Energy and Environment

image of fly geyser
Joey Lovato

The infamous Fly Geyser, situated on private land north of Gerlach, has been closed to the public for nearly two decades. But now, the land's new owner – the Burning Man Project – is opening the geyser for public viewing. Reno Public Radio's Bree Zender took a trip southwest of the Black Rock Desert, to find out more about it. 

Using Goats To Fight Invasive Species

Feb 28, 2018
Paul Boger

Whether it's hoary cress, with its tiny white flowers and hairy leaves, or Scotch thistle, a plant with spiny wings that can grow up to 12 feet tall, Nevada has a problem with noxious weeds. But some ranchers may have found a way to effectively deal with the invasive species: goats. Our reporter Paul Boger went out into the field to learn more.

Noah Glick

In December, snowpack in the Sierra was below normal levels, warning some water experts of a drought. Since then, a few storms have passed. Reno Public Radio's Bree Zender checks in again with Jeff Anderson, a hydrologist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service about where the snowpack levels are today, and how that could affect water flow.


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Holly Hutchings

The Carson Valley just hosted its Eagles and Agriculture event for the sixteenth year, helping passers-by see eagles and other birds that populate the area in the winter months. Holly Hutchings reports.

Andy Wraithmell / Public Domain

As northern Nevada continues to grow and expand its urban core, one local scientist is looking to see what impacts that could have on wildlife.

(left to right): Dilek Uz, Stephen Brown, Kimberly Robbins and Frances Moore discuss the economic impacts of climate change during UNR's Global Climate Change Summit, Saturday September 23.
Noah Glick

Scientists and community leaders gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno to discuss the impacts of climate change—on the environment and the economy.

Western Pond Turtles have been around Nevada for 150 years. Scientists say the species can be a good indicator of ecosystem health, because they use rivers, ponds and land systems.
Noah Glick

The Western Pond Turtle has been a part of the Carson Valley since at least the 1860s. Yet, scientists know very little about the population in Nevada—and what it can tell us about overall ecosystem health.

Hunters, fishermen and other sportsmen had high expectations when Ryan Zinke was tapped to be President Trump's interior secretary, in part because of his promise to bring a balanced, Teddy Roosevelt-style vision to managing public lands.

But the former Republican congressman from Montana is now the target of a critical ad campaign by one of those groups, a symptom of eroding support among a deep-pocketed faction that has become increasingly influential.

Noah Glick

The annual Lake Tahoe Summit brings together elected representatives from Nevada and California to discuss the future of the basin.

This year, officials focused on the impact of climate change and urban development on its famed clarity.

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The Anaconda Copper Mine near Yerington, which has been out of operation since the late 1990s, may soon have a new cleanup strategy.

The state of Nevada is hoping to take the lead on restoring the site, and has formally requested that the EPA hold off on adding it to its national priority list.

University of Nevada, Reno

A solar eclipse is set to sweep across much of the U.S. Monday morning. And while northern Nevada is not in the direct path, residents here will get a rare glimpse as the moon passes in front of the sun.

One University of Nevada, Reno professor is headed up to Oregon to not only take in the eclipse, but also to hopefully bring back some new findings about the cosmos.

Live Coverage Of The Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
Romeo Durscher / NASA

It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

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Nevada Seismological Laboratory / University of Nevada, Reno

Humans account for an overwhelming majority of wildland fires, with federal agencies estimating that 80 to 90 percent are caused by people.

Target shooting is just one of several ways that people can spark flames. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick look at other actions worrying local officials, and finds out what happens to those caught starting fires.

Noah Glick

While heat and thunderstorms bring heightened potential for wildfires, the majority of wildfires are human-caused.

Target shooting in particular has been the cause of several blazes this year, including the Detweiler Fire that has destroyed more than 130 structures in Mariposa County, California.

Using Ultraviolet Light To Kill Invasive Species At Tahoe

Jul 21, 2017
Courtesy of Inventive Resources

Engineers have been testing out a new method for killing off invasive aquatic plants in Lake Tahoe using ultraviolet light — and the results are promising. Our contributor Annie Conway of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

Updates On Oil Well, Long Valley Fires

Jul 10, 2017
Reno Fire Department via Twitter

Thursday, 2:51 p.m. update:

Oil Well Fire:

The wind-driven Oil Well Fire east of Elko has burned seven homes in rural Nevada, but three of the structures were uninhabited. Five outbuildings and 16 vehicles also were burned in the blaze. No one was hurt in the fire that broke out in extremely windy conditions Monday afternoon.

Wildfire Season Begins: Fire Updates

Jun 18, 2017
Inciweb

Wednesday 12:00 p.m. update:

Another fire has broken out, this time 5 miles northwest of Jiggs, Nev. in Elko County. More than 100 firefighters are on scene of the Red Springs Fire, which has now burned 4,060 acres. The blaze is 15 percent contained, and no structures are threatened at this time.

Michelle Matus

Production and cultivation of marijuana are ramping up in Nevada, but development on a commercial scale comes with certain air quality challenges.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah visited a specialized greenhouse to learn more about the potential environmental impact of the cannabis industry.

Noah Glick

Communities along the Truckee, Carson and Walker Rivers can breathe a sigh of relief for now, as the National Weather Service has downgraded some of its flooding projections from last week. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

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