Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org en Explore a century-old freighter, "dive" on a shipwreck at new Great Lakes museum http://michiganradio.org/post/explore-century-old-freighter-dive-shipwreck-new-great-lakes-museum <p></p><p>I thought I knew a lot about the Great Lakes,&nbsp;until I met Chris Gillcrist. He’s the kind of guy you want on your Trivial Pursuit team.</p><p>This is the kind of fact I learned from him every few minutes:</p><p>“The first millionaire in American history is John Jacob Astor. It’s a guy trading beaver pelts from the Great Lakes and sending them to Europe.”</p><p>Gillcrist is the executive director of the new <a href="http://www.inlandseas.org/museum/">National Museum of the Great Lakes</a>. It opens this Saturday, April 26, in Toledo.</p><p>There are&nbsp;a lot about shipwrecks here, sure,&nbsp;&nbsp;but Gillcrist wants you to know it’s much more than that.</p><p>“We look at it as retrofitting American history to more accurately depict how the Great Lakes impacted the nation as a whole over the past 300 years,” he says.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17306 at http://michiganradio.org Explore a century-old freighter, "dive" on a shipwreck at new Great Lakes museum Restaurants and markets running low on a popular Great Lakes fish http://michiganradio.org/post/restaurants-and-markets-running-low-popular-great-lakes-fish <p></p><p>Monahan’s Seafood Market in Ann Arbor carries soft-shell crabs from Maryland, Alaskan salmon, and Florida red snapper.</p><p>But at the moment, they’re fresh out of Great Lakes whitefish.</p><p>Bernie Fritzsch manages the fish market.</p><p></p><p>“We’re hoping to see it today, but we haven’t seen it for the last week,” he says.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:19:48 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17267 at http://michiganradio.org Restaurants and markets running low on a popular Great Lakes fish Coast Guard tops in drunken boating arrests http://michiganradio.org/post/coast-guard-tops-drunken-boating-arrests <div>MARBLEHEAD, Ohio – A U.S. Coast Guard station that watches over western Lake Erie led the nation in drunken boating arrests last year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Coast Guard says officers with </span>Marblehead<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> station charged 67 people with boating under the influence in 2013.</span></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:19:21 +0000 Associated Press 17216 at http://michiganradio.org Coast Guard tops in drunken boating arrests Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-10-2014 <p></p><p>The average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily been improving, and greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time low. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently set new emissions standards, scheduled to be phased in between 2017 and 2025, that will reduce the amount of sulfur found in gasoline.</p><p>B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut is the slow and steady climb in fuel economy and emissions enough? On today’s show, we ask if the Obama administration's 2016 and 2025 fuel efficiency goals setting the bar too low?</span></p><p>Then, a new documentary film brings us the story of the Great Lakes as seen through its ice.</p><p>And, last month, Gov. Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. Can other communities learn from Royal Oak’s situation?</p><p>Also, the Share Art Project is a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center. We spoke to a Buckham board member about the program and an upcoming exhibit.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors, who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</span></p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 17192 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 New documentary explores why ice is important to the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/new-documentary-explores-why-ice-important-great-lakes <p></p><p>Those of us who live in Michigan grow up with an ingrained awareness of the Great Lakes. We drink their water, sail and swim in them, build homes and cottages on their shorelines, and live with the weather they help produce.</p><p>The Great Lakes are an economic power-player. They contribute one trillion dollars to America's gross national product. And let's not overlook that $4 billion Great Lakes fishing industry.</p><p>A new documentary film brings us a unique look at the Great Lakes. PROJECT: ICE explores the crucial role that ice has played and continues to play in shaping and maintaining Michigan's most important resource.</p><p>The executive producer and director of PROJECT: ICE, Bill Kleinert, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">*Support for Arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:09:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17187 at http://michiganradio.org New documentary explores why ice is important to the Great Lakes Stateside for Thursday, April 3, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-3-2014 <p>It's no surprise that shipping conditions on the Great Lakes are miserable, even though spring has officially sprung and the shipping season officially opened March 25.</p><p>No commercial traffic has yet made it to the Soo Locks and ice is still four feet thick in some places, particularly in Lake Superior. On today’s show, we speak with a member of the U.S. Coast Guard about what's being done about this.</p><p>Then, what happened as World War II brought women and minorities into Detroit's assembly plants?</p><p>And, the Detroit bankruptcy is starting to affect the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Water prices could go up, impacting consumers far outside the city. Daniel Howes joined us for our weekly check-in to tell us more.</p><p>Also, Phil Cavanagh became the third candidate to enter the race to replace Robert Ficano as Wayne County Executive.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's economy may be pulling itself up and out of the Great Recession.</span></p><p>But our schools are still mired in an "education recession" and all of our children are paying the price.</p><p>That's the finding of the newest State of Michigan Education Report from The Education Trust-Midwest.