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Treasure Valley Water Atlas | Idaho Science Journal

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Boise and the Treasure Valley are rich in water resources, but with urban populations exploding and as climate change disrupts traditional patterns, the area’s water future is uncertain. Scientists at Boise State University have developed the Treasure Valley Water Atlas to help us understand where our water comes from, how we currently use it and the challenges ahead.

West Virginia | Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New

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3 Rivers: the Bluestone, Gauley, and New documents the economic, social, and political impact of the rivers on Southern and Central West Virginia.  Included in Teachers Resources is a cross-curricular unit which addresses the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for 8th grade West Virginia Studies.  The video is divided into 4 chapters: Introduction, Bluestone, Gauley, and New.  Curriculum is available under the Resource tab by the content area.

Portneuf's Future? | Idaho Science Journal

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Reporter Kris Millgate looks at the state of the Portneuf River. This 120-mile river runs free for much of its journey, but it is shunted through a cement chute within Pocatello. Idaho State University scientists are investigating how to restore this natural resource and still balance the needs of flood control and agricultural concerns.

Eagles & Off-Roaders | Idaho Science Journal

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Off-highway vehicle activity has increased on Bureau of Land Management lands nationwide, and specifically in southwestern Idaho. That may be bad news for the golden eagles. Reporter Joan Cartan-Hansen goes along with scientists from Boise State University as they study how human disturbances are impacting these amazing birds and what can be done to find a balance between people’s desire to get into the back country and the needs of the birds. 

Disappearing Farm Land: Part Two | Idaho Science Journal

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How do Treasure Valley residents feel about farm land disappearing from their communities? Researchers at Boise State asked. They hope to help policy makers find ways to preserve farm land. County officials and growers have some ideas, but it will take money and the will to change public policy to save the Treasure Valley’s disappearing farm land.

Reindeer Castration | EARTH A New Wild

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The Sami, indigenous to Scandinavia, have practiced the husbandry of reindeer for hundreds of years. Currently, reindeer herding is illegal to anyone not of Sami descent. In this video, see a demonstration of the traditional method of reindeer castration passed down in the Sami culture for generations. Discretion is advised in viewing this content due to the mature nature of the scene.

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