Environment

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A retired Michigan State University professor takes us into the woods to listen to what nature has to say. He’s organizing an international conference at MSU this week on ecoacoustics. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a report.


For our Great Lakes Month in Review, we update a pair of November’s top stories: Nestlé's request for more groundwater from Mecosta County and Michigan’s declaration of Lake Erie as “impaired.”


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Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.


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City of East Lansing workers have been busy counting deer this month. We ask the city’s environmental services administrator what they learn from the head and antler count.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with journalist and MSU professor Eric Freedman about the election and environmental issues. He’s recently back from a week in Nairobi, Kenya.


Lake Erie algae photo
Courtesy photo / NWF Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is designed to carry a half a million barrels of oil each day across four states. We talk with two Native Americans from the MSU community who are watching the developments.


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Courtesy photo / City of Ann Arbor

For years, Ann Arbor has been cleaning up a potential carcinogen that was detected in parts of its groundwater. Last Thursday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality toughened standards for the chemical 1,4 Dioxane. We ask Ann Arbor’s mayor for his response to the DEQ’s change and what it means going forward.


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Did the EPA drop the ball by delaying an emergency order in the Flint water crisis? A report from the U.S. Inspector General says it did. We review the story with Current State’s Great Lakes reporter-commentator Gary Wilson.


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Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection / flickr creative commons

As Michigan officials consider how to update environmental cleanup criteria, some environmental advocates say the DEQ needs to better incorporate new science into its operation. Noted environmental policy expert James Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council explains.


Keith Creagh photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A species of invasive snail has now been identified in three Michigan rivers. Some anglers who fish Michigan’s legendary Au Sable River have accused state officials of an inadequate response to the New Zealand mud snail. Michigan DNR director Keith Creagh responds to the criticism and explains what the agency’s doing.


View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Work continues in Flint as crews replace lead-tainted pipes that supply water to hundreds of homes. We talk with retired Brigadier General Mike McDaniel, the man tapped to coordinate Flint’s FAST Start program.


New Zealand mud snails photo
Robyn Draheim / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

An invasive snail, the New Zealand Mud Snail, appears to be spreading quickly in Michigan’s Au Sable River. An organization representing Michigan anglers is unhappy with the state’s response. We talk with Tom Baird of the Au Sable Anglers.


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Flint may be in line for millions of dollars of federal help with lead water infrastructure. We review that development and others in September’s Great Lakes Month in Review.


MSU scientist Dr. Rufus Isaacs discusses the problem of bee decline in our environment and what’s being done about loss of this critically needed population.


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