This Green Earth

It’s always newsworthy when Utah’s Mountains experience a snow year like 2017.  Even with the above average snow pack and potential of flooding, mother-nature offered up some unique conditions that filled northern Utah reservoirs.  Carolyn Murray has this update.

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.

This Green Earth - June 13, 2017

Jun 13, 2017

Alex Taurel of the League of Conservative Voters joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the recent DOJ report suggesting that the Bears Ears National Monument be reduced in size.  Then Lisa Yoder, Summit County Sustainability Manager stops by to discuss her report she will be sharing with the County Council on June 21st.

This Green Earth - June 6, 2017

Jun 6, 2017

  On June 6th, host Nell Larson was joined by guest co-host Katy Wang.  

During the first half of the show, they spoke with Fiona Stafford, professor of English language and literature at Oxford University, and author of The Sunday Times Nature Book of the Year.  It’s called The Long, Long Life of Trees and is a lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their incredible histories and characteristics, and ever-evolving meanings to our society.

This Green Earth - May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

During this installment of This Green Earth, Nell Larson and guest co-host Katy Wang started the hour by learning about Park City's net zero carbon goals, the most ambitious in the country, and the road map to get there from Celia Peterson, Park City's Environmental Sustainability Project Manager.  During the second half of the hour, Nell and Katy spoke with Kathy McGlauflin.  Internationally recognized for her expertise in environmental education, Kathy is senior vice president of education for the American Forest Foundation and executive director for Project Learning Tree.  Kathy highlig

This Green Earth - May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Joining Nell and Chris in the first half of the program to discuss the early response from the single use plastic bag is Luke Cartin, Environmental Manager for Park City Municipal.  He will also share with us some additional environmental activity going on at PMMC including the latest on the Net Zero campaign and how Bonanza Flat might play a role as a carbon sink.

First guest is Matt Pacenza with HEAL Utah.  HEAL is hosting its 14th annual breakfast fundraiser this Thursday with Shawn McGrath, former EPA Regional Administer as keynote speaker. Then Daisy Fair from Copper Moose Farm stops by to discuss their open house happening this Saturday the 20th. Finally, three students from Park City Day School come in to discuss their efforts to raise awareness and money in support of Bonanza Flat.

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