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Irrigation Revival, Partnerships for National Parks, Gulf Coast Fishing (Episode #705)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 29, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

With new water rights and a major irrigation project under construction, the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona is gearing up for a revival of an agricultural heritage that sustained them for centuries before European settlers arrived. Public-private partnerships in national parks are saving taxpayers money while supporting critical services, maintenance and repairs. With individual fishing quotas for red snapper, charter boat captains on the Gulf Coast adopt new sustainable practices that provide them with more income and safety.

Farmland Runoff, Maintaining National Parks, Rafting Through A Monument (Episode #704)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Fertilizer nutrients from farmlands in the Midwest are carried downstream in the Mississippi Basin, causing the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico where virtually no marine life can survive. We profile a farmer in southwestern Iowa who has made it his mission to develop his farm as an example to others, using no-till seeding, multi-crop and pasture rotation, minimal fertilizing, and runoff filtering to keep the nutrients in his soil and prevent runoff. The backlog of deferred maintenance in national parks is a growing problem that needs Congress to act: we see the need for urgent maintenance and repairs at the Grand Canyon, the National Mall, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta. Rafting down the river through the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.

Forest Homes for Bats, Defenses Against Flooding, Prescribed Fires (Episode #703)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Private landowners in Pennsylvania work with government support to provide critical forest habitat for threatened populations of bats. Along the Meramec River near St. Louis, residents try to break the costly cycle of flooding, cleaning up and re-building by adopting more natural solutions to flood mitigation. Managing forest plantations in Florida, landowners use prescribed fires to reintroduce a natural process that results in healthier ecosystems for wildlife as well as better forest and ranching operations. Researchers are studying ways to make commercial forests more productive and sustainable, including using slow-release fertilizers with less impact on the environment.

Wyoming Wilderness, Rising Sea Levels, Managing National Forests (Episode #702)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

In Wyoming, there's wide support for protecting wilderness study areas offering a wide range of recreational opportunities and stunning landscapes. Residents in Norfolk, Virginia, use education and innovation to defend their neighborhoods from rising sea levels. In the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, the public is playing a major role in shaping the complex future of the forest. Researchers in Idaho study the difficult lives of pygmy rabbits, providing insights to managing and saving threatened sagebrush landscapes in the West.

Restoring River Flows, Welcome Back Monarchs (Episode #701)

KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Managing irrigation demand in the upper Colorado Basin: collaborating with landowners, water managers in Gunnison County are developing innovative, more efficient systems to conserve water and restore flows to rivers. In Oklahoma, removing invasive cedars and reviving essential prairie habitat for migrating monarch butterflies. In White Sands, New Mexico, researchers study lizards to learn how changing habitats influence evolution.

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