Michigan environment

Environment
12:12 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Advocate responds to bolstered Michigan recycling plan

Gov. Snyder hopes to increase the amount of recycling done in Michigan.
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Earlier this month Gov. Snyder released a plan to increase recycling in the State of Michigan. At 15 percent, the state has one of the worst residential recycling rates in the nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Army Corps report suggests tough choices for Asian carp problem

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Earlier this week, the Army Corps of Engineers released the results of its 18 month study designed to deal with Asian carp in the Chicago waterways system. The study was mandated by Congress as the threat of the invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem continues to increase.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Feds respond to Mackinac pipeline concerns

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About a month ago, U-S Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking about an Enbridge Company oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. They asked for information on safety tests done on the pipeline, and for emergency response information from Enbridge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Feds could revoke Michigan's wetland authority

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Michigan is one of only two state that have the authority to regulate federal wetlands within their borders. However, the Environmental Protection Agency may revoke that power. Last week, the EPA held a hearing to determine if Michigan’s environmental standards for wetland management meet federal benchmarks.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Campaign targets pollution in local watershed

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It’s safe to say most of us take for granted that when we turn on our faucets, clean water comes out.  But where does our drinking water come from? How clean is it? And how much responsibility do we, as individuals, have to ensure that our water stays clean?

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:26 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Report: Climate change threatens to alter big game in Michigan

Moose are among Michigan's big game animals possibly affected by changes in climate.
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Throughout the 20th century large investments of time and money were made to help restore big game populations across the U.S. Many of these efforts were successful, but those successes may be short lived.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Current State #190 | October 29, 2013

Today on Current State: possible decriminalization of marijuana in Lansing; Great Lakes Month in Review; MEA on recent RTW complaints; Public Poetry Announcement and local food innovation district.  

Radio Made in Michigan
12:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Great Lakes Month in Review: fracking, ballast water and petcoke

Current State contributor Gary Wilson explains that pet coke is the by-product of the tar sand petroleum being mined in Canada and throughout the northern tier of the United States.
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At the end of each month we check in 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 fracking, ballast water and petcoke.  

In July, Michigan residents watched as petcoke piled up along the Detroit River. Now residents in Chicago are scrutinizing rising piles of the waste product.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:24 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Isle Royale ecosystem tested by environmental changes

The rise in ticks may be attributed to warmer temperatures, which could be further evidence of global warming.
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The moose is one of the largest and most elusive land animals in North America. Moose were once found in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula, and now they’re concentrated in a few isolated areas of the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Current State #165 | September 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Detroit’s Water Renaissance: A river with old enemies and new allies

A Great Blue Heron shares a log with a turtle along the Rouge.
Karen Schaefer

Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

So far we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River, daylighting streams, rebuilding shorelines and the destruction of the Rouge River. Today we explore efforts to clean up the Rouge.

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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
12:48 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Detroit's Water Renaissance: The Rouge, a river in trouble

Fishing along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge, looking back at Rouge pollution.
Credit Karen Schaefer

  

Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery. Today we continue to explore Detroit’s waterfront: Challenges and opportunities  in our series Detroit’s Water Renaissance.

So far, we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River,  daylighting streams and rebuilding shorelines. Today we explore the Rouge River. The Rouge River in Detroit is one of Michigan's—and the Great Lakes—most polluted waterways.  Generations of air and water pollution from heavy industry near the mouth of the river contaminated its sediments and made it unsafe for fishing.  Upstream, dense urban populations have overwhelmed sewer and storm water systems, sometimes dumping raw sewage into the Rouge.  The result is a river in trouble. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Environmental advocate anticipates Michigan energy plan discussion

The Lansing Board of Water & Light announced last week, it will begin selling wind-generated electricity next year. James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, says the plan is a great development.
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Michigan's energy policy will become a hotter topic in the final months of 2013. Officials have held a series of energy public forums around the state this year. This Friday, Governor Rick Snyder will begin sharing the results with the public and the legislature. The legislature is expected to spend 2014 addressing state energy policy.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Current State #146 | August 27, 2013

Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Detroit's Water Renaissance: Rediscovering Detroit's lost waterways

A line of grates cover the outflow of Savoyard Creek. Before it was encased in pipes, the creek was navigable and used to carry building materials to the city center.
Emanuele Berry WKAR

Water attracted the early settlers of Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

Join us over these next five weeks, as our regular Tuesday Knight segment will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with Detroit’s waterfront through our series "Detroit's Water Renaissance."

