‘Idaho Science Journal’ Returns With Bite-Size Science Documentaries


Every day, Idaho scientists conduct research to describe, define, investigate, and understand the world in which we live. Idaho Science Journal, a series of short science documentaries, returns in May to take a look at the work of some of Idaho’s most interesting researchers.

Season 3 looks at research being done by scientists at Boise State University regarding the impact of urban growth on the Treasure Valley’s agricultural base and about a new Treasure Valley Water Atlas.

This series of short segments airs Tuesdays, May 1 through May 15, at approximately 7:53 PM following The Ganges With Sue Perkins on Idaho Public Television. Following its air date, each documentary short will be viewable on the Idaho Science Journal website, along with episodes from the series’ first two seasons.

May 1: Disappearing Farm Land, Part One – Farmer Clay Erskine was feeling a bit squeezed. New homes were popping up around his farm land, so he had to move. New construction is swallowing up agricultural land throughout the valley at a fast pace. Researchers at Boise State University have developed models that predict the Treasure Valley’s population could grow by as much as 160 percent by the turn of the next century and much of that growth will come at the expense of agricultural land. Will farm land just disappear and what does that mean for the valley’s future?

May 8: Disappearing Farm Land, Part Two – 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.

May 15: Treasure Valley Water Atlas – 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 water managers and policy makers understand from where we get our water, how we currently use it and the challenges ahead.

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