environment http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-countys-representatives-lansing-do-well-environmental-scorecard <p>Washtenaw County's legislative representatives continue to score highly in the Michigan League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Scorecard.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State Senator Rebekah Warren and Representatives David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke all scored 100 percent, while Representative Gretchen Driskell received an 85 percent rating.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Warren was singled out for her support of legislation to update and increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses.</p><p>Find the complete scorecard online:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:12:22 +0000 Bob Eccles 48547 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard 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 'Bee-Friendly' Plants May Actually Be Harmful To Bees http://wemu.org/post/bee-friendly-plants-may-actually-be-harmful-bees <p>Just because a plant is labeled as "bee friendly" doesn't mean it is.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>That's according to a new report from The Ecology Center, which partnered with the group "Friends of the Earth" to test plants sold as "bee friendly".&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:13:03 +0000 Bob Eccles 47808 at http://wemu.org 'Bee-Friendly' Plants May Actually Be Harmful To Bees 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 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Newly Proposed Michigan Regulations On Fracking http://wemu.org/post/1st-friday-focus-environment-newly-proposed-michigan-regulations-fracking <p>1st Friday Focus on the Environment is a monthly feature on 89.1 WEMU. Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak this month looks at newly proposed state regulations for the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The guest this month is fracking expert Jaque Rose. Rose is co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 46838 at http://wemu.org 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Newly Proposed Michigan Regulations On Fracking 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 EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases http://wemu.org/post/epa-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.<p>The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.<p><strong>Update at 10:45 a.m. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 46717 at http://wemu.org EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters http://wemu.org/post/when-it-rains-it-pours-local-efforts-contain-floodwaters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152003864&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 class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-description">Water is life-giving, but too much, too fast is destructive. Climate change is causing more severe rainstorms, creating challenges for both homeowners and municipal governments.</div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 46567 at http://wemu.org When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters 159 Acres In York Township To Be Preserved By Legacy Land Conservancy http://wemu.org/post/159-acres-york-township-be-preserved-legacy-land-conservancy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Legacy Land Conservancy is ensuring parts of York Township remain green for future generations.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The non-profit organization has signed an agreement with Kendall Rogers Farm that will preserve 159 acres of historic farm and forest land and prevent it from being sub-divided or developed for non-farming uses.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:55:44 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46489 at http://wemu.org 159 Acres In York Township To Be Preserved By Legacy Land Conservancy Ann Arbor Food Waste Program Shows Early Success http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-food-waste-program-shows-early-success <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor's expanded compost program is proving popular with the community.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since April, city residents have been allowed to add all plate scrapings to residential composting bins for pick-up. </span></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:57:39 +0000 David Fair & Taylor Pinson 45380 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Food Waste Program Shows Early Success Protecting Private Property Gas And Oil Exploration In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/protecting-private-property-gas-and-oil-exploration-washtenaw-county <p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:08:29 +0000 Patrik Holubik 45272 at http://wemu.org Protecting Private Property Gas And Oil Exploration In Washtenaw County The Green Room: Increasing Bus Ridership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Area http://wemu.org/post/green-room-increasing-bus-ridership-ann-arbor-ypsi-area <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146454753&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:35:11 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 44947 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Increasing Bus Ridership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Area 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 Earth Day Rally At U-M Focuses On Climate Change And Carbon Pollution http://wemu.org/post/earth-day-rally-u-m-focuses-climate-change-and-carbon-pollution <p>It's Earth Day, and there's a Climate Action Rally happening this afternoon on the University of Michigan campus.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan Clean Water Action, Ann Arbor 350 and organizing for Action-Michigan are hosting the rally.&nbsp;</p><p>Clean Water Action Campaigns Director Eric Keller says it's one of many events taking place across the state today.<br /><br />"People are coming together as individuals and communities to act on climate," Keller says, "and to protect everything that the earth has to offer, and to protect the Great Lakes today."</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:54:46 +0000 Bob Eccles & Laura Heffner 44755 at http://wemu.org Earth Day Rally At U-M Focuses On Climate Change And Carbon Pollution Dry Weather Helps Michigan Floodwaters Recede http://wemu.org/post/dry-weather-helps-michigan-floodwaters-recede <div>EVART, Mich. (AP) - Floodwaters are receding along rivers in Michigan's central and western Lower Peninsula, a trend that should continue with mostly dry weather in the forecast for the next several days.</div><div> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:10:35 +0000 Associated Press 44526 at http://wemu.org Dry Weather Helps Michigan Floodwaters Recede 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 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 The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/green-room-chimney-swifts-washtenaw-county <p>In nature, Chimney Swifts nest in large hollow trees, but when the logging of Michigan did away with those, the swifts adapted to large chimneys. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141882081&amp;color=00cc11&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe>Now, suitable chimneys are also in short supply, and Swift numbers are dwindling. &nbsp;In the March installment of&nbsp;<strong><em>The Green Room</em></strong>‚Äč, Barbara Lucas&nbsp;looks at what we can do to help out.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:13:57 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 43545 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County Study To Help Residents Of Great Lakes Region Deal With Changing Water Levels http://wemu.org/post/study-help-residents-great-lakes-region-deal-changing-water-levels <p>The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is launching a study to determine how best to help people in the Great Lakes region deal with changing water levels.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:36:18 +0000 Bob Eccles 43523 at http://wemu.org Study To Help Residents Of Great Lakes Region Deal With Changing Water Levels U-M Hosting Two-Day Environmental Conference, Examines Changing Great Lakes Water Levels http://wemu.org/post/u-m-hosting-two-day-environmental-conference-examines-changing-great-lakes-water-levels <p>Scientists and policy makers are descended on Ann Arbor Wednesday to focus the numerous challenges facing the Great Lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two-day conference is being hosted by the University of Michigan Biological Station and will focus on declining water levels and the effect of climate change on the Great Lakes.</span></p><p>Howard Lerner is the Executive Director of the&nbsp; Environmental Law &amp; Policy Center of Chicago, the group responsible for organizing the event.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:07:18 +0000 Taylor Pinson 43467 at http://wemu.org U-M Hosting Two-Day Environmental Conference, Examines Changing Great Lakes Water Levels 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 Michigan DEQ awards scrap tire cleanup grants http://wemu.org/post/michigan-deq-awards-scrap-tire-cleanup-grants <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is awarding $357,450 in grants for scrap tire cleanup projects.</div><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:04:13 +0000 Associated Press 42857 at http://wemu.org Michigan DEQ awards scrap tire cleanup grants 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 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: The Threat Of Oil Pipelines http://wemu.org/post/1st-friday-focus-environment-threat-oil-pipelines <p>Water is one of the most important natural resources in Michigan. As a Great Lakes state,&nbsp;perhaps it's the most important. We are also spoiled with an amazing network of inland lakes, rivers and streams that enhance our quality of life in a myriad of ways. So, protecting this resource is something we think about often. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Invasive species, pollution and water levels are some of the frequent conversations we engage in. What we discuss less frequently is vast number of oil pipelines that run through the state of Michigan near, and sometimes under our precious waterways. That's the topic in the March edition of </span>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>1st Friday Focus on the Environment. &nbsp;</strong></em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Listen Here:&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:22:10 +0000 David Fair 42471 at http://wemu.org 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: The Threat Of Oil Pipelines 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