Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org en Issues Of The Environment: Environmentally Responsible Boating http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-environmentally-responsible-boating <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: monospace;">Boaters Can Take Responsibility for Mitigation of Environmental Harm</span></strong></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158002096&amp;color=00cc11&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=false&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:56:04 +0000 David Fair 48503 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: Environmentally Responsible Boating Issues of the Environment: The I-75 'Green Corridor' And The Future Of Bio-fuels http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-i-75-green-corridor-and-future-bio-fuels <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;">Overview</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:33:33 +0000 David Fair 48195 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The I-75 'Green Corridor' And The Future Of Bio-fuels Deer Management In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/deer-management-ann-arbor <p>Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.</p><p>This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 47086 at http://wemu.org Deer Management In Ann Arbor Early Success With Ann Arbor's New Food Composting Program http://wemu.org/post/early-success-ann-arbors-new-food-composting-program <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152797940&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>Thousands have taken to the City of Ann Arbor's expanded composting program. It now allows residents to add all food scraps to their composting carts, and keeps the material out of landfills, benefiting the environment and, ultimately, the budget. WEMU's David Fair discusses the early successes of the program with Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator, Tom McMurtrie</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 46776 at http://wemu.org Early Success With Ann Arbor's New Food Composting Program Issues of the Environment: Mineral Rights Leases and Gas and Oil Exploration in Scio Township http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-mineral-rights-leases-and-gas-and-oil-exploration-scio-township <p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147239454&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;">Overview</span></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace;">Scio Twp residents living near the intersection of Zeeb and Dexter-Ann Arbor roads have received inquiries about leasing the mineral rights on their property from Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Company.</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:30:56 +0000 David Fair 45161 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Mineral Rights Leases and Gas and Oil Exploration in Scio Township Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Landscaping http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-sustainable-landscaping <p>In this week's installment of "<strong><em>Issues of the Environment</em></strong><em>," </em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>WEMU's&nbsp;David Fair talks with Drew Lathin about the environmental benefits of sustainable&nbsp;landscaping. Lathin is Principal Owner of <strong><a href="http://www.creatingsustainablelandscapes.com">Creating Sustainable Landscapes</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146103523&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:14:05 +0000 David Fair 44811 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Landscaping Issues of the Environment: Michigan's Recycling Future http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-michigans-recycling-future <p>Michigan ranks dead last among Great Lakes states when it comes to the rate of recycling. Governor Snyder Snyder is taking the first step forward to try and change Michigan's standing.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144987477&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's installment of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>&nbsp;Issues of &nbsp;the Environment,&nbsp;</strong></em>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;David Fair talks with Michigan Recycling Coalition Executive Director&nbsp;</span>Kerrin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>O'Brian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about where that first step may lead.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:17:10 +0000 David Fair 44452 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Michigan's Recycling Future Environmental Benefits To Passage Of Proposed Ann Arbor Area Transportation Millage http://wemu.org/post/environmental-benefits-passage-proposed-ann-arbor-area-transportation-millage <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144053170&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace;">Overview</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /><br style="font-family: monospace;" /><span style="font-family: monospace;">On&nbsp;</span><span class="Object" id="OBJ_PREFIX_DWT484_com_zimbra_date" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 139); cursor: pointer; font-family: monospace;">May 6th</span><span style="font-family: monospace;">, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will weigh in on a ballot proposal for new 0.7 mill property tax to pay for expanded public transportation services, primarily AAATA busing.</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:29:03 +0000 David Fair 44113 at http://wemu.org Environmental Benefits To Passage Of Proposed Ann Arbor Area Transportation Millage Potential Environmental Impact Of Proposed Sand Mine Near Chelsea http://wemu.org/post/potential-environmental-impact-proposed-sand-mine-near-chelsea <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A Ready-Mix concrete company,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mccoigmaterials.