Environment http://wkar.org en Activist details Michigan pipeline concerns http://wkar.org/post/activist-details-michigan-pipeline-concerns <p></p><p></p><p>Pipelines have been a hot topic in Michigan in the last few years. Very recent developments suggest the issue is intensifying. Canada’s <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/" target="_blank">Enbridge</a> is part of a proposal to install about 600 miles of new, interstate natural gas pipelines, about 150 miles of which would run through Michigan. Besides arousing environmental concerns over a possible pipeline rupture, the proposal affects homeowners whose properties were not long ago disrupted by another Enbridge project. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:30:05 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56728 at http://wkar.org Activist details Michigan pipeline concerns After 80 years U of M plant finally blooms http://wkar.org/post/after-80-years-u-m-plant-finally-blooms <p></p><p>Two weeks ago, we made quite a stink over a corpse flower that attracted long lines of visitors to Michigan State University. The Indonesian plant blooms infrequently and unpredictably. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:19:17 +0000 Mark Bashore 56491 at http://wkar.org After 80 years U of M plant finally blooms Michigan lures anglers for bass http://wkar.org/post/michigan-lures-anglers-bass <p></p><p></p><p>Fishing in Michigan is big business. The state DNR estimates that anglers spent $2.4 billion in trip-related expenses and equipment in 2011. Besides Michigan’s Great Lakes and rivers, our inland lakes attract considerable fishing as well. In fact, six Michigan lakes were recently included in a national fishing magazine’s<a href="http://www.bassmaster.com/slideshow/top-100-bass-lakes-2014" target="_blank"> “100 Best Bass Lakes of 2014”</a> list. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:29:34 +0000 Melissa Benmark 56364 at http://wkar.org Michigan lures anglers for bass Beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge http://wkar.org/post/beyond-beauty-michigan-plants-offer-environmental-edge <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Bill Schneider has operated <a href="http://www.wildtypeplants.com/" target="_blank">Wildtype Native Plant Nursery</a> in Mason for the past 17 years. As a true native Michigander, Schneider has degrees from both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He moved to northern California in the 1980’s where he further developed in his growing interest in native plants. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:23:25 +0000 Peter Whorf 55153 at http://wkar.org Beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill http://wkar.org/post/environmentalist-responds-criminal-probe-lansing-oil-spill <p></p><p></p><p>Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:50:16 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56103 at http://wkar.org Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year http://wkar.org/post/expert-michigan-mosquitoes-3x-normal-numbers-year <p>If you live in Michigan it seems like every summer is a time to complain about the mosquitoes being really bad this year, but how bad are they, really? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55990 at http://wkar.org Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year Effort underway to build coastal Great Lakes trail http://wkar.org/post/effort-underway-build-coastal-great-lakes-trail <p></p><p></p><p>Throughout the Great Lakes region there are many wonderful biking, hiking and kayaking trails. Imagine if all these pathways were connected into a giant international trekking system, a <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/05/great_lakes_coastal_trail_mtng.html" target="_blank">Great Lakes Coastal Trail</a>. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:24:52 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 55759 at http://wkar.org Effort underway to build coastal Great Lakes trail Michigan environmentalist champions reforesting with old growth trees http://wkar.org/post/michigan-environmentalist-champions-reforesting-old-growth-trees <p></p><p></p><p>This weekend, the <a href="http://www.glrea.org/" target="_blank">Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association</a> will hold its 10<span style="font-size:9px"><sup>th</sup></span> annual Michigan Energy Fair at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. There will be exhibitions and workshops on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and sustainable living practices. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:53:33 +0000 Scott Pohl 55699 at http://wkar.org Michigan environmentalist champions reforesting with old growth trees Great Lakes Month in Review: Mayors take on Great Lakes issues http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-mayors-take-great-lakes-issues <p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0px;font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:rgb(35,35,35)">At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. <span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)">For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we focus on the <a href="http://www.glslcities.org/" target="_blank">Great Lakes </a></span><a href="http://www.glslcities.org/" target="_blank">&amp; St. Lawrence Cities Initiative</a>. The group includes 114 mayors of cities throughout the Great Lakes Basin.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:40:25 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 55698 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Mayors take on Great Lakes issues MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? http://wkar.org/post/msus-beepalooza-offers-education-bee-petting <p></p><p>It was inevitable that <em>Current State</em> caught the buzz about <a href="http://www.ent.msu.edu/news/article/spend_a_day_with_bugs_june_22_during_bee_palooza_and_bug_house_open_house" target="_blank">Beepalooza</a>. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:56:38 +0000 Melissa Benmark & Mark Bashore 55521 at http://wkar.org MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? Provenzano: heavy rain a prelude to a 'normal' summer http://wkar.org/post/provenzano-heavy-rain-prelude-normal-summer <p></p><p></p><p>The Lansing area is expected to get a break from yesterday’s stormy weather that triggered flooding and weather warnings. