Environment

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Zebra mussels have been a major problem in Midwestern and Great Lakes waterways for more than three decades when the invasive species was brought over by ships from the Black Sea in eastern Europe. Officials say the mussels were first found in South Dakota in 2014 and have recently spread to new areas.

Mike Greiner is the aquatic invasive species coordinator for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

Greiner says zebra mussels spread in the summer months when waters are regularly above 50 degrees.

News: Aug 3 - 9

Aug 9, 2019
Josh Haiar

This week we had Jon Hunter with the Madison Daily Leader and Jon Schaff, Political Science professor at NSU as our Politcal Junkies; we discussed the Pentagon launching surveillance balloons over South Dakota and the American Civil Liberties Union’s concerns over privacy, and the Jon Hunter’s report shinning a light on South Dakota’s need for more mental health professionals. We hear from folks at the new addiction treatment center, Project Recovery, and what they’re seeing regarding addiction in South Dakota.

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... April 3, 2019 Show 548 Hour 2

Petrika Peters is an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University. She joins us today from the Sue W. White studio on the campus of Black Hills State University to talk about her lecture tomorrow at 4 p.m. The lecture is going to be held in Jonas 110 and is open to the public.

David O'Hara

Mar 12, 2019
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... March 12, 2019 Show 533 Hour 1

It's only natural to want to preserve the things we care about ... from the infinitesimal to the expansive. That's at the core of sustainability, and it impacts not only our personal lives, but our planet.

David O'Hara is director of sustainability at Augustana University. He joins us now for a look at a new program with ambitions both sweeping and delicate.

  Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well.

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Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power came out in January 2017, but it was all but impossible to find a showing in South Dakota. An online search shows only the Sierra Club sponsored a screening in Vermillion in September that year.

Gore's first documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, made a much bigger splash. It won an Academy Award for Best Documentary and was part of a body of work that earned Gore, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Nobel Peace Prize.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Apr 18, 2018
Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 2 

When we look at the future of the Black Hills, how can we balance economic development and environmental integrity?

"Where Do We Go From Here?" host Chuck Parkinson and Rick Bell preview today's program at SDPB's Black Hills studio in Rapid City.

Today's topic: "Black Hills Resources: Addressing Economic Viability and Environmental Integrity"
 

Michael O'Hara / michaelohara.me

In The Moment ... February 7, 2018 Show 272 Hour 2

Augustana University Associate Professor David O'Hara, PhD., recently returned from teaching a Tropical Ecology interim course for Augie students. The group traveled to Guatamala for lessons in ecology, language, and philosophy.

Lori Walsh

Scott Freeman is a biology professor at the University of Washington, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He's recognized as a world authority on undergraduate biology education.

His new book is not a textbook, however. It's a look at the realities of rehabilitating a degraded fish run in what was once and old-growth watershed. It's also a look at how humans use resources over time . . . and what our history means for our future.

The book is called "Saving Tarboo Creek."

In The Moment ... November 17, 2017 Show 223 Hour 1

The Keystone Pipeline has leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in Marshall County. Aberdeen American News Reporter Shannon Marvel is following the story. She joins us to discuss ongoing coverage of the story by the Aberdeen American News. Follow Shannon Marvel on Twitter: @smarvel_AAN or find her at https://www.aberdeennews.com/

sdstate.edu

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 1

The quality of our water matters. For our health, for our environment, for our recreation, for our economy. The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference offers an opportunity for those who care to come together and work on an action plan. Today we welcome David Kringen to the program. He's a water resources field specialist for SDSU Extension.

pbs.org

In The Moment ... October 10, 2017 Show 195 Hour 2

This week the Trump administration continues to roll back environmental protection policy. We talk with filmmaker James Jacoby about FRONTLINE: War on the EPA. It’s a look at how Scott Pruitt went from fighting the EPA to running the agency and what happens next in American environmental policy.

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In The Moment ... September 5, 2017 Show 170 Hour 1

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 22, 2017 Show 161 Hour 1

Mike Diedrich is VP Governmental Affairs from Regional Health. He joins us to discuss the future of healthcare in South Dakota, implications of the Affordable Care Act, and more.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 8, 2017 Show 151 Hour 1

Where should we put the state's only law school? Declining applicants, smaller classes, and concerns about life after law school are just a few reasons the University of South Dakota is taking the relocation of the Law School into consideration. While the proposed move would land the school just an hour north of Vermillion in Sioux Falls, the question resulted in a five-hour task force panel that ended in plans for the next meeting. SDPB's Jackie Hendry covered the proceedings, and she's here with highlights.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 31, 2017 Show 104 Hour 1

A new book challenges our assumptions about people and nature. It's an anthology of eleven essays, edited by Anthony J. Amato, Associate Professor of Social Science at Southwest Minnesota State University. The book is called "Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives." Anthony Amato joins us to talk about the book, the new face of conservation, and what’s at stake in the Northern Plains regarding conservation.

