1st Friday Focus on the Environment

Roger Rayle
Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

The 1,4 dioxane plume in Scio Township, Ann Arbor, and Ann Arbor Township has plagued the area for decades. The state of Michigan has now formally requested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate the contamination a Superfund clean-up site. WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak  discuss where we are and what comes next with Roger Rayle from the Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) and Scio Citizens for Safe Water. 


Missy Stults
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

In 2020, the City of Ann Arbor adopted its ambitious "A2Zero" plan that would make the city completely carbon neutral by the year 2030. Now, one year later, progress on the plan continues. WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak checked in with Ann Arbor sustainability and innovations manager Missy Stults. Listen and get the updates on progress so far and the work still needed to meet the 2030 target. 


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The Gelman 1,4 dioxane plume continues to spread in groundwater in the Ann Arbor area and could threaten the health of the Huron River and the city's municipal water supply. Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor joined WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters director Lisa Wozniak to discuss the latest on efforts to remediate the toxic pollution and where we go from here.


Jennifer Haverkamp
Graham Sustainability Institute / graham.umich.edu

The University of Michigan has initiated a carbon neutrality plan unlike any other.  If effective, the school could become completely carbon neutral by the year 2040.  In this month's installment of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak explored the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality plan with Jennifer Haverkamp, the chair of the recently dispersed commission and director of the Graham Sustainability Institute.


Lana Pollack
International Joint Commission / ijc.org

WEMU's Women's History Month coverage continues with two giants in the world of environmental advocacy.  David Fair caught up with Lana Pollack and Lisa Wozniak to discuss their work and the women who preceded and worked alongside them.  Pollack is a former State Senator from Ann Arbor who, among other things, authored Michigan's short-lived 'Polluter Pay' laws.  Wozniak presently heads up the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, which continues to positively impact policy and protections. 


Gary Peters
Gary Peters / peters.senate.gov

There has already been a far more progressive position on climate change and the environment in the new Biden Administration.  Michigan Senator Gary Peters has a new leadership role and will be pushing initiatives that could have specific benefits to the environment in his home state.  Senator Peters joined Lisa Wozniak of Michigan League of Conservation Voters and WEMU's David Fair to share his perspective on the environmental agenda and the importance of getting COVID relief into the hands of the people. 


Donna Lasinski
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Changes are coming as we mark the start of the New Year.  A new presidential administration, Congress, and state Legislature will be sworn in later this month.  Democrat Donna Lasinski is the new minority leader in the state House.  The 52nd District Representative from Scio Township is the first guest of the New Year on "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."  Along with WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Lasinski discussed the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in protecting our air, land, and water in a pandemic economy.


Beth Wallace
Linkedin / linkedin.com

The Enbridge-owned and operated “Line 5” runs through the Straits of Mackinac.  Governor Gretchen Whitmer is taking steps to have the nearly 70-year old pipeline decommissioned.  But Enbridge is fighting the effort.  For this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director discuss this matter with Beth Wallace, who is the Manager of Conservation Partnerships with the Ann Arbor-based Great Lakes Regional Center of the National Wildlife Federation.  


Liesl Clark
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has set a goal of making Michigan a carbon-neutral economy by the year 2050.  She has also announced a $500 million water infrastructure plan.  Liesl Clark is director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and this month's guest on "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."  She discussed the initiatives with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak.  


Mona Hanna-Attisha
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha responsible for discovering the Flint Water Crisis.  Her work is recognized throughout the world.  Still, more needs to be done.  While that work continues, the COVID-19 public health crisis is creating further challenges for the community.  Dr. Hanna-Attisha joined WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak to discuss how far we've come and the work that remains on this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."


Joel Brammeier
Alliance for the Great Lakes / greatlakes.org

Climate change continues to impact the Great Lakes.  We’re at record high water levels, and the water temperatures are also on the rise.  It is changing shorelines, habitats, and the well-being of wildlife.  On WEMU’s "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak explore the ramifications, impacts, and work being done to address these issues with Joel Brammeier, President and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. 


Gary Peters
Gary Peters / peters.senate.gov

The back and forth over the state’s desire to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac continues in the courts and in the court of public opinion.  Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters joins WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters to discuss that and other environmental issues on "1st Friday Focus on the Environment." 


Sarah Anthony
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Protests continue across the nation following the death of George Floyd during an encounter with Minneapolis police officers.  Once again, police brutality and racism are at the fore of the national conversation.  Police brutality is only a part of equation.  Among other things, inequities exist in education, health, and the environment.  On the June edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak talk with 68th District State Representative Sarah Anthony about what is necessary to make lasting change. 


Garlin Gilchrist
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

About 14% of Michigan's population is African American.  Roughly 40% of COVID-19 fatalties are in the African American community.  It is an alarming statistic.  Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist heads the state's Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.  He joined WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak to discuss what is being done to address the immediate crisis.  He also highlights the longer term issues that will need to be addressed and what the role of the task force will be to that end. 


Elin Betanzo
Safe Water Engineering / safewaterengineering.com

The COVID-19 outbreak has yet to reach its peak, and one of the challenges all too many people face is  access to clean water.  In this month's edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," Elin Betanzo, founder of Safe Water Engineering joins WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak about the ethics and policy of ensuring water access.  

Monica Lewis-Patrick
We the People of Detroit / wethepeopleofdetroit.com

Water shutoffs has been a major issue in Detroit, and the next round is expected to come in April.  Low-income residents are being dramatically impacted by the inability to meet the rising cost of water.  Is access to water a right?  Or, is it a privilege?  In this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters explore the answers to those questions.  Monica Lewis-Patrick is co-founder, president, and CEO of "We the People of Detroit."  She'll explain the organization's efforts to win water justice in the city and around the state and country.