</p><p>It's an eye-opening exercise to see how our state's schools and student performance compares to two states that are powering ahead in the national assessment: Massachusetts and Tennessee.</p><p>What lessons can Michigan learn from those two states?</p><p>The co-author of the new education report, Amber Arellano of The Education Trust-Midwest, joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:06:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17094 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 3, 2014 Great Lakes ice cover slows down the shipping season http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-ice-cover-slows-down-shipping-season <p>The Detroit Tigers weren't the only ones to hold an Opening Day.</p><p>The Great Lakes shipping season officially opened March 25.</p><p>And, unlike Opening Day at Comerica Park, this one is much less well attended.</p><p>No surprise: The near-total ice coverage on the Great Lakes has led to a very slow start to the shipping season and a whole lot of ice-cutting for the U.S. Coast Guard.</p><p>Mark Gill is the director of vessel traffic services for the U.S. Coast Guard in Sault Ste. Marie, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:55:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17092 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes ice cover slows down the shipping season Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/zebra-mussel-killing-bacteria-could-help-native-species-great-lakes <p>A treatment that kills zebra and quagga mussels could soon be available for use in lakes and rivers. It’s very effective and safe.</p><p>But it is not likely to undo much of the ecological damage done to Michigan waters by invasive mussels.</p><p>It could be good news, though, if you’re a clam.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:04:06 +0000 Peter Payette 17055 at http://michiganradio.org Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes No more oil in latest survey of BP oil spill in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/no-more-oil-latest-survey-bp-oil-spill-lake-michigan <p>The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.</p><p>Last Monday, BP's oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana south of Chicago spilled crude oil into Lake Michigan. The company estimates the spill to be somewhere between 630 and 1,638 gallons. The oil made its way into the lake through a malfunction in the refinery's cooling system.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:44:45 +0000 Mark Brush 17037 at http://michiganradio.org No more oil in latest survey of BP oil spill in Lake Michigan Study planned on adapting to changing water levels http://michiganradio.org/post/study-planned-adapting-changing-water-levels <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan is planning a wide-ranging study of how people in the Great Lakes region can adapt to changing water levels.</p><p>Don Scavia of the university's Graham Sustainability Institute announced the study&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;in Ann Arbor at the conclusion of a seminar on the topic for scientists, policymakers and advocates.</p><p>It will be modeled after a broad analysis that university experts conducted last year on the natural gas extraction process known as "fracking."</p><p>Great Lakes levels fluctuate with the seasons and over longer periods. They've risen substantially in the past year after a sustained low period, but it's uncertain how long the comeback will continue.</p><p>Scavia says that shoreline property owners, communities and businesses need to accept that lake levels will not remain stable and make necessary adjustments.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:16:20 +0000 The Associated Press 17008 at http://michiganradio.org Study planned on adapting to changing water levels Senators want faster action on stopping Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/senators-want-faster-action-stopping-asian-carp <div><p>TRAVERSE CITY –&nbsp;A group of U.S. senators wants the federal government to move faster on preventing Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through waterways in the Chicago area.</p><p>Eleven senators from states in the region sent a letter Tuesday to the assistant secretary of the Army, whose office oversees the Army Corps of Engineers. The letter asks a series of questions about when the Corps might begin tasks such as adding barriers at the southernmost lock in the Chicago Area Waterway System.</p><p>It also asks what authorization the Corps needs from Congress to move more quickly toward short- and long-term solutions.</p><p>The Corps issued a report in January with options for blocking the invasive carp's path to Lake Michigan, but says Congress and regional stakeholders must choose the final plan.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:16:37 +0000 The Associated Press 16902 at http://michiganradio.org Senators want faster action on stopping Asian carp Record set for ice cover on Lake Michigan, not on Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/record-set-ice-cover-lake-michigan-not-great-lakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My neighbors and I officially had our last "pond hockey" game over the weekend. We moved everything off the ice as things started to melt.</span></p><div><p>So the ice in the region has reached its peak, right?&nbsp;No one thinks we're going to be hit with another prolonged polar vortex, do they?&nbsp;</p><p>Let's hope not.</p><p>With the most frigid part of this winter over, let's look at the record books for ice cover on the Great Lakes.</p><p>Here's what we know.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:28:27 +0000 Mark Brush 16808 at http://michiganradio.org Record set for ice cover on Lake Michigan, not on Great Lakes President's budget cuts Great Lakes programs http://michiganradio.org/post/presidents-budget-cuts-great-lakes-programs <p>President Obama’s 2015 budget includes some cuts to Great Lakes programs.</p><p>Obama is asking for $275 million for the<a href="http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/glri/"> Great Lakes Restoration Initiative</a>. That would be $25 million less than the current funding level.</p><p>Todd Ambs is the campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. He says if the cuts go through, you'd see projects slow down.