The Flint Water Crisis became a top story in 2016, but it wasn't the only development involving Michigan water or the Great Lakes. We review and update those stories, and look ahead to 2017, with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.
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.
A bi-national group of Great Lakes mayors wants its governors and premiers to reverse a decision to allow Waukesha Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan. We review that environmental story and others coming up on Current State’s Great Lakes Month in Review.
A former oil company executive is awaiting confirmation by the Michigan Senate to become the state’s next director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and an assessment of Enbridge Energy’s controversial Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits is in the works. We talk with Great Lakes environmental reporter Gary Wilson for our Environment Month in Review.
All eight of the Great Lakes states have given their blessing to the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to tap Lake Michigan for it's water supply. We talk with Great Lake commentator Gary Wilson and Grant Trigger, Michigan's representative to the talks.
Later this month, Governors of the Great Lakes states will decide on a proposed Lake Michigan water diversion. Environmentalists and other opponents say the community of Waukesha has options that are being dismissed. We talk with one of those opponents.
Commentator Gary Wilson joins us to talk about April’s biggest environmental stories. We’ll be talking about the recent meeting of representatives from the Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces over the Waukesha diversion proposal, and we’ll talk about Governor Snyder’s efforts to change the culture at the MDEQ.
Last December’s weather patterns created a winter anomaly in two of the Great Lakes: rising water levels. We learn more and get the latest on midweek snowfall from MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.
Scientists at Michigan State University are hoping to use the mating pheromone of the sea lamprey to help eradicate the species from the region. We learn more from Michael Wagner from the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Governors of the eight Great Lakes States will soon have to decide wheter or not to allow the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to start drawing its water from Lake Michigan. The city says its water supply is tainted by radium and that Lake Michigan water is its only viable alternative, but some environmentalists worry about setting a precedent for cities outside of the basin using Great Lakes Water. We talk with Jon Allan of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.
A new study says Asian carp could make up one-third of the fish weight of Lake Erie if the species make their way into the lake. Despite that ominous sounding statistic, the study also suggests the impact may be less destructive than expected. We talk with study co-author Ed Rutherford of Ann Arbor’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.
We check in with Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about November’s biggest environmental stories, including the legal consequences of Flint’s water crisis and Michigan’s stake in the upcoming Paris climate summit.