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:55 +0000 Mark Bashore 55452 at http://wkar.org Provenzano: heavy rain a prelude to a 'normal' summer The other greenhouse gas, how farming impacts nitrous oxide levels http://wkar.org/post/other-greenhouse-gas-how-farming-impacts-nitrous-oxide-levels <p></p><p></p><p>Most people are aware of the “sexy” greenhouse gas CO-2. Fewer know of its co-culprit nitrous oxide. The third-largest greenhouse gas, after carbon dioxide and methane, nitrous oxide is released in soil during a natural process. However, the increased use of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture has resulted in a rise of nitrous oxide emissions. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:06:44 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 55332 at http://wkar.org The other greenhouse gas, how farming impacts nitrous oxide levels Michigan may authorize new uses for toxic coal ash http://wkar.org/post/michigan-may-authorize-new-uses-toxic-coal-ash <p></p><p></p><p>One of the bills that cleared the Michigan legislature this session was a provision that allows certain bio-waste materials to be re-used for beneficial purposes. These substances include things like cement kiln dust, wood pulp and coal ash. Coal ash is the leftover residue from coal burned by electric power plants. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:36:49 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55154 at http://wkar.org Michigan may authorize new uses for toxic coal ash Does Michigan have a future in aquaculture? http://wkar.org/post/does-michigan-have-future-aquaculture <p></p><p></p><p>Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production systems. But in the U.S., aquaculture remains a relatively small industry, used solely to grow aquatic plants or produce fish for stocking. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:40:02 +0000 Emanuele Berry 54963 at http://wkar.org Does Michigan have a future in aquaculture? Drain Commissioner Lindemann on clean water challenges, opportunities http://wkar.org/post/drain-commissioner-lindemann-clean-water-challenges-opportunities <p><a href="http://dr.ingham.org/" target="_blank">Pat Lindemann</a> has served as the Drain Commissioner of Ingham County for 21 years. He's a Lansing native who’s spent his entire life in the area. As Drain Commissioner, Lindemann’s responsible for the operation of Ingham County storm drains and related issues including lake levels and soil erosion. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:30:32 +0000 Mark Bashore 54900 at http://wkar.org Drain Commissioner Lindemann on clean water challenges, opportunities Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries http://wkar.org/post/finding-balance-lake-hurons-fisheries <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About a decade ago,<a href="http://www.great-lakes.net/lakes/huron.html" target="_blank"> Lake Huron</a>’s fishing game was not very abundant because of a steep decline in overall fish numbers. To see how the lake is doing now, <em>Current State’s</em> Melissa Benmark spoke with David Fielder, Fisheries Research Biologist for the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr" target="_blank">Department of Natural Resources</a> and a doctoral student at Michigan State University. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:30:21 +0000 Melissa Benmark 54422 at http://wkar.org Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries Great Lakes Month in Review: Army Corps of Engineers, Asian carp and Waukesha's water troubles http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-army-corps-engineers-asian-carp-and-waukeshas-water-troubles <p></p><p></p><p>At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and Chicago-based journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the Basin.</p><p>For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we have more on the efforts to keep Asian carp and <a href="http://www.csgmidwest.org/policyresearch/policy_greatlakes.aspx" target="_blank">Waukesha, Wisconsin</a> out of Lake Michigan. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:31:45 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 54300 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Army Corps of Engineers, Asian carp and Waukesha's water troubles Oil spill in Jackson still a mystery http://wkar.org/post/oil-spill-jackson-still-mystery <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Hundreds of gallons of motor oil and hydraulic fluid made their way into the Grand River in Jackson last weekend. &nbsp;Environmental crews have gathered there to clean it up while officials investigate. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:32:15 +0000 Mark Bashore 54148 at http://wkar.org Oil spill in Jackson still a mystery BWL falcons expecting http://wkar.org/post/bwl-falcons-expecting <p></p><p></p><p>There are many expecting parents around Mid-Michigan, but few will produce offspring as rare as Eckert and Viper’s. The <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/falcon.aspx" target="_blank">peregrine falcons</a> are waiting for three little ones to hatch, after nesting at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert electric generating plant. Thu, 15 May 2014 17:30:47 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 53734 at http://wkar.org BWL falcons expecting DEQ fracking proposals could go further, says environmental advocate http://wkar.org/post/deq-fracking-proposals-could-go-further-says-environmental-advocate <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality proposed new rules&nbsp; in late April to regulate <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_4111_4231-262172--,00.html" target="_blank">hydraulic fracking</a> in Michigan. The new regulations focus on monitoring high-volume fracking operations for water quality and supplying more information to the public. Tue, 06 May 2014 17:28:20 +0000 Emanuele Berry 53273 at http://wkar.org DEQ fracking proposals could go further, says environmental advocate Neighbors in Action: Red Cedar chapter of Wild Ones http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-red-cedar-chapter-wild-ones <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Red Cedar chapter of <a href="http://www.wildoneslansing.org/">Wild Ones</a>, a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices and environmental education. