1st Friday Focus on the Environment

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The response to the water crisis in Flint is growing on a daily basis. In this month's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak talks with a scientist who is working at short and long term solutions from the center of the crisis.  Marty Kauffman is a Professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, specializing in water resources, urban groundwater contamination and sustainable systems. 


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On this 1st day of 2016, Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks to former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell. In this January edition of WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment,' they discuss the politics of environmental stewardship and climate change.   


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The United Nations 2015 Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France is wrapping up.  In the December installment of '1st Friday Focus on the Environment,' the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters explores how the conversations in Europe  may translate to action here in Michigan.

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In the October edition of 89.1 WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment, we spoke with Yousef Rabhi about a variety of topics. The Washtenaw County Commissioner wants to take his experience to Lansing and take over the seat currently held by term-limited Democratic state representative Jeff Irwin,  Jeff Irwin.

From a desire to reduce Michigan's dependence on fossil fuels, to efforts to remove a controversial pipeline from under the Straits of Macinac to the politics that pose a challenge to effective legislation.

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The water crisis in Flint has reverberated throughout the state of Michigan.  Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) joins Lisa Wozniak to discuss Michigan's drinking water situation. 

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The Hip-Hop Caucus brings its Act on Climate national bus tour to Dearborn today. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Hip Hop Caucus President, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, joins Lisa Wozniak to discuss the activist movement and its goals. 

  

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The Lake Erie algae blooms in 2015  are already bigger than those in 2014. What has been done? What needs to be done? Will it get done? Find out in this month's edition of 89.1 WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment.' 


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Find out how deeply Michigan's environmental and economic future  are tied to the health and abundance of our waters. 


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A recent announcement stands to provide further protections for our waters. In this month's '1st Friday Focus  on the Environment,' host Lisa Wozniak talks with University of Michigan Water Center Director Jennifer Read about what the announcement means and where it applies. 


Energy Policy is front and center at the Michigan Capitol, with competing proposals under consideration. Where are we, and where are we headed? Lisa Wozniak seeks answers to those questions from Valerie Bader, the Executive Director for the Michigan Agency for Energy. Listen below. 


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Lisa Wozniak explores issues facing the Great Lakes in the near and long term. Her guest on 89.1 WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment is Mike Shriberg, the newly appointed Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center. 


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With 2015 just getting underway, the list of challenges facing the health and sustainability of the Great Lakes continues to grow. In WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environemnt', host Lisa Wozniak will explore those issues and try and identify solutions. Listen below. 


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The Pope will soon weigh in on Climate Change and the importance of the environment in religion.  In this month's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment,  Lisa Wozniak talks with ConservAmerica Executive Director Rob Sisson. He is a Republican and a Catholic, and weighs in on how the Pope's environmental encyclical will be received. 


  Lisa Wozniak, the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, speaks with Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network about money that poured into our state during the latest election cycle.

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There is an ongoing effort to create underground storage casks for nuclear waste, and to construct them near the shores of Lake Huron. Now, a Michigan Congressman is drumming up support for legislation that would prevent such an endeavor. That's the topic on the October edition of 89.1 WEMU's "First Friday Focus on the Environment."  

  

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Another summer of algae blooms in Lake Erie further points to the need for Conservationists and Agri-Business to work together. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, you'll where that's happening in Michigan, and what more needs to be done.   

  

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Ann Arbor is home to one of the nation's two net-zero energy homes. Its owner is Matt Grocoff. Listen below as Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks with Matt about sustainability and moving this area, and the nation, towards a new energy future. 

  

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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.

    

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Lyndon Township officials will soon be tasked with deciding upon a special land-use permit which would allow for  a new gravel and mining pit. 

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Water is one of the most important natural resources in Michigan. As a Great Lakes state, 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.  

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 WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.  

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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.


Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

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.


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Senator Debbie Stabenow joins David Fair and Lisa Wozniak as our guest on the 1st Friday Focus on the Environment on WEMU 89.1 FM. Our topic? The Farm Bill, stalled in the House even before the government shut down.

Listen to the full discussion here:


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 The massive pile of black refinery waste that has sat alongside the banks of the Detoit River is gone. The 'Pet Coke' , as it's called, is the waste that's left after heave tar-sands oil is refine. It is not considered hazardous, but it does violate portions of the Clean Air act when it becomes airborne. 

Throughout Detroit and Windsor, the airborne residue can be found throughout nearby neighborhoods.  

Listen in as we focus on the effects of exposure of Pet Coke and the regulations to protect the health of 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."


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