Michigan environment http://wkar.org en 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 Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan http://wkar.org/post/report-alleges-disinvestment-costing-michigan <p></p><p>“We still have miles to go to rebuild Michigan after years of neglect.” That sentence reflects the findings of a new report from the Michigan Economic Center at the <a href="http://primacivitas.org/" target="_blank">Prima Civitas Foundation</a>. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:34:12 +0000 Mark Bashore 56047 at http://wkar.org Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan 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 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 Michigan kayaker, author on state's best paddling http://wkar.org/post/michigan-kayaker-author-states-best-paddling <p></p><p>Michigan is famous for being the Great Lake state, but is also permeated by hundreds of rivers and streams.&nbsp; According to the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot" target="_blank">Department of Transportation</a>, there are 36,000 miles of streams in Michigan. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:36:26 +0000 Mark Bashore 55152 at http://wkar.org Michigan kayaker, author on state's best paddling 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 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 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 Army Corps report suggests tough choices for Asian carp problem http://wkar.org/post/army-corps-report-suggests-tough-choices-asian-carp-problem <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this week, the <a href="http://www.usace.army.mil/">Army Corps of Engineers</a> released the results of its 18 month <a href="http://www.glmris.anl.gov/glmris-report/">study</a> designed to deal with Asian carp in the Chicago waterways system. The study was mandated by Congress as the threat of the invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem continues to increase. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:22:06 +0000 Current State 47801 at http://wkar.org Army Corps report suggests tough choices for Asian carp problem Feds respond to Mackinac pipeline concerns http://wkar.org/post/feds-respond-mackinac-pipeline-concerns <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About a month ago, U-S Senators <a href="http://www.levin.senate.gov/">Carl Levin</a> and <a href="http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabenow</a> sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking about an <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/">Enbridge Company</a> oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. They asked for information on safety tests done on the pipeline, and for emergency response information from Enbridge. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:22:44 +0000 Current State 47703 at http://wkar.org Feds respond to Mackinac pipeline concerns Feds could revoke Michigan's wetland authority http://wkar.org/post/feds-could-revoke-michigans-wetland-authority <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan is one of only two state that have the authority to regulate federal wetlands within their borders. However, the Environmental Protection Agency may revoke that power. Last week, the EPA held a hearing to determine if <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OW-2013-0710-0001">Michigan’s environmental standards</a> for wetland management meet federal benchmarks. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:00:44 +0000 Current State 46800 at http://wkar.org Feds could revoke Michigan's wetland authority Campaign targets pollution in local watershed http://wkar.org/post/campaign-targets-pollution-local-watershed <p></p><p></p><p>It’s safe to say most of us take for granted that when we turn on our faucets, clean water comes out.&nbsp; But where does our drinking water come from? How clean is it? And how much responsibility do we, as individuals, have to ensure that our water stays clean? Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:31:26 +0000 Current State 46455 at http://wkar.org Campaign targets pollution in local watershed Report: Climate change threatens to alter big game in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/report-climate-change-threatens-alter-big-game-michigan <p></p><p></p><p>Throughout the 20th century large investments of time and money were made to help restore big game populations across the U.S. Many of these efforts were successful, but those successes may be short lived. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:26:52 +0000 Current State 45531 at http://wkar.org Report: Climate change threatens to alter big game in Michigan Current State #190 | October 29, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-190-october-29-2013 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Today on </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Current State</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: possible decriminalization of marijuana in Lansing; <em>Great Lakes Month in Review</em>; MEA on recent RTW complaints; </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Public Poetry Announcement </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">and local food innovation district.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:18:29 +0000 Current State 44472 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: fracking, ballast water and petcoke http://wkar.org/post/great-lakes-month-review-fracking-ballast-water-and-petcoke <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">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></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:15:42 +0000 Current State 44474 at http://wkar.org Great Lakes Month in Review: fracking, ballast water and petcoke Isle Royale ecosystem tested by environmental changes http://wkar.org/post/isle-royale-ecosystem-tested-environmental-changes <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">The moose is one of the largest and most elusive land animals in North America. Moose were once found in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula, and now they’re concentrated in a few isolated areas of the state.