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The annual, summer algae bloom has hit Lake Erie.  That’s not all.  Agricultural run-off, in some way, affects many of Michigan’s rivers streams and more than 11, 000 inland lakes.  Explore the causes, impacts and search for solutions in this month’s edition of “1st Friday Focus on the Environment.”  Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and Tom Zimnicki of the Michigan Environmental Council share their perspectives with WEMU’s David Fair. 


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It began as a quest for knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding the controversial Enbridge 'Line 5' that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.  With the release of the 2nd part of his documentary on the subject, Ann Arbor's Barton Bund contends that a cause for concern has become a need for alarm.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Bund discusses 'Line 5-Part 2: Violation of Public Trust." 


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Environmentalists are exceedingly unhappy about Enbridge Energy's safety measure proposals for oil pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac.  WEMU's David Fair talks with two such leaders about those concerns.  Lisa Wozniak is executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and Liz Kirkwood serves as executive director of FLOW, an acronym for "For Love Of Water." 


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A new bill by state lawmakers would prohibit any anchor dropping in the Straits of Mackinac.  This comes after an anchor damaged an oil and gas pipeline.


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Algal blooms are common in the Great Lakes in the summertime, but they may be more dangerous than originally believed.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Dr. Andrew Ault, assistant professor at the University of Michigan's departments of environmental health sciences and chemistry, about a study that determined that algal blooms can become airborne, and, therefore, become a public hazard.


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Environmental groups say legislation headed for Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would hurt the Great Lakes.  The groups plan to urge the governor to veto the bill.


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From spills in the Straits of Mackinac, to large-scale water diversions to tainted drinking water, Michigan has plenty of issues to address and remediate.  There are questions as to whether the political landscape will allow for the development of policies to adequetly do so.  Dave Dempsey has authored 10 environmental books and served on the Michigan Environmental Council.  Now, he is Senior Advisor for FLOW.  His perspective is on tap in this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment." 


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Members of a state board in charge of the safety of pipelines say they’re not alarmed by a recent coolant spill into the Straits of Mackinac.  A coolant spill in the Straits of Mackinac did not harm the Great Lakes.  That’s according to the Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


Some call it "Fox Guarding the Hen-House" legislation.  Bills under consideration in Lansing would create an oversight panel for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  It would have the authority to grant and deny permits and overrule decisions made by the MDEQ.  It would also be comprised of people who may represent businesses and industries that have a financial stake in the decisions being made. 


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Michigan officials are cheering the fact that President Trump has thrown his support behind upgrading the Soo Locks.  The president endorsed the plan this past weekend.


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53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) has recently introduced three bills and a budget amendment related to protecting Michigan’s water.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair discusses the bills and the ongoing challenges our Great Lakes State faces when it comes to the health and safety of our greatest natural resource.


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Governor Rick Snyder says a new shipping lock in Joliet, Illinois is needed to stop Asian carp from making their way from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes.  Snyder says it’s taking too long to get the project started.


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Governor Rick Snyder gave his final State of the State address last night.  He took the opportunity to announce a series of initiatives. 


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Enbridge Energy will be on the hot seat when the Michigan pipeline safety board meets today in Lansing.  The Canadian company will be asked to explain how it’s ensuring the oil pipeline Line Five is safe.


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The resignation of Congressman John Conyers will leave the seat vacant until it is filled by a special election. 

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On Monday of this week, the state of Michigan made an agreement with Enbridge Inc. to allow the energy company to conduct its own safety study of the pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac, albeit with some supervision. WEMU talks with Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation voter sand Liz Kirkwood of For Love Of Water (FLOW) about why they believe, that's not good enough. 


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State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal.  Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan.


New Partnership To Work Toward A Cleaner Lake Erie

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A new partnership has a plan to keep Lake Erie clean.  The MI CLEAR group is made up of farmers, conservationists, environmental leaders, and more.  Those groups are teaming up with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


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In this week's "creative: impact," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Arts Alliance president Deb Polich sit down with Aileen Rohwer, who is executive director of Great Lakes Performing Artists Associatesa nonprofit agency that represents artists and venues in the Great Lakes region.


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A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over whether the Legislature should preempt local rules on expensive rental properties.  


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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.


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The state is ordering Enbridge Energy to take swift action to fix portions of the Line 5 energy pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  Corrosion protections were eroded during maintenance work on the line. 


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Michigan environmental groups are frustrated with Ontario’s support for keeping an oil-and-gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac


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If you want to win $700,000, you might be in luck--if you know how to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes


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


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