Great Lakes

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.
Credit Courtesy of Dr. Sherri Mason

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.

NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Lake Michigan-Huron Water Level Near Record Low

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron are nearly at record low levels because of drought and evaporation.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Study Finds No High-Risk Pathways for Asian Carp

Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

A federal study of 18 potential aquatic links between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds says none of them are likely pathways to the lakes for Asian carp.

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NewsRoom
10:08 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Dropping Lake Michigan Level Hits Homes, Boats

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Drought conditions are contributing to a continued drop in the level of Lake Michigan, and operators of harbors and docks in the northwestern Lower Peninsula say it's causing hazards and hassles for residents and boaters.

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NewsRoom
11:30 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project Works to Reduce Drownings

Former East Lansing Fire Marshall Bob Pratt founded the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
Photo courtesy of East Lansing Fire Department

Eighty-seven people drowned in the Great Lakes last year.  That’s tragic and unacceptable, according to Bob Pratt.   In 2007, Pratt founded the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project and started training surfers in lifesaving techniques. 

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