</span> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:24:43 +0000 Current State 44260 at http://wkar.org Isle Royale ecosystem tested by environmental changes Current State #165 | September 24, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-165-september-24-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State: </em><span id="docs-internal-guid-168742da-5095-8657-bb12-56794dd0f594" 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;">Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two</span>; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:17:31 +0000 Current State 42789 at http://wkar.org Detroit’s Water Renaissance: A river with old enemies and new allies http://wkar.org/post/detroit-s-water-renaissance-river-old-enemies-and-new-allies <p style="text-align: left;">Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.</p><p>So far we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River, daylighting streams, rebuilding shorelines and the destruction of the Rouge River. Today we explore efforts to clean up the Rouge. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:07:56 +0000 Current State 42787 at http://wkar.org Detroit’s Water Renaissance: A river with old enemies and new allies 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 Detroit's Water Renaissance: The Rouge, a river in trouble http://wkar.org/post/detroits-water-renaissance-rouge-river-trouble <p></p><p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery. Today we continue to explore Detroit’s waterfront: Challenges and opportunities &nbsp;in our series Detroit’s Water Renaissance.</span></p><div>So far, we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River, &nbsp;daylighting streams and rebuilding shorelines. Today we explore the Rouge River.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Rouge River in Detroit is one of Michigan's—and the Great Lakes—most polluted waterways. &nbsp;Generations of air and water pollution from heavy industry near the mouth of the river contaminated its sediments and made it unsafe for fishing. &nbsp;Upstream, dense urban populations have overwhelmed sewer and storm water systems, sometimes dumping raw sewage into the Rouge. &nbsp;The result is a river in trouble.&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:48:53 +0000 Current State 42428 at http://wkar.org Detroit's Water Renaissance: The Rouge, a river in trouble Environmental advocate anticipates Michigan energy plan discussion http://wkar.org/post/environmental-advocate-anticipates-michigan-energy-plan-discussion <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:14:26 +0000 Current State 42366 at http://wkar.org Environmental advocate anticipates Michigan energy plan discussion Current State #146 | August 27, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-146-august-27-2013 <p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:57:40 +0000 Current State 41368 at http://wkar.org Detroit's Water Renaissance: Rediscovering Detroit's lost waterways http://wkar.org/post/detroits-water-renaissance-rediscovering-detroits-lost-waterways <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Water attracted the early settlers of Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Join us over these next five weeks, as our regular Tuesday Knight segment will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with Detroit’s waterfront through our series "Detroit's Water Renaissance.</span>"</p><p>Our first story goes back to the days before industrialization, when the city of Detroit was a maze of fresh waterways.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:37:33 +0000 Current State 41362 at http://wkar.org Detroit's Water Renaissance: Rediscovering Detroit's lost waterways Tackling environmental issues crucial for Detroit's success http://wkar.org/post/tackling-environmental-issues-crucial-detroits-success <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This summer a coalition of Detroit based organization released the </span><a href="http://detroitenv.org/read-the-report/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Environmental Agenda</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The two-year project addresses improving quality of life through improving the environment. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:23:26 +0000 Current State 41366 at http://wkar.org Tackling environmental issues crucial for Detroit's success Michigan's recycling rate is lowest in Great Lakes region http://wkar.org/post/michigans-recycling-rate-lowest-great-lakes-region <p>At 20 percent, Michigan's recycling rate is 10 percent lower than the regional average.&nbsp; Many people around the state are hoping to change that.&nbsp; In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder identified increasing Michigan's recycling rates as a priority for his administration.&nbsp; Michigan Recycling Coalition executive director Kerrin O'Brien discusses what a comprehensive recycling plan might include.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:04:04 +0000 Current State 40711 at http://wkar.org Michigan's recycling rate is lowest in Great Lakes region Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity http://wkar.org/post/scientists-across-michigan-oppose-legislation-limit-biodiversity <p>This past spring the Michigan Senate passed Bill 78, which prohibits state agencies from setting aside land to maintain biodiversity.&nbsp; The bill has drawn strong criticism from various environmental groups. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:38:23 +0000 Current State 40308 at http://wkar.org Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity The regulatory issues unearthed by fracking http://wkar.org/post/regulatory-issues-unearthed-fracking <p>The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:39:01 +0000 Current State 39930 at http://wkar.org