Issues of the Environment

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Find Issues of the Environment each week on 89.1 WEMU.

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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:17am

    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. 

    In this week's installment of  Issues of  the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Recycling Coalition Executive Director Kerrin O'Brian about where that first step may lead. 

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:29am

      

    Overview

    On May 6th, 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.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:41am

    A Ready-Mix concrete company, McCoig Materials, is 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. 

    This week on 89.1 WEMU's Issues of the Environment, Dr. Lynn Walter, Professor Emerita of Geology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the environmental impacts of sand mining and the controversial operation proposed for Lyndon and Scio Townships.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:27am

        

    Overview

    • The Washtenaw County Road Commission reports laying down 50% more road salt this winter than last year and using twice as much as in 2012.
    • 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.
    • 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.


  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:57am

        

    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

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Environment
9:26 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Reducing waste and energy use on a major college campus.  This week's guest on Issues of the Environment is Eastern Michigan University's Manager of Energy and Sustainability, Stephen Moore.

Environment
9:09 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Building rain gardens to protect our rivers and streams.  Susan Bryan from the Washtenaw Water Resource Commissioner's office is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
9:18 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Issues of the Environment

There's an incredible amount of waste in the production and delivery of food in America.  Find out more on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Environment
8:50 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Series on local food movement continues.  

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Environment
8:50 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Growing the local food movement.  Our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU is Jane Bush, owner of Apple Schram Orchard near Lansing, and a business development consultant for food and farm systems.

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