In The Moment ... May 30, 2017 Show 103 Hour 1

SDPB contributor Hugh Weber joins us with another helping of The Potluck Society. Today we meet inventor and robot builder Allie Weber.

SDPB

In the Moment ... May 17, 2017 Show 095 Hour 1

Jonathan Ellis and Denise Ross tackle the top political stories of the week. Today we talk the political impact of low sales tax revenues and more.

Walter Brooks is a member of the Board of Directors for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and Visitor’s Center in North Omaha. He visits Vermillion this week for the cultural series at the historic AME Allen Chapel. We talk about the compelling history of one of the nation’s complex civil rights activists.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 12, 2017 Show 092 Hour 1

Today for Moment in Sound, we welcome Harland Allen and Kim Bachman otherwise known as Aces and Eights. They kick off the "Black Hills Opry" classic country theater at the Homestake Opera House this  month in Lead.

cmczoo.com

In The Moment ... April 18, 2017 Show 074 Hour 2

Meghann Jarchow is coordinator for the Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota. Earth Day events across the nation bring awareness and action to today’s environmental challenges as well as highlighting solutions. Jarchow joins us to preview community Earth Day efforts in Vermillion.

Defenders Of The Black Hills Disbands

Dec 13, 2016
CREDIT COURTESY JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD

A non-profit environmental group founded with the intent of protecting the Black Hills and surrounding areas from development and encroachment is disbanding.

The Defenders of the Black Hills was founded to “preserve, protect and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty Territories. Treaties made between the United States and The Great Sioux Nation.”

 

Courtesy National Park Service

If you’re looking for someplace to go on Black Friday to get away from the noise and bustle of early Christmas shoppers…your answer may lie in the Black Hills. We report on  two area parks are inviting folks to “Opt for going Outdoors” for some peace…and quiet…and fresh air.

According to the Recreational Equipment, Inc. website about 3 million people are choosing to “Opt Outside” on Black Friday instead of hitting the local mall.

Nelson Keeps PUC Seat

Nov 9, 2016
Melissa Hamersma / SDPB

Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson keeps his seat in office following the election.
 
Nelson beat Oglala Lakota entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud who campaigned on an expansion of alternative energy including more wind and solar in South Dakota.  
 
Nelson says he is humbled and honored to spend another term on the PUC.
 

Wind Cave Ceremony Honors American Bison

Nov 4, 2016
Courtesy National Park Service

Wind Cave National Park celebrated the designation of the bison as our country’s National Mammal this week.  Participants heard about the history of the animal within Native American cultures and the role it continues to play in the 21st century.

It’s a beautiful Fall afternoon as dozens of visitors gather at Wind Cave National Park for a ceremony to honor the American bison.

Lee Strubinger

Bruce Ellison is Rapid City Attorney who has worked in Indian Country for decades.  Today is taking part in the legal defense for those resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing of the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Reservation. Ellison joins Dakota Midday to talk about the changing nature of the protests and why he wants the pipeline stopped.  

Dakota Midday: New Black Hills Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every

Sep 29, 2016
Black Hills National Forest

The Black Hills National Forest has a new supervisor.  

Mark Van Every oversees everything on Forest Service land in the Black Hills from the effort to fight forest fires and pine beetles to efforts to ensure public access and protect public resources.

Van Every took the helm in the new position this summer.    He’s now had some time to settle into the job, and he sat down in the Rapid City studio with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray.  Click play below to hear the interview.

National Public Lands Day Across S.D. Region

Sep 23, 2016
Courtesy National Park Service

Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day. It’s the time of year when visitors are encouraged to take part in volunteer conservation or enjoy a variety of outdoor activities on their favorite public lands.  We checked in with National Park Service locations across the region to see what each has planned for the special day.

Joshua Dutt

Anne Lewis from the South Dakota Discovery Center and Jessica Taylor with NASA's Langley Research Center discuss a new citizen science app that allows people to contribute their observations to an international database utilized by both NASA scientists and students around the world. You simply take pictures of clouds which are geo-located. The app offers information on satellite flyovers to allow for synchronization of flyover and ground observations.

Part Of Spearfish Canyon Closer To Becoming State Park

Jul 18, 2016
SDPB

South Dakota’s congressional delegation is backing legislation to create a state park in the center of Spearfish Canyon.  The proposed park includes federal and non-federal land near Roughlock Falls and the town of Savoy.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota

The Leopold Conservation Award is given each year to a private landowner dedicated to ethical land practices. Cronin Farms won the South Dakota award this year. A farm tour demonstrated what the operation is doing to improve the environment.

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

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