Great Lakes

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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.


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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.


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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.


Great Lakes shoreline
Lloyd Degrane

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.


Grant Trigger (center) representing Michigan at last week's meeting of regional representatives in Chicago.
Gary Wilson

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.  

Great Lakes Month in Review: Flint task force report

Mar 29, 2016
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Commentator Gary Wilson joins Current State to talk about March’s biggest environmental stories, including the recently released Flint Water Task Force report.


February 24 snowfall at MSU photo
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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.


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We check in on the biggest environmental stories from around the region with commentator Gary Wilson for our February Great Lakes Month in Review segment.


Sea lamprey photo
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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.


Jon Allen photo
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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.

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Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

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.


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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.


postcard of the Edmund Fitzgerald
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On the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Current State tours the Michigan State Museum's photo exhibit 'Iron Hulls,' which explores the life of Great Lakes sailors. 

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We talk to Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about October’s biggest environmental stories, including Flint’s water crisis and how Canada’s recent election could impact the Great Lakes.

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The shorelines of all five of the Great Lakes add up to almost 11,000 miles.

That’s about the same distance between Lansing and Perth, Australia.

Or to visualize it another way, if you took a piece of string as long as the Great Lakes shoreline, you’d be able to wrap it around 44 percent of the Earth’s circumference.

Traveling that much ground in just four months might sound a little intimidating.

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