12:25 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

UM researcher says microplastics could threaten Great Lakes fish

University of Michigan researcher Melissa Duhaime
Credit http://www-personal.umich.edu/

Take a look in your medicine cabinet or your shower and you’re likely to find microbeads. Those are the small plastic spheres used as exfoliants in products like face wash or toothpaste. The tiny beads have been big news since scientists found them showing up in the Great Lakes several years ago. Last week, Michigan became the latest state to introduce legislation that would ban products containing microbeads.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ingham official: 'Renaissance' development is "marriage made in heaven"

Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Developers are about to become the owners of 30 acres of city land straddling Lansing and East Lansing. Monday evening, the Lansing City Council approved the sale of the former Red Cedar Golf Course property to Ferguson/Continental Lansing LLC. Developer Joel Ferguson and his partner Frank Kass want to build a $276-million complex at the site that could include a ten-story hotel, restaurant and housing. Part of the site would remain green space.

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11:43 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Are prescription drugs harming Great Lakes fish?

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Rebecca Klaper
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Lots of things end up in Great Lakes that shouldn’t be there. Plastic bottles and microbeads, fertilizer runoff from farm fields, and invasive species are only a few. Now, add to that list prescription drugs. Researchers are increasingly worried about how chemicals from prescription medication could be impacting aquatic wildlife.

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11:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Researchers eye spread of invasive faucet snails

Faucet snails are appearing along the Great Lakes coasts.
Credit Courtesy Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth

The populations of an invasive snail in the Great Lakes may be increasing, according to a new study. Researchers from ten universities including Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University have found “faucet snails” in more areas along the Great Lakes coastline than experts previously thought.

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11:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New project focuses on watersheds, green infrastructure

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The water cycle is pretty simple. Evaporation. Condensation. Precipitation. But when urban areas filled with buildings and parking lots get in the way, the cycle gets interrupted, and that can cause all sorts of problems, from flooding basements to sewer overflows.

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11:02 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Michigan communities grapple with upgrading water infrastructure

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant
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Michigan has its share of infrastructure issues. You probably notice it most when you’re dodging potholes in your car. But while road funding has been a hot topic lately, the state has plenty of other pressing infrastructure needs. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that Michigan will need to invest around $15-billion in its drinking and waste water systems over the next 20 years.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:26 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Dragon boat races return to Lansing's riverfront

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This weekend in Lansing, boaters and rowers enact an ornate tradition dating back millennia: dragon boating. Dragon boats are long, decorated watercraft with up to 20 paddlers.

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12:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: What's next for Big Ag in fight against algae blooms?

In the wake of another massive algae bloom in Lake Erie, farmers in the Great Lakes Basin are trying to convey message that they will regulate their own use of fertilizers in order to avoid more government regulation.
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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 the Toledo water crisis, which was in the news for several weeks this month, and could be again.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Paddling pioneer discusses life on the water

Janet Moreland completed the kayak journey alone, but made countless friends along the way.
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Last year, Janet Moreland became a legend in the world of kayaking. She became the first woman ever to solo paddle what’s called "Source to Sea," the full length of Missouri River-Mississippi River system, from Brower’s Spring, Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. The 38-hundred mile journey took almost eight months to complete.

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12:32 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

A wealth of water could shape Detroit's future

A view of Lake St. Clair
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While the city of Detroit works to overcome its financial troubles, some see a bright future for the city because of  Detroit’s location.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Study: U.S. water infrastructure loses billions of gallons daily

Credit Flickr/Kelli BrosnahanAccording to the report, everyday nearly six billion gallons of treated water is lost.Edit | Remove

In the Great Lakes region, we are protective of our water. Concern has been expressed over low lake levels, the amount of water being used for fracking, and diverting water to Waukesha, Wisconsin. But little is known about the loss of treated water in the region.

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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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