's still at least three months away, but it looks as though Idaho’s wildfire season should be fairly normal in 2014. Ed Delgado manages predictive services at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.</p><p>“We’ve <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/latest-snowpack-map-shows-continued-improvement-idahos-water-supply">got good snowpack right now</a> and assuming it melts off fairly regularly over the next couple of months, that’s going to be good for the soils especially in the mountain areas,” Delgado says. “So that’s going to kind of prolong the wet period.”</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:56:14 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41875 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Should Have 'Normal' Wildfire Season Thanks To Recent Storms How One Snowstorm Can Change Idaho's Seasonal Water Outlook http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-one-snowstorm-can-change-idahos-seasonal-water-outlook <p></p><p>Randy Julander measures snowpack for the U.S. government’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. It’s his job to tell water users what they can expect to see flowing down their streams and irrigation canals come spring.</p><p>When Julander answered my recent phone call, he was way up in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. He was having some mixed feelings.</p><p>"Gosh, it’s clear skies and the sun is hotter than a two-dollar pistol. I’m sitting here at 8,500 feet and in shirt sleeves," Julander said.</p><p>"Does that seem like a good sign?" I asked.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:57:51 +0000 Julie Rose 41576 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How One Snowstorm Can Change Idaho's Seasonal Water Outlook Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/incredible-post-avalanche-photo-shows-what-it-will-take-clear-idahos-highway-21 <p></p><p>Underneath all that snow, ice, and tree debris is Idaho's Highway 21. Somewhere. This dramatic image from the Idaho Department of Transportation shows just how much work is ahead for road crews in clearing off a 12-mile section of the scenic road south of Stanley. That orange dot near the middle of the image is an ITD crew member.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:15:11 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 41591 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21