Great Lakes Today

Gage Skidmore / Donald Trump

President Trump pushed again Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes -- repeating a move he made last year.

Invasive Garlic Mustard -- Love It Or Leave It?

Dec 19, 2017
Rebecca Thiele / Great Lakes Today

Invasive plants and animals are an expensive problem in the United States -- federal agencies spent more than $104 million last year to control them. But a recent study on the garlic mustard plant shows that it might be better to leave some invasives alone. Our reporting partners at Great Lakes Today help us keep an eye on invasive species in our region. Rebecca Thiele from WMUK in Kalamazoo reports.


Drug Enforcement Agency

As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs often end up in lakes and rivers, creating what some scientists say could be a deadly cocktail for fish and other wildlife.


Expect Snow, Not Ice On Great Lakes This Winter

Dec 4, 2017
April Van Buren/WKAR

Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that's expected to continue this year. 

Climate Change Transforming Great Lakes Forests

Nov 24, 2017
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

Nov 24, 2017
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.


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