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Lands, Gas, Gold and Wolves...Oh My!

Lands, Gas, Gold and Wolves...Oh My!

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."

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Idaho DEQ Offers Free Nitrate Testing

Idaho DEQ Offers Free Nitrate Testing

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is providing free nitrate testing for owners of private groundwater wells.

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Supreme Court Puts Hold on Clean Power Plan

Supreme Court Puts Hold on Clean Power Plan

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.

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Public Lands a Public Nuisance?

Public Lands a Public Nuisance?

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.

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Banning Bag Bans

Banning Bag Bans

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.

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Landmark Court Ruling to Impact Superfund Cleanups Nationwide

Landmark Court Ruling to Impact Superfund Cleanups Nationwide

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.

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Meet ICL 2016 Artist in Residence Josh Udesen

Meet ICL 2016 Artist in Residence Josh Udesen

ICL 2016 Artist in Residence Josh Udesen introduces himself and explains his vision for the year-long residency.

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Barber Dam and the Boise River: A Year Later

Barber Dam and the Boise River: A Year Later

A year ago the Boise River stopped flowing through town overnight. Here's a year-in-review of what we've learned since.

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How Should We Pay for Non-Motorized Trails?

How Should We Pay for Non-Motorized Trails?

Non-motorized trails are underfunded in Idaho. How should we pay for them?

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Court Orders EPA to Finalize Rules so Polluters Pay for Own Toxic Messes

Court Orders EPA to Finalize Rules so Polluters Pay for Own Toxic Messes

After decades of delay, “financial assurance” regs will prevent polluters from leaving staggering cleanup cost to the public.

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Idaho: A Poacher’s Paradise?

Idaho: A Poacher’s Paradise?

While the Idaho Legislature continues to focus primarily on administrative rules this week, there is both good and bad news for poachers.

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A Surprising Public Lands Champion

A Surprising Public Lands Champion

You'll never guess who Pat Ford is talking about.

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Anyone Can See Pollution Reports from Major Facilities

Anyone Can See Pollution Reports from Major Facilities

The EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program allows citizens to view pollution reports from major industrial facilities throughout the nation.

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Civics and Public Lands

Civics and Public Lands

"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.

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2016 Idaho Legislature: And the Rules Roll On...

2016 Idaho Legislature: And the Rules Roll On...

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!

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Keeping Carbon in the Ground

Keeping Carbon in the Ground

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?

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Idaho Legislature on Climate Change—Believe It or Not?

Idaho Legislature on Climate Change—Believe It or Not?

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.

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Exploration Mining Proceeds, Open Pit Plan Still Problematic

Exploration Mining Proceeds, Open Pit Plan Still Problematic

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.

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When It's Time to Stop Digging

When It's Time to Stop Digging

Idaho faces the cleanup of 5,000 abandoned mines. Article by Jessica Murri of the Boise Weekly.

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The Voice of Malheur

The Voice of Malheur

A statement from the staff of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was posted on Facebook today. Here it is.

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