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Issues Of The Environment: Improving Water Quality In Ypsilanti Township’s Ford Lake

After decades of foul-smelling and toxin-producing algae blooms, Ford Lake has enjoyed several bloom-less years. In this week’s “Issues of the Environment” David Fair talks to the man who figured out how to prevent the blooms. Listen to the conversation with Dr. John Lehman, professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, about his work to improve water quality on the 975-acre, man-made lake.

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Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy. We explore the driving force behind one of state's strongest cultural hubs.
Every Monday morning, the director of the CivCity Initiative and David Fair uncover the various ways residents can become more engaged in Washtenaw County.
We introduce you to some of the unique things that comprise who we are as a community and yet, you may not be at all familiar with them.
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Back in March, the Trump Administration issued its budget recommendations that included a more 30% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency.  As part of the funding reductions, the Sea Grant program faced potential elimination.  As WEMU’s David Fair found out, the director of the Michigan Sea Grant Program has maintained faith the work will continue with financial support. For the latest, listen to this week’s “Issues of the Environment” conversation with Dr. James Diana


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It was a relatively light day at the ballot box Tuesday in Washtenaw County.  In the end, all ballot issues passed, and one incumbent lost in the four, contested primary races for Ann Arbor City Council. 

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There were four Ann Arbor City Council incumbents on Tuesday's primary election ballot.  Three of them have advanced to the November ballot. 


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After narrowly defeating a similar proposal one year ago, Ypsilanti voters have approved a millage increase to pay off debt from the failed Water Street redevelopment project. 


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The Michigan State Board of Education deadlocked along party lines Tuesday on a model student code of conduct.  The major issue was protecting students from discrimination based on their gender identity.


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August 21st is the day there will be a total eclipse of the sun in North America.  Locally, it will be seen as a partial eclipse with 85 to 90 percent of the sun covered by the moon in the early afternoon.  There are several local watching events, including at the Ypsilanti District Library.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Molly Beedon, youth services librarian for the Ypsilanti District Library, who talks about the NASA expert coming to speak on the day of the eclipse and that they have special eclipse watching glasses they are giving away.


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Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU will explore the people, places and things that serve as the driving force behind one of Michigan's strongest cultural hubs.


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State agencies have weighed in on the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.


Primary elections day is Tuesday and there are five communities in Washtenaw County headed to the polls. However, turnout is only expected to be in the 12-13 percent range. In this week's edition of "Civic Matters" WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative discuss a variety of issues, including what appears to be a decline in civic engagement. 


A great musician never forgets the early life lessons that shaped them.  Chris Collins, Artistic Director of The Detroit Jazz Festival has never forgotten and now carries on the Detroit jazz tradition of teaching and mentoring the next generations of jazz musicians.  Chris talked with me this morning about what mentoring and creating music with aspiring players means to him.  


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There's a telling photo that has gotten some attention in social media following Steve Bannon's exit as President Trump's chief strategist. (You can see it above.)

It shows President Trump behind the desk in the Oval Office, surrounded by his top advisers – seated are Vice President Pence and National Security Adviser Mike Flynn; standing, from left to right are Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon and Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

That was Jan. 28, eight days after Trump was inaugurated.

Today, they are all gone, except for Pence.

Brace yourselves, North America — we're about to get mooned. Or, more accurately, eclipsed.

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