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Outdoor Recreation

Skiing the Big Slopes

Margaret J. Krauss thought she knew about big mountains—that is, until she went skiing out west for the first time.

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An Empty Nest Leads a Mother to the Woods

As her third child started college, Debra-Lynn Hook spent two and a half weeks in a rustic cabin amidst 200 acres of Michigan forest—to experience the grandeur and subtlety of the woods. 

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Oil and Gas Development Dims Starry Skies

Some of the best places to stargaze also happen to be the best places to drill for oil. And as oil development has exploded, so has the amount of light pollution.

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Your Environment Update for October 15, 2015

While many Pittsburghers seem a bit leery about dipping a toe in the Three Rivers, this marathon swimmer will regularly hit the waters for ten hours or more.

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This Guy Isn't Shy About Swimming in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers

Open-water marathon swimmer Darren Miller says it's about time Pittsburghers stopped being freaked out about swimming in their signature waterways.

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The Three Rivers' Lone Sailor

Pittsburgh's boating community is banging like never before. There's even a sailboat culture. His name is John Norton.

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Turning Bikes into Smog-Sensing Machines

A citizen group in Pittsburgh is using cyclists—and some Home Depot ingenuity—to map some of the city's air pollution hotspots.

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Balancing Flood Protection and Fun in Pa.'s River Towns

There are many cities in Pennsylvania that are rediscovering their waterfronts. And redevelopment projects have to have an eye on both fun and flooding.

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Lots of Red Tape for Building Waterfront Projects in Pa.

One thing is clear: When a waterfront is involved in a development, it means more regulators, complexity, money and time. Even for low-impact projects.

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Scott Carrier's Stories from the Green River

This week on the Allegheny Front, we listen in on award-winning author and producer Scott Carrier's classic documentary about his canoe trip on the Green River.

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