Environment

Environment
2:31 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Algae In Rapid Creek Warrants Study

Dr. Lisa Kunza of SDSM&T removes a sample of “didymo” algae from Rapid Creek below Pactola Dam
Credit Charles Michael Ray, SDPB

Anyone spending time along Rapid Creek may have noticed what looks like clumped up toilet paper in the water. It is, in fact, natural algae called didymo. Dr. Lisa Kunza, an assistant professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is studying the algae. She met with SDPB's Charles Michael Ray to discuss the impact the increase in didymo may be having on the Rapid Creek ecosystem.

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Environment
10:05 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Canton Battles Flooding; Cleanup Begins

Floodwater tipped this chest freezer in Art & Racine Kimball's basement in Canton.
Kealey Bultena SDPB

Southeastern South Dakota communities are cleaning up after severe thunderstorms dumped rain and hail across the region. Some places received more than eight inches of rain in just one day, and that’s leaving homeowners in Canton and nearby towns with serious damage. In this story, visit one of the hardest hit areas as residents try to dry out.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Julie Hoffman Talks Gardening

Dollar spot on a lawn.
Credit Lawn Care Academy

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined guest host Joe Tlustos for Dakota Midday's bi-weekly gardening/planting conversation.  Hoffman said this week's temperatures make it a good time to plant items like peas and lettuce.  She also discussed dollar spot, how to get rid of it, and the large amounts of precipitation that parts of South Dakota received since Friday.

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Environment
1:39 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Additions To Whitney Preserve

Bev's Bunkhouse on Whitney Preserve.

The public is invited to an open house Saturday from 1:00-10:00 p.m. at The Nature Conservancy's Whitney Preserve.  The Conservancy is celebrating the preserve's 15th anniversary as well as the grand opening of Bev's Bunkhouse, a new multi-purpose facility that will be made available free of charge to students, researchers, conservationists and nature-inspired groups.  Corissa Krueger, program coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, visited about Whitney Preserve and Saturday's open house.

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Heavy Runoff Overwhelms WHARF Pollution Control

High runoff in the Northern Black Hills is causing difficulty for mitigating potential pollution that can come from strip mine drainage.
Credit Amy Varland

WHARF Resources is making an emergency discharge of water out of a containment pond at its surface gold mine in the Northern Black Hills this week.  The lined holding pond catches potentially polluted water that is normally treated before release into the Spearfish Creek watershed.   The extra heavy snow pack this year means high levels of runoff are overwhelming the mine’s containment system.   

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Environment
2:48 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Rick Abrahamson On Planting/Gardening

Rick Abrahamson, instructor of horticulture at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday for our semi-regular segment on gardening/planting/horticulture.  He discussed growing and soil temperatures and how to fight dandelions and crabgrass among other issues.

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Environment - Badlands - Bison
10:46 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Public Bison Management Meetings Will Take Place

A series of public meetings on bison management in Badlands National Park's South Unit that were canceled will be held at some point in the future.
Credit Courtesy Badlands National Park

A series of public meetings scheduled to discuss bison management on the South Unit of Badlands National Park that were canceled by the park superintendent are not completely off the agenda.

Eric Brunnemann called off the meetings after getting feedback from Bureau of Indian Affairs and Oglala Sioux tribal officials that tribal members were confusing the topic of bison management with the topic of national park designation.

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Environment - Badlands - Bison
10:31 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Managing Bison In The Badlands South Unit

The Oglala Sioux Tribe's;proposed reintroduction of bison to Badlands National Park's South Unit is causing concern among many .
Credit Courtesy Badlands National Park

Transfer of Badlands National Park’s South Unit management to the Oglala Sioux Tribe has been an ongoing process since 2006. Plans for a series of public meetings on bison management in that area, and the sudden cancelation of those meetings, has raised red flags among tribal members as well as the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. Their joint concerns center on the intentions of the National Park Service and the Oglala Sioux tribe toward landowners and those who lease land near the South Unit.

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Environment - Wind Cave - Burn
3:42 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Wind Cave Prescribed Burn Postponed

Plans to burn 2,199 acres at Wind Cave National Park this spring have been postponed.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

The nearly 22-hundred acre prescribed burn planned for this spring in the southwestern corner of Wind Cave National Park has been postponed.

Park spokesperson Tom Farrell says the window of opportunity for proper burn conditions was lost.

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Environment - Badlands - Bison
3:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Bison Management Meetings Cancelled Due To Confusion

Recent public meetings scheduled to discuss management of bison in the South Unit of Badlands National Park were cancelled due to what's been described as confusion perceived on the part of Oglala Sioux tribal members.
Credit Courtesy Badlands National Park

A series of meetings scheduled to discuss bison management on the South Unit of Badlands National Park were recently cancelled without prior notice to the public. The sudden decision by the National Park Service to move from public discussions of the topic to written and electronic comments has caused concern among Native and non-Native ranchers alike. 

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Environment
2:30 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gardening Tips With Norm Evers

Norm Evers, Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University and the former manager of McCrory Gardens in Brookings, joined the program for Dakota Midday's biweekly segment on planting/gardening. Evers is the owner of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora.

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Environment
2:26 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Cedar Tree Invasion In South Dakota

SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist Peter Bauman

Cedar tree invasion into South Dakota's rangelands presents challenges and can change the landscape in a negative way and best management practices are not always clear. Not only is control difficult but South Dakota State University Extension Range Field Specialist Peter Bauman adds that the cedar tree has a long history of positive uses in shelterbelts and wildlife plantings. This winter, during the Society for Range Management annual meeting, a symposium was held on cedar control in the Great Plains.

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Environment
2:17 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Wildfire Awareness Week

May 3-10 is Wildfire Awareness Week to raise public awareness of wildfires and promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfires to homes and communities. In the outlook through the end of June, the forecast is for average to below average large fire potential with fire potential the highest over south central and southeastern South Dakota. Darren Clabo, state fire meteorologist, discussed the current fire weather conditions and the potential for the coming months.

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Environment - Wind Cave - Burn
4:34 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Large Burn Planned For Wind Cave HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Area of Wind Cave National Park designated for prescribed burn on May 4, 2014.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park personnel are planning to conduct a prescribed burn this Sunday.

The area set to be torched is substantial – but safety precautions are in place and extra firefighters have been called in to assist with keeping the flames under control.

Wind Cave National Park encompasses about 33,000 acres just north of the small Black Hills town of Hot Springs.

Assisted by 50 firefighters from as far away as Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Wind Cave personnel will torch 2,199 acres in what’s being designated as the Cold Brook Prescribed Fire.

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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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