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This was the busiest week of the Idaho Legislature so far. Several troubling bills were introduced dealing with public lands, suction dredge mining, oil and gas drilling, and wildlife. And the Tie of the Week is a nod to Idaho voters who overwhelmingly established that "clean water in the streams of Idaho is in the public interest."
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is providing free nitrate testing for owners of private groundwater wells.
Yesterday the Supreme Court granted the coal industry’s desire to halt development of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. While Kentucky may be excited, this decision could harm Idaho. What we need is a plan to make a sensible, predictable transition to our clean energy future. The longer we import dirty, out-of-state coal, the more damage we do to our air and economy.
Idahoans have demonstrated public lands are critical to their quality of life. Time and again, they've stood up to Idaho politicians who have made a grab to control and sell off our most treasured landscapes. Far from being a nuisance, public lands in Idaho are an asset.
The Legislature is full of surprises. This year, the House was the first to "let one out of the bag"; the bill to "ban bag bans" cleared the House and is headed to a Senate committee.
The Jan. 29 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia protects taxpayers, the environment and human health nationwide. The Idaho Conservation League was the lead named petitioner that brought this matter before the Court. Earthjustice was the legal counsel for ICL and our partners.
ICL 2016 Artist in Residence Josh Udesen introduces himself and explains his vision for the year-long residency.
A year ago the Boise River stopped flowing through town overnight. Here's a year-in-review of what we've learned since.
Non-motorized trails are underfunded in Idaho. How should we pay for them?
After decades of delay, “financial assurance” regs will prevent polluters from leaving staggering cleanup cost to the public.
While the Idaho Legislature continues to focus primarily on administrative rules this week, there is both good and bad news for poachers.
You'll never guess who Pat Ford is talking about.
The EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program allows citizens to view pollution reports from major industrial facilities throughout the nation.
"Public lands" refers to the land and water; it also means the civic compact created by ongoing public and democratic discourse. Pat Ford hopes the inevitable tension among users will itself assure that public lands remain safeguarded as public and a horn of plenty for their many users.
The 2016 Idaho Legislature continues to evaluate rules proposed by state agencies—for at least another week—although a handful of bills have been introduced. Sign up to receive YVC today!
With record-setting global temperatures changing our climate we must cut carbon pollution. Thankfully, new polices and changing markets can take us in the right direction. Where will Idaho go?
While some in the Idaho Legislature continue to deny the changing of the climate, the governor's budget proposes increased funding to deal with one of the symptoms of climate change. Last week, the legislative budget committee endorsed that proposal.
As exploration mining proceeds on the East Fork South Fork of the Salmon River, plans for an open-pit mine to be dug in the riverbed remain troubling.
Idaho faces the cleanup of 5,000 abandoned mines. Article by Jessica Murri of the Boise Weekly.
A statement from the staff of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was posted on Facebook today. Here it is.