Our first story goes back to the days before industrialization, when the city of Detroit was a maze of fresh waterways.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Tackling environmental issues crucial for Detroit's success

The report focuses on air and water quality issues, transportation, health and land use.
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This summer a coalition of Detroit based organization released the Detroit Environmental Agenda. The two-year project addresses improving quality of life through improving the environment. Guy Williams, President of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice joins Current State to discuss the report his organization helped compile. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:04 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Michigan's recycling rate is lowest in Great Lakes region

Michigan's recycling rate is the lowest among the Great Lake States.
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At 20 percent, Michigan's recycling rate is 10 percent lower than the regional average.  Many people around the state are hoping to change that.  In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder identified increasing Michigan's recycling rates as a priority for his administration.  Michigan Recycling Coalition executive director Kerrin O'Brien discusses what a comprehensive recycling plan might include. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity

State scientists argue the bill would be a setback for land conservation and harmful to the state's ecosystems.
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This past spring the Michigan Senate passed Bill 78, which prohibits state agencies from setting aside land to maintain biodiversity.  The bill has drawn strong criticism from various environmental groups.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:39 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The regulatory issues unearthed by fracking

The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Great Lakes has rare species of sturgeon

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If you go boating on the Great Lakes this summer, it might it surprise you to know that deep below you lives a rare species of fish that’s been around since the dinosaurs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Michigan's native plants are essential in preserving the state's ecosystem

a young Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).
Emanuele Berry WKAR

Cheryl English's yard in Detroit's East English Village stands out from the city's urban landscape like a green thumb. A gardening masterpiece, English uses many native plants, not only because of their beauty but because of their environmental benefits and crucial connection to Michigan's ecosystem.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Clean energy’s future on an international level

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program looks to educate business leaders and policy makers on the factors affecting utility investment in electric generation resources.
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According to the Pew Clean Energy Program, global energy consumption is expected to increase 35% over the next 25 years, with much of that from growing electricity use and expanding vehicle fleets.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Current State #110 | June 18, 2013

Today on Current State: Ingham County Land Bank; a tour of the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame; stocking fish in the Great Lakes; and Lord Huron, an indie rock band with local roots.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:53 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The history of fish stocking in the Great Lakes

Chinook salmon were introduced to the Great Lakes to control the abundant alewives population.
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Brown trout, Chinook and coho salmon  are all currently stocked in one or more of the Great Lakes, however none of these prized catches are native to the basin. These fish were stocked to help manage invasive species and to build a sport fishery.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:01 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Garlic mustard, an edible invasive species

Garlic Mustard while edible for humans is not eaten by mammals or insects.
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Garlic mustard is a Michigan non-native plant that turns up all over the state.  It out-competes native plants with its prolific number of seeds, blocking nutrients for surrounding species.  While edible for humans, the weed is not eaten by other mammals or insects.

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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
12:47 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Lead poisoning in children down in Detroit

In Detroit, older homes and soil can be contaminated by lead, resulting in neurological problems for children.
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A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.

Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Current State #43 | March 13, 2013

Today on Current State:  A debate on biodiversity and commerce in Michigan; the Lansing Jaycees features in Neighbors in ActionLansing City Pulse reporters on the LPD's missing cold case list; a Jackson ice cream institution reopens; and an Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins national acclaim. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Biodiversity and commerce in Michigan

A proposed bill making its way through the Michigan legislature aims to put tighter limits on the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission.

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