Great Lakes http://wkar.org en 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 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 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? 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 Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story http://wkar.org/post/lone-shipwreck-survivor-shares-his-story <p></p><p></p><p>On November 29, 1966, 28 men lost their lives on Lake Huron when the freighter, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Daniel_J._Morrell" target="_blank">SS Daniel J. Morrell</a>, broke apart in a storm. One man survived, and he joins us on <em>Current State</em> today.</p><p>Dennis Hale is in Lansing to talk about his book, “Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.”</p><p>Hale says he never questioned the ship's seaworthiness before what was to be the last voyage of the season that &nbsp;year.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:20:29 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 54028 at http://wkar.org Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story 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 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 Growing up Green http://wkar.org/post/growing-green <p>New documentary explores Great Lakes place-based education <strong>|</strong> <strong>Mon. Apr. 14 - 11:30pm WKAR HD&nbsp;</strong> | Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:40:42 +0000 editor 51825 at http://wkar.org Growing up Green 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 Great Lakes Month in Review: Tar sands, Great Lakes Day, water retail http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-tar-sands-great-lakes-day-water-retail <p></p><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;">At the end of each month on <em>Current State,</em> we check in with <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;">Great Lakes commentator and journalist</span> <a href="http://greatlakesecho.org/author/garywilson/">Gary Wilson</a> for updates on environmental stories from around the Basin.</span> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:24:28 +0000 Emanuele Berry 51173 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Tar sands, Great Lakes Day, water retail Grass carp, the overlooked Asian carp http://wkar.org/post/grass-carp-overlooked-asian-carp <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-125c9c06-d54b-e5da-0665-59b7c79d51c5" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Most people have heard about Asian Carp and the threat they pose to the Great Lakes. However, many don't understand what the label Asian carp means. There are many types of fish that fall under the Asian carp umbrella, each bringing their own unique peril to the Great Lakes basin. One type of Asian carp that is overlooked and underestimated is the grass carp.</span> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:19:09 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50829 at http://wkar.org Grass carp, the overlooked Asian carp Could Michigan do more with its water resources? http://wkar.org/post/could-michigan-do-more-its-water-resources <p></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-3deee9ce-8d65-d498-f4c2-abe87999207a" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><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;">With snow piled deep across the Great Lakes region, there are hopes that the upcoming melt will push lake levels higher. It’s a scenario envied by many in the American west, especially in California where residents are being hammered by the severest drought in three decades.&nbsp; </span> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:04:57 +0000 Mark Bashore 50156 at http://wkar.org Could Michigan do more with its water resources? Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories http://wkar.org/post/exploring-magic-great-lakes-through-personal-stories <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#373737;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Most people who live in the Mitten State have fond memories of time spent at one of the Great Lakes. Those memories are what fuel <a href="http://www.thegreatlakesbookproject.com/">The Great Lakes Book Project</a>. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring&nbsp;the</span><span style="color: rgb(55, 55, 55); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; line-height: 29.09090805053711px;">&nbsp;powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes.&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State's</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Emanuele<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Berry speaks with </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(55, 55, 55); vertical-align: baseline;">the books publisher and editor <a href="http://www.walterblakeknoblock.com/">Walter Blake Knoblock</a>.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:39:17 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50158 at http://wkar.org Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories Great Lakes Month in Review: Algae blooms and Gov. Snyder's record http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-algae-blooms-and-gov-snyders-record <p></p><p></p><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;">At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist <a href="http://greatlakesecho.org/author/garywilson/">Gary Wilson</a> for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. </span><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;">For today’s <em>Great Lakes Month in Review</em>, we’re focusing on Governor Snyder’s environmental efforts and algae blooms</span><span style="font-size:15px;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;">.</span><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;"> </span></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:01:02 +0000 Current State 49864 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Algae blooms and Gov. Snyder's record Great Lakes Year in Review: budget woes and Waukesha http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-year-review-budget-woes-and-waukesha <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-05a821b8-493e-4271-7047-ffe541d8165b"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:03:38 +0000 Current State 47355 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Year in Review: budget woes and Waukesha Report: Great Lakes ill-equipped to ship tar sands safely http://wkar.org/post/report-great-lakes-ill-equipped-ship-tar-sands-safely <p></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Recently, the EPA denied Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline for dredging sections of the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge is still trying to clean up the remaining tar sands crude oil in the Kalamazoo watershed from the spill three years ago.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:22:23 +0000 Current State 46122 at http://wkar.org Report: Great Lakes ill-equipped to ship tar sands safely Current State #209 | November 26, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-209-november-26-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and <em>Voices of Experience</em> with MSU's George Perles.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:54:44 +0000 Current State 45836 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Asian carp and petcoke http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-asian-carp-and-petcoke <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">We check in monthly with Great Lakes commentator and journalist </span><a href="http://greatlakesecho.org/2013/11/22/the-great-lakes-sisyphean-problem/" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Gary Wilson</a><span id="docs-internal-guid-24867ae7-9518-6c4c-47c9-761f18a003c4"> for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. <span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on petcoke piles and Asian carp. