Great Lakes

Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Great Lakes Year in Review: budget woes and Waukesha

Gary Wilson says fighting harmful algae blooms, especially in Lake Erie, is one of the USEPA’s top priorities.
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Each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. This year we’ve covered, diverting water, budget woes, algal blooms and more. Gary joins us to look back at some of the major environmental stories of 2013.

 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Report: Great Lakes ill-equipped to ship tar sands safely

As the tar sands industry continues to grow, a pressing issue is finding ways to transport the crude oil to midwest refineries. Some are hoping to ship tar sands across the Great Lakes, while others fear another disaster like the Kalamazoo spill.
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Recently, the EPA denied Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline for dredging sections of the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge is still trying to clean up the remaining tar sands crude oil in the Kalamazoo watershed from the spill three years ago.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and Voices of Experience with MSU's George Perles.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Great Lakes Month in Review: Asian carp and petcoke

Four years ago Asian carp DNA was detected in the Chicago River. With that, ‘Carp Watch’ began and four years later, the watch continues.
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We check in monthly with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on petcoke piles and Asian carp.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:32 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Fifty-five years later, remembering the shipwrecked SS Carl Bradley

The steamer Carl D. Bradley sank 55 years ago today.
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The sinking of the SS Carl D. Bradley claimed the lives of 33 crewmembers on Lake Michigan. The Bradley wreck doesn’t get talked about as much as the Edmund Fitzgerald does, but it is a story worth remembering.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:02 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan economic developers eye ‘Blue Economy’

When people think of Michigan’s economy, they typically point to the State’s automobile industry or its agricultural sector. Often overlooked is one of Michigan’s greatest natural assets: water.
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A new report commissioned by the governor’s office focuses on accelerating Michigan’s water based or ‘Blue economy.’ The paper’s author, John Austin, is the Director of the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation. Austin says that  a “Blue Economy” is similar to a “Green Economy”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Water security relies on adapting to climate change

While the Great Lakes region is water-rich, the OECD reports suggest that even water wealthy areas should work toward adaptive policies to secure the long-term future.
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According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  40 percent of the world’s population will live under severe water stress by 2050.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Great Lakes Month in Review: commission urges action on algae blooms

Gary Wilson says The International Joint Commission uncharacteristically released strong recommendations about how to combat harmful algae blooms.
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This week we start our segment Great Lakes Month in Review. We'll take time each month to recap environmental news from around the Great Lakes Basin with Chicago-based commentator and journalist Gary Wilson.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Great Lakes Week conference stresses lake level, watershed access

One of the topics under discussion at the Great Lakes Conference was that of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a city outside of the Great Lakes basin that says they need water diverted from the lakes because their wells are contaminated by radium.
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Organizations from across the Great Lakes region are converging in Milwaukee for Great Lakes Week. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson is at this year’s conference. Wilson says two of the major issues are low lake levels and water divergence.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:48 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Remembering the American victory at the Battle of Lake Erie

A huge boat building effort was made in Detroit before the Battle of Lake Erie, according to MSU historian Roger Rosentreter.
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For the United States, the War of 1812 took a turn for the better on this date 200 years ago. American naval forces defeated the British in The Battle of Lake Erie. The victory secured the lake and ensured that Michigan and Ohio would remain the sovereign territory of the U.S.A.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with MSU historian Roger Rosentreter about the Battle of Lake Erie.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

How SCOTUS decision about a Texas water district could impact the Great Lakes

Attorney Saulius Mikalonis says the Supreme Court's decision would have a favorable impact on Michigan, in terms of Great Lakes water diversion.
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Texans and Oklahomans don’t just clash over football. They also have a long history of battling over water, with the most recent conflict playing out in the Supreme Court. Justices recently ruled that  the Tarrant  Regional Water District, located in North Texas, cannot divert water from Oklahoma river basins.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Bold idea to curb invasive species highlights Great Lakes Governor's conference

At the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2013 Leadership Summit, Great Lakes Governors, along with environmentalists and Canadian officials, discuss the possibility of separating the Mississippi River basin to stop the threat from Asian Carp.
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No sooner had conferees wrapped up last week’s Mackinac Policy Conference than another gathering formed. For the first time in six years, the Council of Great Lakes Governors met to discuss the economy and the environment.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Prioritizing issues in the Great Lakes region

The recent meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board focused on priorities for the next four years of Great Lakes restoration.
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This weekend Gov. Snyder will welcome Governors from across the Great Lakes region to the 2013 leadership summit on Mackinac Island. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson previews the summit and reflects on the Great Lakes Advisory Board's meeting in Chicago.

Wilson is the former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall. He’s a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently writes for Great Lakes Echo.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:26 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

New documentary explains how ice continues to shape Great Lakes region

The Mackinac Bridge.

The Great Lakes formed thousands of years ago  when a glacier moved across the region and melted. The film "Project:Ice" depicts the important role ice continues to play in the Great Lakes Basin. 

