Great Lakes Today

Climate Change Transforming Great Lakes Forests

9 hours ago
Samantha Harrington / GREAT LAKES TODAY

To illustrate the future impact of climate change, he gives the landowners red and green ribbon and sends them into the woods. Trees projected to decrease in population, like sugar maple and balsam firs, get marked with red ribbon. Trees projected to increase, like bur and white oak, get a green ribbon. 


New Project Combats Great Lakes Sewage Overflows

9 hours ago
Great Lakes Today

 

A new collaboration between the Great Lakes Commission and Lawrence Technological University in Michigan takes aim at sewer overflows that are polluting the Great Lakes.


DAN KRAKER, MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO

For generations, Native Americans in the northern Great Lakes have harvested wild rice. It's an important food source. For some it's a way to make a little extra cash. And it's a cultural touchstone that tribal members are trying to pass on to younger generations. 


Opera Explores Lake Erie's Problems

Nov 15, 2017
Flickr/Ohio DNR

It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new oratorio from Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer.


On the November 11-12 edition of "Current State": you'll hear from Lansing mayor elect Andy Schor and Jackson mayor elect Derek Dobies.  Rick Pluta updates us new efforts to allow the carrying of weapons in more public places in Michigan. We talk about the meaning behind MSU Men's Basketball's new "We Talk. We Listen" t-shirts. We talk with a Michigan man who wrote about the experiences of a Vietnam veteran. And a blind film critic explains how he experiences movies in the theater. 


Lake Erie Algae Bloom Rated 'Severe'

Nov 9, 2017
Flickr/Ohio DNR

Scientists say Lake Erie’s algae bloom was one of the worst in recent years. And while it didn’t directly threaten drinking water, its bright green hue prompted national attention and hurt tourism. Great Lakes today's Elizabeth Miller reports with a wrap-up of algae bloom season.


Dave Kraker / Minnesota Public Radio

A recent study showed that Lakes Michigan and Huron have changed drastically. 


dairy cows photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

What does a dairy cow have to do with keeping the environment healthy? At the recent Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo people were invited to witness that connection first hand -- and how it played into one farmer’s economic survival. 


Meeting Tackles Threat of Microplastics in the Great Lakes

Oct 18, 2017
Great Lakes Today

It’s day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds  are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including microplastics. 


Great Lakes Issues Highlight Conference This Week

Oct 16, 2017
Great Lakes Today

The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is under way this week, bringing attention to critical Great Lakes issues. 

Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today

The Great Lakes region provides recreational opportunities all year – whether it’s hiking in the fall, ice fishing in the winter, or boating in the spring and summer. But not everyone is able to access the waters in the same way. Now, people with disabilities are getting more options.


Flint Water Crisis: Turning Point In Green Movement

Sep 27, 2017
View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Historically, the environmental movement hasn’t always been welcoming to people of color – and issues that are important to them. But to change the problem, you first have to recognize it. 


Environmental Groups Seeking New Issues, New Faces

Sep 27, 2017
Great Lakes Today

The environmental movement is changing dramatically, reaching out for new issues and new people – especially minorities. 

US Department of Agriculture

The US Department of Agriculture is asking residents along the Great Lakes corridor and beyond to watch out for an invader- the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). 


Asian Carp
Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. 


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