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:49:14 +0000 Current State 45833 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: Asian carp and petcoke Fifty-five years later, remembering the shipwrecked SS Carl Bradley http://wkar.org/post/fifty-five-years-later-remembering-shipwrecked-ss-carl-bradley <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The sinking of the <a href="http://www.carldbradley.org/">SS Carl D. Bradley</a> claimed the lives of 33 crewmembers on Lake Michigan. The Bradley wreck doesn’t get talked about as much as the Edmund Fitzgerald does, but it is a story worth remembering. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:32:15 +0000 Current State 45467 at http://wkar.org Fifty-five years later, remembering the shipwrecked SS Carl Bradley Michigan economic developers eye ‘Blue Economy’ http://wkar.org/post/michigan-economic-developers-eye-blue-economy <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A new </span><a href="http://issuu.com/michiganeconomiccenter/docs/blue-economy-white-paper?e=9726652/5416237" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">report</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> commissioned by the governor’s office focuses on accelerating Michigan’s water based or ‘Blue economy.’ The paper’s author, <a href="http://www.mieconomiccenter.org/About/DirectorJohnAustin'sBio.aspx">John Austin</a>, is the Director of the <a href="http://www.mieconomiccenter.org/">Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation</a>. Austin says that &nbsp;a “Blue Economy” is similar to a “Green Economy”. </span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:02:02 +0000 Current State 44837 at http://wkar.org Michigan economic developers eye ‘Blue Economy’ Water security relies on adapting to climate change http://wkar.org/post/water-security-relies-adapting-climate-change <p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:13:12 +0000 Current State 43140 at http://wkar.org Water security relies on adapting to climate change Great Lakes Month in Review: commission urges action on algae blooms http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-commission-urges-action-algae-blooms <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><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;">This week we start our segment <em>Great Lakes Month in Review</em>. We'll take time each month to recap environmental news from around the Great Lakes Basin with Chicago-based commentator and journalist <a href="http://greatlakesecho.org/?s=gary+wilson&amp;x=0&amp;y=0">Gary Wilson</a>.</span> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:45:38 +0000 Current State 42786 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: commission urges action on algae blooms Great Lakes Week conference stresses lake level, watershed access http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-week-conference-stresses-lake-level-watershed-access <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:59:48 +0000 Current State 42053 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Week conference stresses lake level, watershed access Remembering the American victory at the Battle of Lake Erie http://wkar.org/post/remembering-american-victory-battle-lake-erie <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">For the United States, the War of 1812 took a turn for the better on this date 200 years ago. American naval forces defeated the British in The Battle of Lake Erie. The victory secured the lake and ensured that Michigan and Ohio would remain the sovereign territory of the U.S.A.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:48:12 +0000 Current State 42050 at http://wkar.org Remembering the American victory at the Battle of Lake Erie How SCOTUS decision about a Texas water district could impact the Great Lakes http://wkar.org/post/how-scotus-decision-about-texas-water-district-could-impact-great-lakes <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texans and </span>Oklahomans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> don’t just clash over football. They also have a long history of battling over water, with the most recent conflict playing out in the Supreme Court. Justices recently ruled that &nbsp;the Tarrant &nbsp;Regional Water District, located in North Texas, cannot divert water from Oklahoma river basins. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:32:37 +0000 Current State 38076 at http://wkar.org How SCOTUS decision about a Texas water district could impact the Great Lakes Bold idea to curb invasive species highlights Great Lakes Governor's conference http://wkar.org/post/bold-idea-curb-invasive-species-highlights-great-lakes-governors-conference <p></p><p>No sooner had conferees wrapped up last week’s <a href="http://www.detroitchamber.com/mpc/">Mackinac Policy Conference</a> than another gathering formed. For the first time in six years, the <a href="http://www.cglg.org/">Council of Great Lakes Governors</a> met to discuss the economy and the environment. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:23:28 +0000 Current State 36898 at http://wkar.org Bold idea to curb invasive species highlights Great Lakes Governor's conference Prioritizing issues in the Great Lakes region http://wkar.org/post/prioritizing-issues-great-lakes-region <p>This weekend Gov. Snyder will welcome Governors from across the Great Lakes region to the 2013 leadership summit on Mackinac Island. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson previews the summit and reflects on the Great Lakes Advisory Board's meeting in Chicago.</p><p>Wilson is the former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall. He’s a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently writes for Great Lakes Echo.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 18:03:44 +0000 Current State 36569 at http://wkar.org Prioritizing issues in the Great Lakes region New documentary explains how ice continues to shape Great Lakes region http://wkar.org/post/new-documentary-explains-how-ice-continues-shape-great-lakes-region <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Great Lakes formed thousands of years ago &nbsp;when a glacier moved across the region and melted. The film "</span><a href="http://projecticemovie.com/Welcome.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Project:Ice</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" depicts the important role ice continues to play in the Great Lakes Basin.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Kleinert, the documentary’s executive producer and director, discusses the importance of ice to the Great Lakes region.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:26:37 +0000 Current State 35854 at http://wkar.org New documentary explains how ice continues to shape Great Lakes region High bacteria levels plague Great Lakes beaches http://wkar.org/post/high-bacteria-levels-plague-great-lakes-beaches <p>According to a 2012 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, bacterial levels of Great Lakes’ beaches exceeded public health standards more than beaches in any other region. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-b-rose/water-cycle_b_2172883.html">Contaminated water</a> can cause illness and force beaches to close. Joan Rose is the Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research. She discusses beach health and water systems. She spoke with <em>Current State</em> host Mark Bashore.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:24:28 +0000 CURRENT STATE 35440 at http://wkar.org Study indicates Asian carp may already be in Great Lakes http://wkar.org/post/study-indicates-asian-carp-may-already-be-great-lakes <p></p><p>A new study released in April finds Asian carp may in fact be reaching the Great Lakes.&nbsp; The Asian carp is an invasive species with an appetite large enough to potentially decimate the food chain ecosystem of the Great Lakes.&nbsp; There have been many efforts to contain the spread of the fish in the Chicago Area Waterway System to connects to Lake Michigan.&nbsp; The study now raises new questions about the effectiveness of that system.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:54:14 +0000 Current State 35275 at http://wkar.org Study indicates Asian carp may already be in Great Lakes