Environment

Environment
1:53 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Author Frances Moore Lappe Speaks At USD

Author Frances Moore Lappe says that Living Democracy is an enlivening culture in which the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability show up in a wide range of human relationships.  She's speaking at 7:00 p.m.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gardening Answers With Julie Hoffman

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined the program to answer listeners' horticultural questions.

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Environment
10:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

166 Polluted Rivers, Lakes, And Streams In SD

Water quality monitoring on Spring Creek in the Black Hills.

A report submitted by state officials to the EPA cites 166 lakes and streams in South Dakota as polluted or impaired.   The bodies of water fail to meet government standards for clean water.

Most of the polluted waters in South Dakota are due to non-point sources such as livestock waste.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story on the work to deal with the causes of this contamination and a new citizen volunteer effort to monitor water quality in South Dakota. 

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Environment
1:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Training Complex Expansion

The Department of Defense wants to increase the airspace it uses to train its B1 bombers and other aircraft.  The proposed expansion quadruples the training airspace the military currently uses, covering a huge swath over parts of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Air Force officials say expanding the training airspace for military aircraft makes practice missions more like the real world.  But farmers like Anita Lee in Meade County are urging the federal government not to approve the expansion project.  Pilot and South Dakota aviation historian Norma Kramer also expressed h

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Environment
1:41 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Gardening Tips With Norm Evers

After a weekend with highs in the 50s and 60s, heavy snow is now closing schools and offices in several western counties and making travel difficult. There could be a couple of inches of lighter snow in the eastern part of the state. Cooler conditions are expected for the rest of the week. But even if it's snowy and windy today, gardening season is right around the corner with the first day of April tomorrow.

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Environment
1:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Talk About Hydraulic Fracturing In Brookings

Dr. Patty Limerick

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas and oil out of shale rock in the ground. It's been in development for a few decades, but only recently has become technologically feasible. Fracking fueled the oil boom in North Dakota and has boosted U.S. oil output to a twenty-five year high and pushed the country closer to energy independence. But fracking has also created fears and worries over water contamination and environmental destruction.

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Environment
12:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Gov Urges Wind Tax Credit Extensions

South Dakota’s governor and three other leaders want Congress to extend tax credits for wind energy. The leaders say their states rely on the jobs and the resource the wind industry creates. Advocates want solutions for the long-term.

Members of Congress are working to reform the nation’s tax code, and that has some wind energy tax credits at risk. That’s why leaders in South Dakota, Iowa, Oregon, and Washington sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to keep wind energy incentives.

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Environment
5:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Public Input Sought For Road Improvements

South Dakota transportation officials want input from across the state regarding which highways need attention. The department is creating the latest four-year plan for improvements to state roads. 

The state Department of Transportation is working with local and federal authorities to determine which South Dakota highways should be part of the newest Transportation Improvement Program. The plan’s goal is to preserve, renovate, and enhance the state’s transportation network.

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Environment
2:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Sustainable Tourism

Dr. Kelly Bricker.

Dr. Kelly Bricker, interim chair and associate professor at the University of Utah in the department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, is the keynote speaker at today's 16th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium on the Black Hills State University Campus.  Her talk is titled "Sustainable Tourism - A system for positive change?"

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Environment
1:29 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Colder Temperatures Expected In Summer For SD

Cooler than average temperatures are expected to persist through the remainder of the spring season in South Dakota, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. The most recent update was released March 20, 2014, which includes projections for temperature, precipitation and drought for the spring and early summer. Most of the state will likely have below average temperatures in April, and could linger through May and beyond for the state's northern counties.

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Environment
2:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Mo River Flooding

Some South Dakota landowners are part of a lawsuit claiming the federal government mismanages the Missouri River. Wednesday attorneys filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of more than 200 people who say they’re still paying for the Corps’ decisions.

A lawsuit filed in the U-S Court of Federal Claims says the government is taking private land without compensating owners. Attorney Seth Wright says it’s happening along the Missouri River, because the US Army Corps of Engineers has allowed flooding to destroy hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland.

