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Sea lamprey photo
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Scientists at Michigan State University are hoping to use the mating pheromone of the sea lamprey to help eradicate the species from the region. We learn more from Michael Wagner from the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.


Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team photo
Courtesy photo / Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team

Virginia Tech water scientist Marc Edwards has emerged as one of the heroes of the Flint water crisis.

Robert Kleine and Jim Ananich
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Flint State Sen. Jim Ananich may be the legislature’s harshest critic of the Snyder administration’s handling of the city’s water crisis. 

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The Flint water crisis is an environmental story that highlights the risks of taking natural resources like drinking water for granted.


Gov. Rick Snyder photo
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Scrutiny on Gov. Rick Snyder has intensified as his administration struggles to keep up with the fallout from the Flint water debacle. His signature on a campaign finance bill that some criticize as a gag order” has drawn more attention. We talk about those stories and others with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.


Jon Allen photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Office of the Great Lakes

Governors of the eight Great Lakes States will soon have to decide wheter or not to allow the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to start drawing its water from Lake Michigan. The city says its water supply is tainted by radium and that Lake Michigan water is its only viable alternative, but some environmentalists worry about setting a precedent for cities outside of the basin using Great Lakes Water. We talk with Jon Allan of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

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Asian Carp
Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

A new study says Asian carp could make up one-third of the fish weight of Lake Erie if the species make their way into the lake. Despite that ominous sounding statistic, the study also suggests the impact may  be less destructive than expected. We talk with study co-author Ed Rutherford of Ann Arbor’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.


Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Dr. Karen Weaver was sworn in as the new mayor of Flint just over two weeks ago. The first female mayor in the city’s history has a lot on her plate, from lead-contaminated drinking water to the struggle to free her city from state oversight. We talk with Mayor Weaver about her plan to tackle these and other challenges.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

We check in with Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about November’s biggest environmental stories, including the legal consequences of Flint’s water crisis and Michigan’s stake in the upcoming Paris climate summit.


lake trout photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region / flickr creative commons

Proponents say expanding the aquaculture industry could be an economic boon for the state, but some environmentalists worry that it could have an impact on water quality and wild fish populations. We talk with Dan Vogler of Harietta Hills Trout Farm and Bryan Burroughs of Michigan Trout Unlimited.


Porcupine Mountains stream photo
Robert Emperley / flickr creative commons

The Michigan Farm Bureau is joining a lawsuit including two other states in an action against the Environmental Protection Agency. Current State speaks with the Farm Bureau’s Laura Campbell.


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We talk to Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about October’s biggest environmental stories, including Flint’s water crisis and how Canada’s recent election could impact the Great Lakes.

Dan Wyant photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


Underwater hockey team is more than a fun curiosity

Oct 8, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. – They’re singing and dancing, wearing Speedos and snorkels, strutting around Sparticipation with a line longer than any other booth. They’re quick to draw the eye and the interest, using flashy demeanor to stand out.

They are the Michigan State underwater hockey team, and they’re in search of rookies.

The club, founded in 2007, fields a co-ed roster with high hopes of returning to nationals in 2016.

Flickr/Michigan Municipal League

Michigan officials are admitting they have “changed paths” regarding the safety of drinking water in Flint.  A state government effort is now underway to address unsafe levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.  

Late last week, Genesee County health authorities declared a public health emergency after learning that drinking water in some parts of the city contains several times the levels of lead it should.   Lead poses a variety of serious health risks, especially to young people.

Reports say tens of thousands of homes in the city have lead issues.

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