</p><p>“Whether it’s a contaminated cleanup project that’s underway but not completed, or a habitat restoration effort or dealing with the problems of keeping aquatic invasive species out of the Great Lakes.”</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 16740 at http://michiganradio.org President's budget cuts Great Lakes programs Great Lakes ice levels approaching record set in 1979 http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-ice-levels-approaching-record-set-1979 <p>The last time I posted on this (<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-time-lapse-video-ice-forming-great-lakes?nopop=1">on Feb. 26</a>), the ice levels on the Great Lakes had dropped off.</p><p>There had been a slight warm-up and some strong winds that had opened up the water.</p><p>But it's been cold since then, and the ice levels have increased on the Great Lakes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's a graphic showing you where the ice levels stand as of yesterday. The blue areas show the open water:</span></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:11:49 +0000 Mark Brush 16731 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes ice levels approaching record set in 1979 In this morning's headlines: War on blight in Flint, Great Lakes 90% ice cover, ban term 'retarded' http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-war-blight-flint-great-lakes-90-ice-cover-ban-term-retarded <p><strong>Flint mayor declares war on blight</strong></p><p>"Flint Mayor Dayne Walling is calling for a $70 million "war on blight" to help tear down nearly 6,000 buildings in the financially troubled city. Walling made the declaration Monday in his State of the City speech," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Great Lakes 90% covered with ice</strong></p><p>All of the Great Lakes combined have 90% ice cover. According to the<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140303/NEWS06/303030093/great-lakes-ice-cover-record-ontario"> Detroit Free Press</a>, "that's the most ice cover in 34 years."</p><p><strong>Lawmakers want to ban term "retard" from state law</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms 'mental retardation' and 'mentally retarded' from state law. Bipartisan bills would strike references to outdated language such as 'retarded' from various statutes and instead use terms such as 'developmentally disabled' or 'intellectually disabled'," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:48:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16700 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: War on blight in Flint, Great Lakes 90% ice cover, ban term 'retarded' What all the snow and ice will mean for Great Lakes water levels http://michiganradio.org/post/what-all-snow-and-ice-will-mean-great-lakes-water-levels <p>It might seem a little counterintuitive, but right now, a bunch of scientists are thinking about how high the water at Great Lakes beaches will be this summer.</p><p>Early last year, the Lake Michigan-Lake Huron system hit record low water levels.</p><p>It made life tougher for the shipping industry, and it’s hard on people who run Great Lakes ports.</p><p>Russell Dzuba is the harbor master in Leland.</p><p>“For us, it’s shallow. When we went to dredge this year we had to go a foot deeper and the world was a foot shorter, if you will,” he says.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:52:19 +0000 Rebecca Williams 16636 at http://michiganradio.org What all the snow and ice will mean for Great Lakes water levels More action needed to clean up Lake Erie, says international agency http://michiganradio.org/post/more-action-needed-clean-lake-erie-says-international-agency <p>Massive algae blooms and dead zones in Lake Erie: T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hese used to be major environmental problems around the most urbanized Great Lake back in the '</span>60s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and '</span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but they are problems once again.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, an international agency that keeps an eye on the health of the Great Lakes is calling for more action.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:43:42 +0000 Mark Brush 16640 at http://michiganradio.org More action needed to clean up Lake Erie, says international agency Watch a time-lapse video of the ice forming on the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-time-lapse-video-ice-forming-great-lakes <p><strong>Update: March 5, 2014, 3:36 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Great Lakes are again icing up and approaching the 1979 record. See this <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-ice-levels-approaching-record-set-1979">post</a>&nbsp;for more.</p><p><strong>Original post: February 26th, 2014, 11:17 a.m.</strong></p><p>This frigid winter has us watching the record books again. The record for the most amount of ice cover on the Great Lakes was set back in 1979. That's when the ice cover reached the 95% mark.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:17:13 +0000 Mark Brush 16618 at http://michiganradio.org Watch a time-lapse video of the ice forming on the Great Lakes Archeologists Diverge On Discovery In Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/archeologists-diverge-discovery-lake-michigan Archeologists studying a wooden beam pulled from northern Lake Michigan this summer can't say whether it is a piece of the first European ship to sail the upper Great Lakes or a post from an old fishing net. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:50:57 +0000 Peter Payette 16593 at http://michiganradio.org Archeologists Diverge On Discovery In Lake Michigan Even winter haters think these ice caves are awesome http://michiganradio.org/post/even-winter-haters-think-these-ice-caves-are-awesome <p>Very few people are amused with what this winter has brought Michigan.</p><p>The Associated Press&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/cold-temps-cover-79-percent-great-lakes-ice">wrote</a>&nbsp;that the polar vortex (let's be honest, vortices) covered 79% of the Great Lakes in ice.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>It's not a record, but it's well above the long-term average of about 51 percent.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:24:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16508 at http://michiganradio.org Even winter haters think these ice caves are awesome