Drinking water

Jeff Gearhart
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

Gardening season is in full swing, and folks are ready to buy the essentials, such as natural fertilizers. Yet, buyers should beware. A national study conducted by the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center and the Sierra Club found a number of top-selling fertilizers contain the "forever chemicals" known as PFAS. Jeff Gearhart is research director for HealthyStuff.org at the Ecology Center. He joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the findings and the measures needed to protect us from these harmful chemicals.  


Janis Bobrin
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

For 24 years, Janis Bobrin served Washtenaw County as Water Resources Commissioner.  Some of the programs she devised and implemented are now industry standard and the positive environmental impacts she's had in our community are quite tangible.  For the final Women's History Month edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Bobrin about her remarkable career and the lasting impacts she has had on the health of our environment and quality of life. 


New PFAS Chemical Detected In Ann Arbor's Water Supply

Mar 24, 2021
Water
Austin Kirk / flickr.com

Monthly test show a unique PFAS chemical is in the city's water.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more.


Mara Herman
Erica Bertram / The Ecology Center

Michigan passed new standards for PFAS back in July, and, in August, the most strict regulations in America went into effect.  On this week's "Issues of the Environment," Mara Herman, Health Policy Specialist for the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, will discuss the new standards and what it means to environmental and public health with WEMU's David Fair. 


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.  

Huron River Watershed Council
D. Brown / Huron River Watershed Council

PFAS contamination continues to threaten Michigan's environment, as well as the health of its citizens.  Over the past month, action at the state level has been taken to fight this problem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Rebecca Esselman, executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, discusses progress and challenges with WEMU's David Fair.


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."


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
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

The appearance of the chemicals known as PFAs in local waterways has become a serious problem.  Yet, a recent study determined that certain foods contain such contaminants, as well.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses the research with Dr. John Meeker, professor of environmental health sciences at the U-M's School of Public Health.


League of Women Voters in the Ann Arbor Area
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week on "In the Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with league member Carolyn Madden about the league’s efforts to advocate and influence public policy.

                  

Water
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan will move on its own to establish state drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals.  That order came yesterday from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.


Gretchen Whitmer
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to restructure the Department of Environmental Quality could be overturned before any changes are made.


Gillian Miller
Healthy Stuff / healthystuff.org

2019 has officially begun, and it's time to make some resolutions on how to handle dangerous chemicals, like PFAS.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Gillian Miller, senior scientist at healthystuff.org, about some tips to make 2019 a more ecologically friendly year.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

As the recent disaster in Massachusetts shows, pipeline problems can cause fatal explosions.  But in Michigan, it’s the impact pipelines might have to our increasingly threatened water supplies that is drawing most of the attention.  This is the third of our “Green Room” series on pipelines.


Water
Public Domain Pictures / publicdomainpictures.net

Michigan’s Democratic lawmakers are demanding the state Legislature take action on contaminated groundwater found across the state.  The Legislature is back from its summer break this week with its first day of voting today.


Rita Loch-Caruso
University of Michigan School of Public Health / umich.edu

Chemicals known as PFAs have found their way in Washtenaw County's drinking water, and that can lead to numerous health and environmental problems.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about this situation with Dr. Rita Loch-Caruso, toxicologist and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.


Water
Steve Johnson / flickr.com

A new state rule requires local water systems to get rid of all their lead service lines over the next 20 years.  These are the types of pipes that contributed to the Flint water crisis.


City of Saline Issues Boil Water Advisory

May 16, 2018
City of Saline

The City of Saline has issued a city-wide boil water advisory.
 


Water
Environmental Protection Agency / epa.gov

Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan. 


Pills
Pixabay / pixabay.com

Usually when medications expire, people pour them down the drain and flush them down the toilet.  But studies have shown that trace elements of those medications end up in our drinking water.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Environmental Program Supervisor Jeff Krcmarik about the safest and healthiest ways to dispose of prescription drugs.


Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

Oakland County was recently forced to issue a boil water advisory for nearly a dozen communities after a major pipeline ruptured in Farmington Hills.  It  brought to light some important issues related to water and infrastructure.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak about what comes next. 


Huron River Watershed Council

You may drive by it, kayak or fish in it, but have you ever thought about how much the Huron River is worth to the local economy?  A new report has been released that puts a price tag on that and 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Elizabeth Riggs, deputy director of the Huron River Watershed Council about the new findings.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder will create a commission this week that has the mission of tackling the problem of lead exposure.  A top administration official says the governor will also ask the Legislature to pass a law to make the commission permanent until the problem is solved.


There are roughly 48,000 on-site septic systems in Washtenaw County, according to the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.  State statistics show that at any given time 10% of those systems are leaking and in need of repair.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s David Cotton about the growing number of these systems and how to protect our land and waterways.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

For decades, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been working with Gelman Sciences to clean-up the 1,4 Dioxane chemical the company released in certain parts of Ann Arbor.  To this day, the DEQ continues to say the levels are below their precautionary standards and are not harmful. To give voice to concerned residents, city, county and state officials put together Thursday night's town hall forum. 


Water Faucet
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water, although finishing the job may have to wait until next year.


Vote Here
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Three Washtenaw County townships will be voting on three separate millage issues next week.  


Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

Candidates for Ann Arbor’s Ward 1 debated at the city’s Community Television Network studios last night. 


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The state has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from two water engineering firms that did work in Flint.  


Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant
Courtesy Photo / a2gov.org

The city of Ann Arbor is letting residents get a first hand look at where their water comes from.

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