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">McCoig Materials</a>, is&nbsp;looking to open up a mine on a site north of Chelsea, between the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. The area has numerous bodies of water and natural areas that could be impacted by the move. McCoig wants to operate the mine for 22 to 30 years and remove 11 million tons of sand and gravel.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This week on 89.1 WEMU's Issues of the Environment,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">Dr. Lynn Walter, Professor </span>Emerita<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"> of Geology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the environmental impacts of sand mining and the controversial operation proposed for Lyndon and </span>Scio<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"> Townships.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142704739&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:41:49 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Patrick Campion 43791 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The Impact of Road Salt in the Huron River Watershed http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-impact-road-salt-huron-river-watershed <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141534778&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><span style="font-family: monospace;">Overview</span></strong></p><ul><li><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Washtenaw<span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"> County Road Commission reports laying down 50% more road salt this winter than last year and using twice as much as in 2012.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-family: monospace;">Although thus far no ill effects from salt in Huron River watershed have been detected, road salt has a number of environmentally destructive effects impacting water, soil, wildlife, and public health, and if extreme winter weather conditions become the norm the effects could escalate.</span></span></li><li><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-family: monospace;"><span style="font-family: monospace;">Ric Lawson, Watershed Planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, implements watershed plans in Washtenaw County and monitors water quality for salt and other sediments in our waterways.</span></span></span></li></ul><p><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:27:57 +0000 David Fair 43407 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The Impact of Road Salt in the Huron River Watershed Issues of the Environment: Proposed Regulations To Help Remediate Pall-Gelman Dioxane Plume http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-proposed-regulations-help-remediate-pall-gelman-dioxane-plume <p></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139221307&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace;">As Concerns About the Pall/Gelman Plume Linger, Rep. Jeff Irwin Pushes House Bill to Require the MDEQ to Align Contaminate Clean-up Standards with EPA Standards</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:57:25 +0000 David Fair 42696 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Proposed Regulations To Help Remediate Pall-Gelman Dioxane Plume Issues of the Environment: The Snowy Owls in Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-snowy-owls-washtenaw-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138087769&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:33:53 +0000 David Fair 42380 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The Snowy Owls in Washtenaw County What are the Benefits of a Harsh Winter? http://wemu.org/post/what-are-benefits-harsh-winter <p>There has to be some good that comes from all of the snow, ice and frigid temperatures, right?&nbsp; In this week's installment of <strong><em>Issues of the Environment, </em></strong>WEMU's David Fair explores how the environment may benefit from these conditions, come the spring and summer.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:42:35 +0000 David Fair 42082 at http://wemu.org What are the Benefits of a Harsh Winter? Issues Of The Environment: Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor Water http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-pharmaceuticals-ann-arbor-water <p>Drinking tap water in Ann Arbor is common practice. It rates rather highly in terms of quality and taste, and most find it difficult to tell the difference between city water and bottled water. Many may not know that research shows pharmaceutical drugs are making it into the water supply.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135878125&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In this week's "Issues of the Environment"&nbsp; 89.1 WEMU's David Fair explores the issue and what it may mean for you. The guest this week is Larry Sanford, the city of Ann Arbors' Assistant Manager of Water Treatment Services.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:12:14 +0000 David Fair 41752 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor Water Ford and University of Michigan's car battery research seeks to be the future of battery technology http://wemu.org/post/ford-and-university-michigans-car-battery-research-seeks-be-future-battery-technology <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> <meta content="http://www.freep.com/article/20131014/BUSINESS0102/310140012/Ford-university-of-michigan-battery-lab" name="standout" /> </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> <meta content="Batteries, Michigan, Ford Motor Company" name="news_keywords" /> </p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>On this week's <em>Issues of the Environment</em>, Andy Drews, Technical Specialist at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, discusses Ford's partnership with the University of Michigan for car battery research and the future of car batteries and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">electric cars in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County.