great lakes

Michigan House of Representatives
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State lawmakers are back at the Capitol following their spring break.  One job facing them is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole. 


Washing Hands
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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.


Great Lakes
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The Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor could soon see a boost in funding.


Flint Water
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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder met Monday with the premier of Ontario to talk about regional cooperation.  They say the Michigan-Ontario relationship should serve as an example as federal lawmakers consider big changes to trade and travel rules. 


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President Trump has put forth his nominees to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. Lawmakers, pundits and advocates alike are trying to assess what direction  environmental policy will take. 


Bottled Water
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A new audit shows a state department is not in compliance with regulations on bottled water inspections. 

Soo Locks
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Governor Rick Snyder wants Congress to go to work now on finding money to upgrade the Soo Locks – even though no one knows yet how much it’s going to cost. 


Lake Michigan
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There’s a vote today in Chicago by the Great Lakes states on whether Waukesha-Wisconsin will be allowed to divert millions of gallons of water from Lake Michigan.  


Asian Carp
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Researchers say a process similar to making carbonated soda water could become a weapon in the fight against Asian carp.  

Dr. David Schwab, Research Scientist for the UM Graham Sustainability Institute Water Center, discusses his latest findings about the extensive spills that will happen if Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac ruptures and how that oil would spread through the Great Lakes.


Enbridge
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Today is the deadline for companies to bid on the chance to conduct a study on the safety of an oil-and-gas pipeline that that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac


Shawn Reilly
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The mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin made a stop in Lansing yesterday to meet with state environmental officials.  It’s part of an effort to win support for his city’s request for a large water diversion from Lake Michigan. 


Straits of Mackinac
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The state has extended the deadline for companies to bid on work studying of Enbridge Line 5.  That’s the oil and gas pipeline that runs under the Mackinac straits. 

  

Lake Michigan
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State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan. 


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Ann Arbor state Representative Jeff Irwin is pushing measures at the State Capitol to protect the Great Lakes. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,'  Irwin tells David Fair about his efforts to move an oil pipeline from under the Straits of Mackinac and to better legislate the production, and unintentional disposal, of microbeads into our water system. 


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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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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. 


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Free program allows residents to safely dispose of devices containing the hazardous material

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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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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."  

  

contaminated water
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There are a myriad of concerns over the health of the Great Lakes. From toxic algae blooms to urban chemical run-off, the quality of the world's largest fresh-water system is under constant scrutiny. A University of Michigan professor confirms the concern is warranted, and is urging action throughout the basin. 


 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.

Frozen Lake Michigan In March
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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.  

  

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