This month on 89.1 WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment, we we will explore a growing threat in the region - Asian Carp. We look into its growing threat of expanding territories to the world's greatest freshwater resource, the Great Lakes.
The Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission, Tim Eder joins us to talk about the issue and what can be done to establish a long-term solution.
On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition Host David Fair partners with Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. Together they invite a guest to spend 20-minutes discuss a topic of environmental importance.
This month, our guest is Dan Scripps. Dan is a former State Representative and current President of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Today's conversation centers on progress that has been made in both energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in the state, where we are going next, and how we'll get there.
Michigan's Energy Future: That's the topic on WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment.
On the 1st Friday of every month, WEMU allots nearly 20-minutes to dedicate to a topic of environemtnal importance.
David Fair co-hosts the segment with Lisa Wozniak. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Their guest, this time around, is Jacque Rose, and the topic of discussion is the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
Jacque is a paralegal who has specialized in civil litigation in Michigan for 27 years. She first became interested in fracking related issues when land leasing agents descended on the tri-county area of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed in Northeast Michigan where she resides, especially in connection with potential threats to water resources. She co-founded the Friends of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed: a volunteer group dedicated to educating the public and government officials responsibly about the potential risks associated with deep shale high volume hydraulic fracturing. The group gives presentations, holds public meeting forums, and provides research materials and information to other groups throughout Michigan concerned with fracking issues. Jacque's leadership and activism has landed her a nickname: "The Erin Brockovich of Fracking."
The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough? This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes. Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.
A study on food insecurity by the University of Michigan is underway. The study is directed by Dr. Dorceta Taylor, professor of environmental sociology at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and she's our guest on this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.
This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU is an in-depth examination of Propsoal 3 on the November 6th Michigan Ballot, more commonly known as the 25X25 proposal for renewable energy. The guests are Steve Transeth and Doug Jester. Transeth is a spokesperson for the group Clean Affordable Renewable Energy, which opposes proposal 3. Jester is a principal at the strategy and consulting firm 5-Lakes Energy. Jester speaks in favor of proposal 3.