</span></p><div>Listen to the extended interview here:<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134418737&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></div><div> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:17:20 +0000 Patrick Campion 41460 at http://wemu.org Ford and University of Michigan's car battery research seeks to be the future of battery technology Issues of the Environment: Expect More Snow And Frigid Temperatures To Come http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-expect-more-snow-and-frigid-temperatures-come <div>Had enough of the cold and snow already? It has been the snowiest January in this area in history. Add in the polar vortex and frigid temperatures, and it's been a somewhat trying winter. Why is it happening, and will it continue to happen in winters to come?&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132042908&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This week on <em>Issues of the Environment</em>&nbsp;our&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">guest is &nbsp;<a href="http://www.emich.edu/iess/faculty.php">Dr. Tom </a></span><a href="http://www.emich.edu/iess/faculty.php">Kovacs,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Associate Professor of Meteorology at Eastern Michigan University.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Kovaks teaches courses on the effects of climate change on weather and will discuss the consequences for our county.</span></div><div> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:35:15 +0000 David Fair 40834 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Expect More Snow And Frigid Temperatures To Come Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-habitat-humanity-stewards-energy-savings <p>This week the discussion centers around dispelling the myths of affordable housing. New affordable housing is often equated with being "cheaply built." &nbsp;We didn't have a definitive answer on the subject, so we went looking. We found that quite opposite is true. &nbsp;</p><p>Our guest this week builds affordable homes in the Metro Detroit Region; quality and efficiency is what makes them affordable.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rob Nissly, Housing Director for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will discuss the connection between reigning in energy costs and homeownership for lower income residents of </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130817192&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:22:39 +0000 David Fair 40498 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings Issues of the Environment: Taking Care of Holiday Electronic Waste http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-taking-care-holiday-electronic-waste <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129887364&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're halfway through the first month of 2014, and many of the those New Year resolutions have already fallen by the wayside....</span></p><p>With the New Year in mind, it's really never too late to consider new resolution and perhaps some that benefit the environment. &nbsp;Sometimes it's the small things. Everyone pitching in can make a difference. &nbsp;Melissa Sargent of Local Motion Green at the Ecology Center is our guest this week, helping identify some of those small personal actions we can take on as&nbsp; new year resolutions to help create a healthier and more sustainable environment.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:34:13 +0000 editor 40308 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Taking Care of Holiday Electronic Waste Issues of the Environment: Downtown Development in Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-downtown-development-ann-arbor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's installment of&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Issues of the Environment,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;David Fair talks with Susan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pollay</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about development in downtown Ann Arbor and how it fits into a more sustainable future for the city. Susan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pollay</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is Executive Director of the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://a2dda.org" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.</a>&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125436570&amp;color=5fff00&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:41:20 +0000 David Fair 39174 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Downtown Development in Ann Arbor Issues of the Environment: Mayor Hieftje Talks Public Transit in SE Michigan http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-mayor-hieftje-talks-public-transit-se-michigan <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary"> <meta name="twitter:site" content="@WEMU891"> <meta name="twitter:creator" content="@DavidFairWEMU"> <meta name="og:image" content="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/spacer.gif"> <meta name="og:description" content="Among the most debated issues in Ann Arbor and the Southeast Michigan region, is the matter of public transportation. What should we be working towards,"> <meta name="og:title" content="Issues of the Environment: Mayor Hieftje Talks Public Transit in SE Michigan"> <meta name="twitter:url" content="http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-mayor-hieftje-talks-public-transit-se-michigan"> <meta name="twitter:domain" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:iphone" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:ipad" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:googleplay" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:iphone" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:ipad" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:googleplay" content=""><div>Among the most debated issues in Ann Arbor and the Southeast Michigan region, is the matter of public transportation. What should we be working towards, what should public transit of the future look like, what elements should it contain….and of course: how do we pay for it all?