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Arbor Woods
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Preserving natural parks has been a part of Washtenaw County's environmental mission, and a tax millage has made that possible.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to James D’Amour, Executive Committee Vice Chair for the Sierra Club of Huron Valley's Michigan Chapter, about how the funding model for the program could change. 


Ann Arbor
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Ann Arbor has always championed public transportation, due to its benefits for the environment.  But certain standards still must be met.   In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Eli Cooper, Transportation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor, about an environmental assessment report on a proposed train depot for Ann Arbor.


Courtesy Photo / facebook.com/veridianatcountyfarm/

Back in August of 2017, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners agreed, in principle, to sell a county-owned parcel of land in Ann Arbor for a development to be known as, "Verdian at County Farm."  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith about how this project will affect Washtenaw County's overall sustainability.


Water
Steven DePolo / flickr.com

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Ann Arbor 9th grader Yousef Emara, who took an environmental school project a step further by petitioning the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to limit Nestle's water-pumping activities in Michigan.


Ford Lake
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

After decades of foul-smelling and toxin-producing algae blooms, Ford Lake has enjoyed several bloom-less years.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment” David Fair talks to the man who figured out how to prevent the blooms.  Listen to the conversation with Dr. John Lehman, professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, about his work to improve water quality on the 975-acre, man-made lake. 


Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Michigan would generate 50% of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2035 and greatly reduce energy waste under legislation under consideration in Lansing.  The package of bills aims to reduce energy costs, create jobs and build upon recently enacted energy laws.  In this month’s edition on “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair discusses the issues with the Government Affairs Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Charlotte Jameson and with 52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township), who is a co-sponsor of the house bills. 


Air Quality
Tony Webster / flickr.com

It has been a rather warm 2017 summer.  So far, there have been four Air Quality Alert, or Ozone Action Days, recorded.  These are days that pose heightened environmental and public health risks.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair learns more about the region's air quality in a conversation with the Senior Meteorologist for the Michigan Departmentt of Environmental Quality - Air Quality Division, Jim Haywood


Landfill
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

More local events organizers are choosing to utilize the services of "Zero Waste Washtenaw" and move towards a day when absolutely none of the waste generated ends up in a landfill.  In this week’s edition of  "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’S David Fair gets an update on progress in a conversation with Noelle Bowman, a Washtenaw County Solid Waste Program Specialist. 


Straits of Mackinac
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny. 


Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The former mayor of Saline and two-term State Representative Gretchen Driskell formally announced Wednesday she is running for Congress again in 2018.  She's running for the 7th Congressional District seat against incumbent Tim Wahlberg.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Driskell about her campaign announcement.


Solar Array
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," we talk with Jennifer Young, Project Manager at Michigan Interfaith Power and Light.  The group is working to get houses of worship in Ann Arbor to 'go solar.' 


Huron River Watershed Council / hrwc.org

The Peninsular Paper Dam in Ypsilanti once provided hydro-electric power to the area.  Those days are long gone, and some believe it’s time remove the structure from the Huron River. This week, we explore the potential benefits of dam removal with the executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, Laura Rubin.


Mackinac Pipeline Line 5
Greg Varnum/Wikimedia Commons

Enbridge Energy says pressure tests on two sections of Line 5 that runs under the Straits of Mackinac show the pipeline is well-maintained and does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.

Hemlock
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

According to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources inventory data, more than 173 million hemlock trees grow in Michigan.  An invasive insect is now threatening the tree species.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Forest Health Monitoring Program Manager, Roger Mech about the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and what you can do to help protect our trees and forests. 


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The city of Ann Arbor continues its push to remain an environmental leader.  There are ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and better remediate a 1,4 dioxane plume.  Many of the environmental initiatives and local opportunities will be highlighted in the upcoming 17th Annual Mayor’s Green Fair.  David Fair covers these topics with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor in this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment." 


Michigan House of Representatives
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


www.michiganlcv.org

Proposals in both Lansing and Washington would make available publicly held lands for private enterprise. environmentalists are fighting regulatory rollbacks and cuts to funding health and sustainability programs. Those are among the topics David Fair addresses with Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director, Lisa Wozniak, in this month's edition of WEMU's  "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," 


Mute Swan
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Anytime a governmental unit authorizes lethal measures as a way to control animal population, there are those in the human population that get upset.  Such is the case of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources management plan for Mute Swans in Michigan.  On last week’s “Issues of the Environment,” David Fair discussed the state action plan with Holly Vaughn of the Michigan DNR.  This week, he talks with John Griffin, Director of Urban Wildlife at The Humane Society of the United States, for an alternative viewpoint.  


Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Swans on a lake are typically a beautiful sight, but one breed of swan has been disrupting Michigan's ecosystem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Holly Vaughn, Wildlife Communications Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, about the management of invasive mute swans.


Washtenaw County Public Health / www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/

Recent events in our community, like the Ann Arbor area’s 1,4-dioxane plume, have increased residents’ awareness of – and concern about – the chemicals companies use.  While many state and federal regulations may exist that govern chemical storage and manufacturing, these regulations generally do not involve an onsite inspection component.  As a result, the programs are enforced on a complaint basis or incident, after the fact.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Kristen Schweighoefer,  Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Public Health, about 25 years of effort to manage these issues in Washtenaw County.


Washing Hands
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Melissa Cooper-Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center, about the environmental and health risks of using antibacterial soap.


There are roughly 48,000 on-site septic systems in Washtenaw County, according to the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.  State statistics show that at any given time 10% of those systems are leaking and in need of repair.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s David Cotton about the growing number of these systems and how to protect our land and waterways.


Abandoned Industrial Site
Pixabay / pixabay.com

The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


Citizens Climate Lobby, Ann Arbor Chapter

Concerns about federal leadership and proposed rollbacks in environmental protections have led to increased levels of activism.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Ginny Rogers, leader of the Ann Arbor chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, about the challenges ahead. 


Environment Michigan
Courtesy Photo / environmentmichigan.org

A local environmental organization has planned a climate change awareness and action event in Ann Arbor this weekend.   


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