Huron River

Recently, there have been concerns that DTE has not been adequately engaged in the public input portion of the NEXUS natural gas pipeline project.  

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Steven Hohf, manager of natural gas analytics for DTE Energy. They discuss environmental concerns, energy questions and why DTE has decided the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline is necessary. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor’s dioxane plume is rather unusual, in that it emanates from just one source. That source is the old Gelman Sciences facility on Wagner Road in Scio Township. Other area's of dioxane contamination around the country, such as  the KL Avenue Landfill in Kalamazoo, have many “Responsible Parties” contributing to the contamination problem. Even with a single source, assigning responsibility for clean-up remains complicated in Ann Arbor.  In this installment of "The Green Room"  we try to untangle the confusing web of who is who when it comes to liability. 


Oil Pipeline
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A new natural gas pipeline is in the works and would expend the web of pipelines running through Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Nancy Shiffler, chair of the Sierra Club's Michigan chapter, about the potential impacts of a new pipeline.  


City of Ann Arbor

The next step was taken towards a plan to create a tunnel under the railroad tracks in Ann Arbor to provide easier access between Depot Street and the Huron River.


City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor has released its annual drinking water quality report.  Brian Steglitz is the manager of water treatment services for the city.  He says they continue to meet or exceed all state and federal regulatory requirements.  There is no issue with lead in Ann Arbor's drinking water like there is in Flint.

City of Ann Arbor

When people hear about "water problems" they're paying very close attention these days especially in light of what is going on in Flint.

Ann Arbor City officials just announced a major sewer overload situation that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into a tributary of the Huron River.

I spoke with the city's water quality manager Jennifer Lawson about what happened...

 


Ypsilanti Mayor Discusses Local Issues With EMU Students

Mar 30, 2016
Amanda Edmonds
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About two dozen Eastern Michigan University students gathered to discuss politics and policy with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds.


The City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County have invested in a unique study along Swift Creek. With the aid of grants from the DEQ and United States' E.P.A. "green infrastructure" will be installed and studied in a target residential neighborhood.

hrwc.org

The Huron River Watershed Council's "RiverUp!" stewardship program is the subject of three new mini-documentaries.  The films focus on efforts to preserve the future of the Huron River and the people doing that work.

Huron River Watershed Council Deputy Director and "RiverUp!" Director Elizabeth Riggs says the first of the short films highlights fly fishing on the Huron River by telling the story of Depot Town businessman Mike Schultz and his love of fly fishing.

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

After years of industrial contamination and economic stagnation, things may be turning around in Ann Arbor’s Lower Town, thanks to a new recreational feature in the Huron River, and the soon-to-be-announced DTE proposal to develop the Mich-Con property across the river.  Community responses are mixed, ranging from cautious optimism to elation.  


Winter Isn't Over Yet, Spring Flooding Possible

Mar 11, 2014
NOAA

    Another round of winter weather is expected to drop 3 to 7 inches of snow on southern Michigan, including the Washtenaw County area.  This could lead to Ann Arbor breaking the annual snowfall record.

hrwc.org

The Huron River Watershed Council is embarking on a series of "resident conversations" to hear concerns and answer questions from those who live along the water's edge.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed HRWC Executive Director Laura Rubin about the effort.

EPA.gov

Hidden dangers posed by underground oil pipelines could threaten the Huron River.  Laura Rubin is Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and she's our guest on this week's Issues of Environment from WEMU.

Ypsilanti River Cleanup Set for Sunday

Sep 13, 2012
Bob Eccles

Volunteers will converge on the Huron River in Ypsilanti Sunday for a yearly cleanup effort.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.