wastewater treatment plant

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.  


Nancy Love
University of Michigan / umich.edu

Searching for new sources of natural fertilizer is an ongoing process, and a University of Michigan research project is exploring use of an unending source.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with U-M professor of civil and environmental engineering Dr. Nancy Love about the Urine Diversion Research Project. 


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.


Washing Hands
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


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.


Flint Water Treatment Facility
Ben Gordon / flickr.com

State lawmakers will spend the early part of this week digging into the Flint water crisis.

City of Saline / http://www.ci.saline.mi.us

Saline officials think their staff did a good job responding to on overflow at the wastewater treatment plant. About 29-thousand gallons of partially treated sewage got into the Saline River yesterday.