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These are questions debated on a regular basis at Ann Arbor City Council, and our guest this morning is in the middle of all of it. John Hieftje is the Mayor of Ann Arbor.</div><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:42:15 +0000 David Fair 38970 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Recycle Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-recycle-ann-arbor <p>This week, the conversation centers on recycling in Washtenaw County. Our guest&nbsp; is Christine Chessler-Stull,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.recycleannarbor.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><strong>Recycle Ann Arbor’s</strong></em>&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Outreach &amp; Zero Waste Coordinator.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We will explore a variety of recycle-centric topics and discuss some new programs Recycle Ann Arbor rolled out this year to benefit all Washtenaw County residents, not just those in Ann Arbor.</p><p><strong>Listen to the full report:&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p><a href="http://wemu.org/programs/isues-environment"><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Issues of the Environment&nbsp;</strong></em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a regular feature, heard each Wednesday at 8:</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">20am</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;during&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Morning Edition</strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on 89.1&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Each week, David Fair invites an expert to join him in conversation about an environmental issue of local importance.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:28:52 +0000 David Fair 38549 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Recycle Ann Arbor Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-ann-arbors-climate-action-plan <p>The climate is changing. The evidence is clear. It's no longer a matter of whether we need to prepare, but instead, how we need to prepare. In this week's installment of WEMU's&nbsp;<em>Issues of the Environment</em>, David Fair talks with Matt Naud. Matt is the City of Ann Arbor's Environmental&nbsp; Coordinator, and has been right in the middle of the city's efforts to adopt a pro-active Climate Action Plan.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:42:51 +0000 David Fair 38346 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan Issues of the Environment: Ypsilanti's Water Street Property http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-ypsilantis-water-street-property <p>WEMU's&nbsp;<em>Issues of the Environment</em>&nbsp;is a weekly feature and is heard each Wednesday at 8:20am, as part of <em>Morning Edition</em>.</p><p>In this week's installment,&nbsp; WEMU's David Fair is joined by Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti. The city has been looking to re-purpose the 38-acre water Street property since 199, and now there is it looks as though there will be development in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>The land has required some environmental remediation, and any new development will have to meet Ypsilanti's Master Plan goals. And, of course, it must ensure the health of the Huron River. Listen below as David and Teresa look at the environmental issues surrounding Ypsilanti's Water Street property.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:00:16 +0000 David Fair 37991 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Ypsilanti's Water Street Property Issues of the Environment: Global Helium Shortage http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-global-helium-shortage <p>In this week's installment of <em>Issues of the Environment</em>,&nbsp;WEMU's David Fair looks into the global helium shortage.&nbsp;</p><p>To help us better understand helium gas, it's uses and the potential ramifications of running out of this non-renewable resource, David spoke with Eastern Michigan University Chemistry Professor Dr. Gregg&nbsp;Wilmes.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:34:45 +0000 David Fair 37666 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Global Helium Shortage Issues of the Environment: Water and Sewer Issues in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-water-and-sewer-issues-ann-arbor-and-washtenaw-county <p>In this week's edition of WEMU's "Issues of the Environment", David Fair talks with <a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/drain_commissioner">Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner</a>,&nbsp;Evan Pratt.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-stormwater-and-sewer-infrastructure-ann-arbor"><strong>This interview is a follow-up to an earlier conversation with Jennifer Lawson</strong></a>, Water Quality Manager for Ann Arbor, that followed the large sewage spill into the Huron River in June or 2013. Evan will address the fact that several spills have occurred since then and talk about projects that Washtenaw County is working on to update the water treatment system.<br /><br /><strong>Overview</strong></p><ul><li>There have been at least four breaches of the water treatment system in Ann Arbor since this summer.</li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These spill have prompted concerns that </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County’s aging water treatment network and sewage system may not be robust enough to handle the demands of </span><span class="Object" id="OBJ_PREFIX_DWT348_com_zimbra_date" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span class="Object" id="OBJ_PREFIX_DWT349_com_zimbra_date">today</span></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s residents.</span></li></ul><p>Listen to "Issues of the Environment" with David Fair and Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner Evan Pratt below.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:54:18 +0000 David Fair 37356 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Water and Sewer Issues in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County