Environment

La Plata County Emergency Management

The Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River in early August deposited several different types of toxic metals and other pollutants into the waterway. Pandora's Box host Lyn Patrick talks with Marcie Bidwell, Executive Director of the Mountain Studies Institute, about how the Animas River chemistry was changed after the spill, and what we might expect for water quality in the future.


River Ecology and Our Future In The Southwest

Aug 20, 2015
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Rivers are perhaps the most important of our natural resources, delivering precious water and providing habitat for humans and wildlife alike. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Chris Rasmussen, a river ecologist with Eco Mainstream Consulting, about the delicate ecology of rivers in the Southwest, and how incidents like the recent mine waste spill into the Animas River highlight the need for more protections and long term changes.

Rig To Flip

River filmmakers Rig to Flip are currently researching and filming the Dolores River to tell the complex story of “The River of Sorrows.” In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Ben Saheb, Juliann Poma, and Cody Perry from Rig To Flip about the importance of this film, and how it is being made.

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In March, Montezuma County commissioners donated $1000 of taxpayer dollars to the American Lands Council, a group that advocates and lobbies for the transfer of federal lands to states. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Michal Rosenoer, Southwest Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, about the American Lands Council, who is behind their efforts, and why conservation groups, sportsmen, and veterans oppose their actions.

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In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Bill Dvorak of Dvorak Rafting, Kayaking, and Fishing Expeditions, about the recent designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument along the Arkansas River in central Colorado, and Amber Clark, Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee for the Lower Dolores Plan Working Group, about a proposed National Conservation Area for the Dolores River Canyon.

Mushrooms Boom This Spring

Jun 26, 2015
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The unusually wet spring has made some mushroom foragers very happy. As part of the crowd-sourced journalism project iSeeChange, a listener in Paonia, Colorado posted pictures of her harvest of morels and she wondered if this bumper crop is something we’ll see more and more. KVNF's Jake Ryan found out.

To get involved with the iSeeChange project and post your own climate observations, go to iSeeChange.org.

Climate, Weather, and Wildfire

Jun 24, 2015
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Weather and climate are many times used interchangeably, but are really terms used to explain different phenomena. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for Firewise of Southwest Colorado about the important differences in weather and climate, how they are considered in wildfire forecasts, and the potential for wildfire in the Four Corners area as temperatures begin to soar.

Sam Carter

In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Josh Munson and Jessica Mulvihill-Kuntz, boaters who were involved in a boating accident on June 2nd caused by a cable that was strung across the Dolores River. They describe what happened when the cable forced them off of their raft, resulting in serious injuries to two of their fellow boaters.

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The spring rains have been a welcome change, but how does increased moisture here in the Four Corners area relate to bigger weather patterns like El Niño? KSJD's Jeff Pope asked a question on the iSeeChange Almanac about our spring weather, and Dr. Paul Roundy, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Albany in New York, provided an answer.

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Hiking trails are a resource that many of us use to explore our public lands. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Gabi Morey, Director of Education and Outreach, and Kathe Hayes, Volunteer Program Director from the San Juan Mountains Association, about the value of trails for recreation, programs they offer to get kids and families into the outdoors, and what is coming up for National Trails Day on June 6th.

San Juan Mountains Association website: www.sjma.org

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