Sara Ganim
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications / jou.ufl.edu/

Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with strong ties to Michigan.  Her new independent film, “No Defense: The U.S. Government’s War on Water,” looks into the PFAs contamination emanating from the old Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and how our government’s conflict of interest has lead to inaction.  WEMU’s David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak caught up with Sara in advance of the free screening of her film at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor on February 19th.


University of Michigan
University of Michigan / umich.edu

Not long after enrolling her son in kindergarten, U-M medical anthropologist Abby Dumes took notice of the lead levels in the drinking water used in the Ann Arbor school district.  From there, Dumes started working with school officials to reduce lead contamination not only in the Ann Arbor district, but for school districts all over Michigan.  Dr. Dumes talks about her work with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak in this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."


CAFO
Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan / nocafos.org

Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are areas where livestock are kept and fed indoors.  One cow will produce 20 times the waste as a human and large-scale operations have thousands of these animals.  The liquified waste is kept in pools, sprayed on the land, and ultimately runs off into the waters.  That contributes to phospherous overload and the development of algal blooms.  Pam Taylor is a Research Coordinator for the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South-Central Michigan (ECCSCM) and discusses the issues and work toward better practices with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak in this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."


Tony Spaniola
89.1 WEMU

Through the contentious and controversial process of passing a new state budget, there was a point when the Republican-led Legislature removed much of the money earmarked to address water issues in Michigan.  Most of the money made its way back in by the time Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the spending bills and rearranged departmental spending.  In this month’s "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you’ll get reaction to the spending plans and a look at increasing bi-partisanship when it comes to protecting our waters.  89.1 WEMU’s David Fair talks it through with Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak and Tony Spaniola from the organization Need Our Water, Oscoda. 


International Association for Great Lakes Research / http://iaglr.org/

The 2019 algal bloom on Lake Erie now measures over 650-square miles and continues to expand.  At the root of the issue is agricultural runoff and, in particular, phosphorous. Ed Verhamme is a project engineer with the private water solutions firm, LimnoTech.  The company conducts research, analysis, and consults with governmental agencies and other stakeholders to advance the cause of safe and clean waters.  In this month's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment' conversation with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak, you'll get the latest on progress and the work towards solutions that lay ahead. 


Laura Rubin
Huron River Watershed Council / hrwc.org

After two decades as executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, Laura Rubin is expanding her environmental mission.  Back in April, Rubin was named director of the Healing Our Waters, Great Lakes Coalition.  On the August edition of  “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters talk with Rubin about the first few months on the job and where the coalition is headed. 


University of Michigan
Graham Sustainability Institute / energy.umich.edu

On February 4th of this year, U-M President Mark Schlissel revealed the chosen members of his new Commission on Carbon Neutrality.  On WEMU’s "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you’ll hear from the commission co-chair, Jennifer Haverkamp, and from commission member Lisa Wozniak about the mission, the work, and anticipated outcomes in the effort to achieve total carbon neutrality.


Laura Sherman
Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council / mieibc.org

Michigan continues to be a leader in "Green Energy" jobs, and the business community and marketplace are helping drive towards a cleaner energy future.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak cover those issues with Laura Sherman, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. 


michigan.gov

In her first few months in office, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made infrastructure and clean water among her top priorities.  Whitmer outlines her environmental strategy and budget with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director, Lisa Wozniak. 


Jeff Irwin
Jeff Irwin

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to release her first budget proposal next week.  Through her campaign and into the first months of her administration, improving the environment has been at the fore.  In this month’s edition of "1st Friday," State Senator Jeff Irwin joins WEMU’s David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak to see what has been done, what is being proposed, and where we can go from here.


Joe Schwarz
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

After the November election, there was fast and furious action in Lansing, as lawmakers made a harried run through the lame duck session.  Some of that action could impact the environment in 2019.  In this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak discuss these New Year's challenges  Joe Schwarz, a former state lawmaker and current board member with both Voters Not Politicians and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.


Jennifer McKay
Detroit Public Television / youtube.com

Environmentalists contend the ongoing, lame-duck session of the state Legislature is proving detrimental to health of “Pure Michigan.”  In the December edition of WEMU’s "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," David Fair explores measures that could strip away wetlands protections and measures that could keep the nearly 70-year old Line 5 pipeline operational in the Straits of Mackinac for another decade.  Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council policy director Jennifer McKay join in with their perspectives.


Desmond Berry / facebook.com

Elections are right around the corner and the future of the controversial Enbridge Line 5  may be put in the hands of those elected.  Then again, the State of Michigan has reached agreement with Enbridge to bury the 65-year old pipeline in a concrete tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac.  That binding agreement could be enacted in a lame duck session of the legislature, post-election.  As it turns out, that agreement may be in violation of a treaty with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.  Desmond Berry is the Natural Resources Department Manager for the Band and is this week’s guest on 89.1 WEMU’s “1st Friday Focus on the Environment.”


Kary Moss
ACLU of Michigan / aclumich.org

There are three statewide ballot proposals to be decided on November 6th.  Two of them have to do with voting.  Proposal 2 is being called “Voters Not Politicians” and aims to end gerrymandering.  If approved, it would create an independent commission to redraw legislative and congressional district lines after each census.  Proposal 3 is being called “Promote the Vote.”  It would create greater access to voter registration and aims to increase voter participation.  Both could have impacts on the overall health of Michigan’s environment.  

In this month’s “1st Friday” conversation, “Promote the Vote” leader and former Michigan ACLU executive director Kary Moss discusses the implications with WEMU’s David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director, Lisa Wozniak.


Pages