Bill Kleinert, the documentary’s executive producer and director, discusses the importance of ice to the Great Lakes region. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

High bacteria levels plague Great Lakes beaches

According to a 2012 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, bacterial levels of Great Lakes’ beaches exceeded public health standards more than beaches in any other region. Contaminated water can cause illness and force beaches to close. Joan Rose is the Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research. She discusses beach health and water systems. She spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Study indicates Asian carp may already be in Great Lakes

A new study co-authored by a Central Michigan University professor indicates Asian carp may have already reached the Great Lakes.
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A new study released in April finds Asian carp may in fact be reaching the Great Lakes.  The Asian carp is an invasive species with an appetite large enough to potentially decimate the food chain ecosystem of the Great Lakes.  There have been many efforts to contain the spread of the fish in the Chicago Area Waterway System to connects to Lake Michigan.  The study now raises new questions about the effectiveness of that system.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Current State #72 | April 23, 2013

Today on Current State: Councilwoman Jessica Yorko on city budget; the drawbacks of dredging; dispute over Ingham county recordkeeping; and Angela Wittrock with Lansing business news.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Michigan DEQ limits environmental impacts of dredging

Dredging permits can take take 60 to 90 days to be granted.
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This year record low water levels have spurred the Michigan government to spend over $20 million on dredging. Many hope dredging will enable recreational and commercial boating to continue, preventing revenue loss.

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NewsRoom
3:23 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Great Lakes Levels Below Normal Next 6 Months

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes levels probably will remain below average for the next six months but won't set records unless the weather is unusually dry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Current State #57 | April 2, 2013

Today on Current State: policy operative Richard McClellan; the Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus; and Michigan's steps toward autism benefits. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin

The Great Lakes Energy-Water Initiative utilizes the connection, or nexus, between energy and water.
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The dependent relationship between energy and water is important, but in a water-rich state like Michigan, it’s easy to overlook. Skip Pruss discusses the water-energy nexus  and its potential impact on the future of the Great Lakes. Pruss is a Principal at 5 Lakes Energy and former Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Current State #52 | March 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Curtis Hertel on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health; Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:31 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Measuring Great Lakes water quality today and a century ago

In addition to Dr. Rose's study, Great Lakes Echo also serves to protect the quality of the Great Lakes through information distribution via journalism.
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It’s been 100 years since the International Joint Commission conducted a Great Lakes-wide bacteriological study.  Scientists are now looking to recreate the 1913 research; the 100 years study will assess how water quality in the Basin has changed over time.

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NewsRoom
3:29 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Army Corps Commits $5.2M For Great Lakes Repairs

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A top official of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says her agency will spend $5.2 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds to repair 10 Great Lakes harbors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

As Great Lakes show, plastic pollution not just an oceanic problem

The microplasitcs the team found in the Great Lakes were small, measuring between 330 micrometers and 1 millimeter in size.
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Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups' water samples had concentrations of plastic greater than those found anywhere else. The study has resulted in several other projects. Chemistry professor Dr. Sherri Mason discusses the plastic pollution in the basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Current State #39 | March 7, 2013

Today on Current State: The iconic SS Badger's future; gender imbalance in medical research; summer road construction East Lansing; the Safe Patient Care Act; and a preview of the Wharton Center's remaining lineup.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:07 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

EPA may end SS Badger's long run on coal

The SS Badger is one of the nation's last coal-fired passenger ships in operation.
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The iconic Michigan steamship, the SS Badger, may lose its permit to dump  spent coal into Lake Michigan.  The Ludington company that owns and operates the Badger, Lake Michigan Carferry, expects to hear soon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about its request to continue the practice.  

Hugh McDiarmid, communications director  for the Michigan Environmental Council, discusses the impact of the SS Badger on the environment.

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History
11:40 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Detroit Boat Show also features Great Lakes naval history

The American fleet of nine vessels, commanded by Oliver H. Perry, was outgunned by the British heading into The Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs now through Sunday at Cobo Center. The expo showcases everything from power boats to pontoons, and even a little Great Lakes history. This year is the bicentennial of the epic Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred during the War of 1812.
 

Tall ships of the British and United States navies clashed in September of 1813.  The Americans won this crucial battle, which may be best-remembered for the famous message delivered by Commodore Oliver Perry:  “We have met the enemy, and he is ours…”
 

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Environment
2:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Michigan's fragile groundwater resources a growing concern

Michigan's groundwater and inner lake levels are falling, with the 2012 drought and high corn prices contributing to the shift.
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The Great Lakes’ record-low water levels are rightly receiving all of the attention now, but evidence is growing that Michigan’s fragile groundwater resources are quietly becoming a concern for the future.

Robert Glennon, professor of law and public policy at the University of Arizona and author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to do About It,” knows Michigan well and shares his insights.

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Environment
12:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Lakes Michigan and Huron reach record low water levels

This month Lake Michigan and Lake Huron hit record low water levels. The receding water is causing environmental and economic problems in the Great Lakes Basin.

To offset the water levels, Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a $21 million budget to dredge harbors. Patrick Doran, director of conservation for the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Jon Allan, director of the Office of the Great Lakes, discuss dredging and the future of the Great Lakes’ water levels.

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