This week on The Allegheny Front, a fight simmers over ‘exceptional’ streams in the Poconos. Plus, conservationists are mobilizing to save a federal program that helps pay for things like access to clean streams, hiking trails and parks. And President Trump unveiled his plan to replace the Clean Power Plan. What does it mean for our region?
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Stories in this episode
- Battle Brewing Over How to Protect Streams in the Poconos - The streams carry some of the cleanest water in the state, attracting tourists and providing drinking water to cities downstream. But resort owners worry that greater protections could hamper future development.
- Many Republicans Don’t Believe in Climate Change. Or Do They? - There's a growing group of conservatives on Capitol Hill who accept that climate change is caused by us and promote ‘free market’ solutions to the problem.
- On the Hunt for Wild Orchids - West Virginia is one of the best places around to find wild orchids. A couple of local enthusiasts even discovered a rare orchid there. "Some people play golf, we did North American orchids."
- The Best Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of - Parks, trails and even public swimming pools all over the country are funded by a federal program that many Americans have never even heard about, and it’s about to expire.
- Trump Administration Unveils Plan to Replace Obama’s Signature Climate Initiative - Experts say the new rule won't do much to reduce carbon emissions but it won't ensure a future for coal-fired plants either.