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For our Great Lakes Month in Review, we update a pair of November’s top stories: Nestlé's request for more groundwater from Mecosta County and Michigan’s declaration of Lake Erie as “impaired.”


Lake Erie algae photo
Courtesy photo / NWF Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.


East Lansing/Holt boys water polo team building program, character

Nov 12, 2016
Ashley Gibbard / WKAR's "Current Sports"

EAST LANSING, Mich. – East Lansing high school shares something in common with only 37 other high schools in Michigan: fielding a water polo team. The school combined with Holt high school to start the Holt/EL water polo club 12 years ago, leaving some students wondering what  the somewhat-unfamiliar sport was all about.

Christopher Taylor photo
Courtesy photo / City of Ann Arbor

For years, Ann Arbor has been cleaning up a potential carcinogen that was detected in parts of its groundwater. Last Thursday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality toughened standards for the chemical 1,4 Dioxane. We ask Ann Arbor’s mayor for his response to the DEQ’s change and what it means going forward.


View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Work continues in Flint as crews replace lead-tainted pipes that supply water to hundreds of homes. We talk with retired Brigadier General Mike McDaniel, the man tapped to coordinate Flint’s FAST Start program.


New Zealand mud snails photo
Robyn Draheim / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

An invasive snail, the New Zealand Mud Snail, appears to be spreading quickly in Michigan’s Au Sable River. An organization representing Michigan anglers is unhappy with the state’s response. We talk with Tom Baird of the Au Sable Anglers.


East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Facility photo
Courtesy photo / City of East Lansing

The Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant's permit four years after it expired. We discuss the delay with Alice Dreger of Eastlansinginfo.org.


Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A bi-national group of Great Lakes mayors wants its governors and premiers to reverse a decision to allow Waukesha Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan. We review that environmental story and others coming up on Current State’s Great Lakes Month in Review.


Michigan is blessed with a lot of water, but how exactly do we use all of it? We talk with MLive reporter Garret Ellison about his recent deep dive into Michigan water use data.


WKAR File Photo

Professor Marc Edwards has become renowned as the leader of the Flint Water Team, the nearly 40 member group of civil engineering students and staff from Virginia Tech University.

Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

All eight of the Great Lakes states have given their blessing to the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to tap Lake Michigan for it's water supply. We talk with Great Lake commentator Gary Wilson and Grant Trigger, Michigan's representative to the talks.


Great Lakes shoreline
Lloyd Degrane

Later this month, Governors of the Great Lakes states will decide on a proposed Lake Michigan water diversion. Environmentalists and other opponents say the community of Waukesha has options that are being dismissed. We talk with one of those opponents.


Waukesha Lake Michigan diversion image
City of Waukesha, Wisconsin

Great Lakes governors will decide in a couple of weeks whether to approve a diversion of  Lake Michigan water to Waukesha, Wisconsin. That city’s water is contaminated with radium. A Waukesha water official explains why the diversion is justified.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A Wisconsin city wants to divert water from Lake Michigan because it’s own drinking water supply is contaminated. Now, the city of Waukesha is one step closer to its goal. We get the latest on the Waukesha water diversion issue and others with commentator Gary Wilson. He joins us for the May edition of Great Lakes Month in Review.


Plumber's union sign
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The national executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO is coming to Flint this week to rally the troops repairing the city’s water lines. Current State’s Kevin Lavery spends time with three Lansing plumbers as they canvass the city installing faucets and filters for free.

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