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Environment - Water - Lakota
1:13 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Lakota Water Restoration Group Goes Global

Mni water restoration group logo
Credit Courtesy Mni

 A grass roots water restoration group on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation has been named as a Global Affiliate of Village Earth. The Colorado-based non-profit helps reconnect communities to resources around the world.

It’s been two years since Candace Ducheneaux began organizing members of the Swiftbird community to start the process of restoring water to their land.

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Environment
4:20 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Creating A New Fish Habitat

Kyle Potter of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has been instrumental in creating a new fish habitat that uses recycled Christmas trees. Last Saturday, GF&P employees and local community members placed more than 60 Christmas trees into cement in a warehouse near the Oahe Dam. In March, the trees will be dropped into the water near Farm Island to create more desirable fish habitat.

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Environment - NRC - Uranium
1:20 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

WHS Founder Vows To Fight Uranium Mining

WHS founder Dayton Hyde is concerned about the possible impacts uranium mining may have on water in the Black Hills
Credit Courtesy Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent report on a request to mine uranium in the Black Hills isn’t going over well with Native Americans and non-Natives alike.  The report concludes there are no environmental concerns, but possible water contamination remains an issue for many.

The NRC’s final supplemental environmental impact statement supports Powertech Corporation to mine uranium.  The report says there are quote - “no environmental impacts that would preclude licensing”.

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Environment
2:59 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Big Sioux River Cleanup

Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' annual week-long river cleanup.  Each year AWARE volunteers collect tons of trash (72% of which has been recycled) from miles of rivers.  This year South Dakota will benefit as they have selected the Big Sioux River from Gitchie Manitou to North Sioux City as its targeted cleanup from July 12-19.  Project AWARE coordinator Lynette Seigley presents an informational meeting Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

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Environment
1:47 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer Inching Closer To SD

Emerald Ash Borer

An insect that could threaten one of South Dakota's most populous tree species moved even closer to the state in the past year. The emerald ash borer was found in Union County in southwestern Iowa last year, as well as in Boulder, Colorado. The emerald ash borer was discovered in Michigan in 2002 and has since spread, killing tens of millions of trees in several states. Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University forestry professor and extension forestry specialist, estimates that ash trees make up almost one-third of all the trees planted in South Dakota communities.

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Environment - Horses - Cold
12:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Wild Horses Stand Together In Cold Weather

Gabby, a rescued mare, munches on hay along with other members of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary herd during the recent frigid weather.
Credit Courtesy Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

As temperatures plunged across South Dakota, ranchers kept an eye on their cattle and pet owners were advised to keep their best friends warm. Near Hot Springs, we checked in at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary to see how the mustang herd faired in the sub-zero cold and snow that hit the area.

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary has been caring for wild mustangs for 25 years. The current herd ranges between five and six hundred horses that run across a 13,000-acre spread of privately-owned land.

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Environment
10:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Sub-Zero Temps Threaten Water Pipes

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Frigid temperatures pose threats not only for people who brave the elements but also for basic infrastructure. A utility manager for Sioux Falls says water main breaks are below average this year, but the extremely low temperatures could create more problems for crews. 

The problem with water main breaks is that no one can predict where they’re going to happen or when the huge water pipes will rupture. Trent Lubbers with the city of Sioux Falls says engineers account for changes in weather, but sometimes mother nature wins.

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Environment
3:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Youth Incarceration

Sarah Bryer, director of the National Juvenile Justice Network and Greg Sattizahn, state court administrator for the Unified Judicial System, discussed youth incarceration.  Law enforcement officials say incarcerating youth that break the law may do more harm than good.  Many states are adopting a new way of thinking when it comes to dealing with young people that break the law. Law enforcement officials now say instead of putting kids behind bars, new alternatives are needed, and a gentler approach may actually get better results.

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Environment - Count - Eagles
12:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Bird Count Shows Drop In Eagles

Birder takes part in 2012 Wind Cave National Park Christmas Bird Count when weather was not cooperative.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park held its 18th annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday. The event is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors while assisting the National Park Service in documenting wintering birdlife throughout the area.

