Environment

Waukesha Lake Michigan diversion image
City of Waukesha, Wisconsin

Great Lakes governors will decide in a couple of weeks whether to approve a diversion of  Lake Michigan water to Waukesha, Wisconsin. That city’s water is contaminated with radium. A Waukesha water official explains why the diversion is justified.


Dr. Stuart Gage photo
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.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A Wisconsin city wants to divert water from Lake Michigan because it’s own drinking water supply is contaminated. Now, the city of Waukesha is one step closer to its goal. We get the latest on the Waukesha water diversion issue and others with commentator Gary Wilson. He joins us for the May edition of Great Lakes Month in Review.


Park Lake photo
Courtesy photo / Friends of Park Lake

Current State speaks with Judith Gardi, President of the Friends of Park Lake, about what the group would like to see and what makes the lake special.


Red Cedar Renaissance photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Dozens and possibly hundreds of mature trees have been cut down earlier than planned at the site of an impending Lansing development, the Red Cedar Renaissance. The cutting was moved up to prevent endangered bats from nesting in them. We talk about the development with Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann.


Plumber's union sign
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The national executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO is coming to Flint this week to rally the troops repairing the city’s water lines. Current State’s Kevin Lavery spends time with three Lansing plumbers as they canvass the city installing faucets and filters for free.

ReLeaf Michigan photo
Courtesy photo / ReLeaf Michigan

An Ann Arbor-based organization has been planting trees all over Michigan since 1988. ReLeaf Michigan helps property owners learn about trees and how to plant them, citing their numerous benefits. We hear the group’s story from Executive Director Melinda Jones.


Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

Water infrastructure isn’t the only thing getting restored in Flint. There’s also a multi-million dollar effort to upgrade and restore Flint’s riverfront. Government and non-governmental participants are collaborating on the Flint River Redevelopment Project.


Melissa Mays photo
Courtesy photo / Melissa Mays

Melissa Mays has been one of the busiest and most vocal activists in the Flint Water Crisis. Current State speaks with her about how she and her city are doing two years after her family’s health issues began.


Last lump of MSU coal photo
Brian Wheeler / Consumers Energy, Inc.

Consumers Energy is working with MSU to build a new substation that will power the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. At the same time, the utility is retiring seven outdated coal-fired power plants in Michigan. We talk about these issues with Consumers Energy Vice President Garrick Rochow.


Oak wilt photo
Bob Shrader / flickr creative commons

Red oak trees turn a beautiful, fiery shade every autumn. But sadly, some of those trees die in the middle of summer because of an invasive species. We talk with a forester and an invasive species expert about this problem.


Vern Stephens photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Do you know how to attract a Monarch butterfly? Not just any flower will do. To find out how to attract wildlife by growing flowers, grasses and other plants native to Michigan, we hear from Vern Stephens, an expert in the field.


Great Lakes Month in Review: Flint task force report

Mar 29, 2016
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Commentator Gary Wilson joins Current State to talk about March’s biggest environmental stories, including the recently released Flint Water Task Force report.


From continental droughts to failed city water systems, Charles Fishman has been studying and forecasting global water challenges for years. Dr. Kirk Heinze of Greening of the Great Lakes talks with the author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water".


MSU assists Flint residents worried about pets’ health

Mar 22, 2016
MSU vet clinic Flint photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

MSU veterinarians are testing pets in Flint for lead in the aftermath of the city's water crisis. April Van Buren has the story of how the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is trying to protect the health of Flint's pets.


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