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:01:27 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 52979 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Red Cedar chapter of Wild Ones Great Lakes Month in Review: Gov. Snyder on invasive species, pet coke and pipelines http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-gov-snyder-invasive-species-pet-coke-and-pipelines <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-44d91f6c-ad8a-5f3a-ec50-db65ba0ae303" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. &nbsp;</span></p><p><br /><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we’re focusing on the </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#333333;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://www.cglg.org/">Council of Great Lakes Governors summit</a>, which took place in Chicago this past weekend. Wilson had the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a>.</span> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:00:41 +0000 Emanuele Berry 52918 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Gov. Snyder on invasive species, pet coke and pipelines Volunteers guard Michigan's spawning sturgeon http://wkar.org/post/volunteers-guard-michigans-spawning-sturgeon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From now through early June, some volunteers will be standing guard over the Black River in Northern Michigan. They’ll be on the banks of the river making sure that the lake sturgeon, a rare and threatened species i</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">e state, are able to leave their homes in Black Lake and successfully spawn in the Black River. Why do the fish need guarding?</span></p><p><strong> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:01:21 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52860 at http://wkar.org Volunteers guard Michigan's spawning sturgeon Advocate responds to bolstered Michigan recycling plan http://wkar.org/post/advocate-responds-bolstered-michigan-recycling-plan <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this month Gov. Snyder released a plan to increase <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657-326217--,00.html">recycling</a> in the State of Michigan. At 15 percent, the state has one of the worst residential recycling rates in the nation. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:23 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 52570 at http://wkar.org Advocate responds to bolstered Michigan recycling plan Fungus threatens Michigan's bat population http://wkar.org/post/fungus-threatens-michigans-bat-population <p></p><p></p><p>Since 2006, a deadly bat fungus called <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12150-246555--,00.html">white nose syndrome</a> has spread its way throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, decimating bat populations. This April, the Michigan <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/">Department of Natural Resources </a>confirmed that the disease has been detected in Michigan. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:13 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 52569 at http://wkar.org Fungus threatens Michigan's bat population MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world http://wkar.org/post/msu-students-work-make-clean-water-more-accessible-developing-world <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Earlier this year, <em>Current State </em>welcomed John Barrie from the <a href="http://apptechdesign.org/">Appropriate Technology Collaborative</a> to Studio S. He explained that the collaborative &nbsp;creates new technologies to improve the quality of life in developing countries worldwide. The organization also collaborates with universities.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> This year, a team of <a href="https://www.egr.msu.edu/">Michigan State Engineering</a> students worked to build a </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">water purification system for low income countries. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 52384 at http://wkar.org MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world Disclosure stirs Lake Huron nuclear waste worries http://wkar.org/post/disclosure-stirs-lake-huron-nuclear-waste-worries <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Ongoing concern over a proposed nuclear waste site very near Lake Huron took a new twist recently. A Canadian government review panel is exploring the viability of a new underground storage facility in Kincardine, Ontario.</span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:04:46 +0000 Mark Bashore 52208 at http://wkar.org Disclosure stirs Lake Huron nuclear waste worries MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble' http://wkar.org/post/msu-museum-looks-turtles-trouble <p>A new exhibit at the <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/">MSU Museum</a> focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/1137">“Turtles in Trouble”</a> is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:42:59 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51633 at http://wkar.org MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble' Recent spill triggers closer look at tar sands shipping on Great Lakes http://wkar.org/post/recent-spill-triggers-closer-look-tar-sands-shipping-great-lakes <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Last week, as much as 1,600 gallons of oil spilled into Lake Michigan from the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, 20 miles from Chicago. After a week-long cleanup, authorities say they have found no further trace of spilled oil in the area. However, the political ramifications of the spill are likely to remain long after this incident. The BP refinery processes oil from tar sands found in Canada. Tar sands contain a thick petroleum that’s gaining popularity as a new energy source. New technology is making it easier to mine tar sands, but some worry that could increase the likelihood of more spills like the one last week. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:45:04 +0000 Kevin Lavery 51511 at http://wkar.org Recent spill triggers closer look at tar sands shipping on Great Lakes National Geographic editor on photography, climate change http://wkar.org/post/national-geographic-editor-photography-climate-change <p></p><p>While for some media outlets photography is taking a back seat, at <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/">National Geographic</a> it continues to be a central part of the brand. The photos featured in the magazine not only take readers around the world, but they also help tell the story of our changing environment.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:03:51 +0000 Emanuele Berry 51456 at http://wkar.org National Geographic editor on photography, climate change