Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

First guest is Dan Stead, owner of Natures Balance Pest Control.  Natures Balance uses an all-natural form of pesticide made from various plant-based oils to control insects from ants to spiders to wasps. Then, Luke Cartin, Sustainability Manager for Park City Municipal stops by to discuss the proposed revisions to Rocky Mountain Power's plans for fees, rates and tariffs associated with private solar power systems and net metering.

Last Thursday, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent recommendations to the White House that included scaling back some of the most prominent national monuments created in the past decades.

Frank Black, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Westminster College joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss ongoing research with Mercury in the Great Salt Lake. Then, Charlie Matthews, STEM Coordinator with the Park City School District, stops by to discuss his work with STEM.  Finally, Erin Bragg from Summit County sustainability talks about the County’s recent joining of the U.S. County Climate Coalition.

Reece DeMille of Republic Services is up first to discuss the 2017 Annual Solid Waste Fee, Why China is cutting back on importing plastic and how Apple plans to manufacture 100% recyclable phones. Then Katy Wang and Lindsay Beebe talk about the film, “From the Ashes” airing this Friday at the Santy. Finally, Lynsey Gammon stops by to share information on her new farm called Mountain Song Farms, located  in Silver Creek.

  In the first part of the program, Chris and Nell talk about the damage feral cats and home owners  who let their housecats run unattended outside, do to our local wildlife - its diversity and populations.  They also discuss what Swaner Preserve is doing to address their feral cat population. Then, in the second part of the show, Molly Brooks, the director of outreach and communications with Recycle Utah, stops by to discuss their upcoming event – the 100 mile meal.  It’s an event that showcases the vegetables, fruits, cheeses and meat raised by local farmers.

Chris and Nell speak with Andrew Fraknoi, professor of Astronomy, about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st.  Park City will experience approximately 90-percent coverage starting around 11 am.

First up on the program is Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with the Naitonal Weather Service.  Brian gives us a summary of the spring melt, our record warm July and the perils of flash flooding. Then, Michelle Dehaan and Clint McAfee from PCMC join Chris and Nell to discuss the city’s annual water quality consumer confidence report. 

Utah Lake is a popular spot for boating and shoreline recreation, but for decades, large blooms of so-called blue-green algae have rendered the lake unappealing, at times harmful, to native fish, birds, dogs and humans alike. Why is this happening repeatedly at Utah Lake? What are its sources? And why is the bloom sometimes referred to as blue-green algae and other times cyanobacteria?  Joining Nell and Chris in the first part of the program is Ben Holcomb.  Ben is the coordinator of Biological Assessment and Harmful Algal Blooms Program with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

John Coequyt, Global Climate Policy Director for the Sierra Club  joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss the continued international response to the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  In the second half, Matt Bishop discusses the impacts behind the DOI’s announcement to remove the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear from the endangered species list .  Matt in an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center.

This Green Earth - June 20, 2017

Jun 20, 2017

In a move that will help protect one of the Southwest’s most iconic landscapes, the Bureau of Land Management recently decided to remove parcels of land residing at the door step of Zion National Park from a proposed September oil and gas lease sale.  David Nimkin is the Senior Southwest  Regional Director for The National Parks Conservation Association.  He joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to talk about the process and the results.

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