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Michigan News
4:23 am
Tue June 24, 2014

NOAA Awards Federal Funds To Protect Michigan Shorelines

 Michigan will receive $2.5 million from the federal government for efforts to protect shore lands and coastal ecosystems, along with public access and recreation.

     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the funding this week to the state's coastal management program. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will administer the grant, which will generate an additional $2 million in state and local spending.

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12:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Mixed Impacts Due To Record Ice Remaining On Great Lakes

Lake Michigan south of Holland this March.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ice still covers over 20 percent of the Great Lakes surface, following a winter that nearly saw records set for the total amount of ice coverage.  As one would expect Lake Superior leads the way with about 41 percent ice coverage, but even Lake Huron was still one-quarter ice covered this week.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on ice remaining on the Great Lakes, and what some of the impacts from the ice this winter may be.
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Michigan News
8:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan Reponds To Corps Of Engineers Carp Proposal

Asian carp

Michigan replies to Army corps invasive species report

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed the state's response to the US Army Corps of Engineers invasive species report. Schuette says his biggest complaint is the report fails to outline an aggressive plan to stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The report came out in January, and it outlines possibilities without making specific recommendations on what should happen next.

That was a disappointment, says Joy Yearout, Schuette's communications director.

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Michigan News
9:47 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Great Lakes levels rebounded in 2013

View from space of a cloudless summer day over the Great Lakes
Credit NASA Goddard Photo and Video

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes water levels rebounded sharply last year after a prolonged low period dating from the late 1990s.

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Michigan News
6:25 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Great Lakes Advocates Head To Washington

Great Lakes Advocates to make plea for continued funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Credit David M Smith

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Great Lakes advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding of environmental projects and to discuss strategies for dealing with challenges such as invasive species.  More than 100 people from the eight-state region are attending the Great Lakes Commission's semiannual meeting and other activities.

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Issues of the Environment
8:42 am
Wed February 26, 2014

What are the Benefits of a Harsh Winter?

Walls of ice encrust the lower cliffs where wave spray has frozen on the rock in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
U.S. National Park Service

There has to be some good that comes from all of the snow, ice and frigid temperatures, right?  In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair explores how the environment may benefit from these conditions, come the spring and summer.

Listen to David's conversation with LimnoTech Senior Scientist, Dr. John Lenters:

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7:24 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Legislative Agenda with State Senator Rebekah Warren

State Senator Rebekah Warren (D)-Ann Arbor
Credit Mike Andaloro / WEMU

As we move toward the end of the calendar year, we started to wonder what, if any, environmental bills would move through the legislature. In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment", WEMU's David Fair talks with State Senator Rebekah Warren, (D)- Ann Arbor, about some of the pressing issues being considered in Lansing.

Issues of the Environment w/ State Senator Rebekah Warren. 9/25/13

7:58 am
Fri July 5, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes

Great Lakes in Sunglint
Credit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center / Foter / CC BY-NC

On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition host David Fair is joined in-studio by Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. together they bring in the experts that can speak to issues of environmental importance. In this month's installment, the guest is Jon Allen. Jon heads up the Michigan Department of environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes.

July's installment of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.

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First Friday Focus on the Environment
8:36 am
Fri May 3, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

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.

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9:09 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Keeping Toxins Out of the Great Lakes

A new report prioritizes the top 20 chemicals that need to be kept out of the Great Lakes.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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8:55 am
Fri June 1, 2012

First Friday Focus on the Environment

Fighting to  keep Asian carp out of the great lakes.