Sixteen birders gathered to participate in the 2013 Christmas Bird Count. Sightings from portions of Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest were also included in the number totals.

Wind Cave National Park biologist Dan Roddy says it was an almost perfect day to be out birding.

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Environment
1:37 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Winter Birds In South Dakota

Junco Hyemalis

The varied landscapes of South Dakota make the state an ideal place for bird watchers. Douglas Chapman, editor of the South Dakota Ornithologists Union, joined the program to discuss what birds thrive in South Dakota during the winter, how to find them and how to attract them to yards and feeders.

  

  

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Environment
2:25 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Pine Beetles And Tourism In The Black Hills

Black Hills Pine Trees Devastated By Pine Beetles

For nearly two decades, the mountain pine beetle has spread across hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest leaving behind millions of dead pine trees. While much has been studied on the ecological impact of the pine beetles, little has been done on the effects the infestation has had on the tourism business – one of the South Dakota’s main industries. Dr.

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Environment
2:22 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Pheasant Count Down From 2012

According to state Game, Fish and Parks surveys, this year’s pheasant brood has dropped 64 percent from 2012.  The numbers are down 76 percent from the 10-year average.  South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk says the brood count in late summer is as low as Game, Fish and Parks has seen in 30 or 40 years.  Governor Dennis Daugaard has convened a pheasant habitat summit Friday in Huron at the Crossroads Hotel and Convention Center to discuss the future of pheasant habitat and hunting in South Dakota.

  

  

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Environment
1:25 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Winter Weather Approaching South Dakota

The temperature and precipitation outlook for December in South Dakota remains somewhat mixed in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration latest seasonal climate outlook released last week.  For South Dakota, this means equal chances of below average or above average temperature for the next month.  SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards says the same probabilities hold for precipitation as well, adding that just to our north there is a higher likelihood of cooler than average temperatures in December.

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Environment
2:09 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

SD Roads Deteriorating

A recent report reveals a segment of South Dakota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and one quarter of the state’s bridges are outdated or showing significant deterioration.  The report indicates that many of the state’s bridges aren’t structurally sound and have serious problems with the bridge deck, supports and other major components.  It also shows that nearly one quarter of South Dakota’s major roads are deteriorating. The classification of poor means the roads have ruts, cracks and potholes bad enough they need to be resurfaced or even reconstructed.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Pine Beetle Infestation In Black Hills

Tom Tidwell

Pine beetles, the federal budget, forest fires and climate were topics at a press conference last week at the Forest Service office in Custer.  Tom Tidwell, the Chief of the United States Forest Service, took part in a meeting during his first trip to the Black Hills.  He made the stop in South Dakota at the request of U.S.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Roundtable Attracts Ag Leaders

Bales wait to be chopped for cattle feed at the Bones' farm near Parker / November 2013
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

From food security and production to biotechnology and food safety, people involved with facets of feeding the world are brainstorming food issues. The discussions centered Tuesday at Ag United’s fifth annual Food Roundtable in Sioux Falls. One element of the agenda encourages farmers to reach out to critics.

South Dakota has fewer farmers than the state used to boast, and those growers have large operations. They harvest massive quantities of corn, soybeans, and other products.

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Environment
12:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

The Cost Of Farming

Carol Schubeck discs a corn field between Centerville and Beresford / November 2013
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

As the winter weather socks South Dakota, farmers are harvesting their remaining crops from the fields. Across the country, more than 40 members of the United States Congress are conferencing on the latest versions of the federal farm bill. It’s a critical piece of legislation for farmers – and west river ranchers, who were devastated by a blizzard one month ago. But the business of producing food hinges on much more than the farm bill.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Julie Hoffman

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joins Dakota Midday for our semi-regular gardening segment and answers listeners' lawn and garden questions.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Two Butterflies In Danger Of Extinction

Dakota Skipper

Two butterflies, the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling, have been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act due to steep population declines, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service has proposed the Dakota skipper as a threatened species. Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper has experienced a dramatic decline in numbers and no longer occurs on half the sites where previously found.

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