Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org en Fmr. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wants more foreign investment in the Great Lakes region http://michiganradio.org/post/fmr-us-treasury-secretary-henry-paulson-wants-more-foreign-investment-great-lakes-region <p>The nation’s former Treasury Secretary has an idea about how to bring more foreign investment to the Great Lakes region. He’s coming to Detroit today to pitch it to the city’s business leaders.</p><p></p><p>Henry Paulson sees the Great Lakes region as a place presenting a lot of opportunities for emerging markets, like China, to invest.</p><p></p><p>Paulson was President George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary during the 2008 financial crisis. He championed the $700 billion bailout of the nation’s banks. Before that, Paulson headed the investment firm of Goldman Sachs.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18436 at http://michiganradio.org Fmr. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wants more foreign investment in the Great Lakes region Michigan authors reflect on lives near water through writing http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-authors-reflect-lives-near-water-through-writing <p></p><p></p><p>No matter the season, if you live in Michigan, water isn't far away.</p><p>The Great Lakes. One of Michigan's 11,000 inland lakes. A river, like the Manistee or Au Sable.</p><p>Traverse Magazine invited five Northern Michigan women writers to share their thoughts on water. Two of those writers join us today on Stateside from Interlochen Public Radio.</p><p><a href="http://anne-marieoomen.com/">Anne-Marie Oomen</a> grew up on a farm near Lake Michigan. She says that besides understanding from the very beginning the reliance of agriculture on water, she felt related to water in a spiritual way.</p><p><a href="http://fledabrown.com/">Fleda Brown</a> recalls fond memories of summer times spent near Michigan lakes as a child. “Driving up from Arkansas … and getting closer and closer to the lake and the woods, the first glimpse of water I saw through the trees was like miracle,” she said.</p><p><em>* Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:31:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 18325 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan authors reflect on lives near water through writing Great Lakes region not doing well on beach water quality http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-region-not-doing-well-beach-water-quality <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Great Lakes region didn't do so well last year in beach water quality, according to t</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he annual beach report by Natural Resources Defense Council.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:31:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18153 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes region not doing well on beach water quality Great Lakes lover and her thousand-mile adventures http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-lover-and-her-thousand-mile-adventures <p></p><p>After hiking some 2,000 miles around the Great Lakes, Loreen Niewenhuis is headed to the islands of the Great Lakes for another thousand-mile adventure of hiking, boating, kayaking, and bicycling.</p><p>First, she hiked completely around Lake Michigan, her "1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach." Then she decided to hike the shorelines of all five Great Lakes, another 1,000-mile adventure.</p><p>She has turned both of those into books.</p><p>Now she is working on her third journey: <a href="http://laketrek.blogspot.com/">A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Island adventure</a>. This month, she'll be visiting Isle Royale to help out with wolf and moose research.</p><p>Niewenhuis&nbsp;joined Stateside today to talk about the environmental issue she observed on her island journeys and recount her amazing experiences, including searching for moose bones on Isle Royale and hiking Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the full interview with Loreen above.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:33:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 18020 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes lover and her thousand-mile adventures Big increase in the number of fatal drownings in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/big-increase-number-fatal-drownings-great-lakes <p></p><p>Swimmers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and boaters in Michigan need to be more careful on the water.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We're at 23 fatal </span>drownings<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on the five Great Lakes so far this year. It's about 50% up from last year at this time," says Bob Pratt, the director of education at&nbsp;<a href="http://glsrp.org/">The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. </a>He says many recent deaths have been boaters who were swimming or they ran into trouble while boating on the lakes.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:45:03 +0000 Kyle Norris 17968 at http://michiganradio.org Big increase in the number of fatal drownings in the Great Lakes What would you do if killer lampreys invaded your town? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-would-you-do-if-killer-lampreys-invaded-your-town <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Would you:</span></p><p>A) run away screaming</p><p>B) attack them with golf clubs, weed whackers and curling irons, or</p><p>C) haplessly fall victim to them as you enjoy a quiet afternoon of fishing with your dog?</p><p>The residents of a fictional Michigan town do all of the above in <a href="http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/blood-lake">"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys"</a> airing this week on Animal Planet. It's by the same people who brought us "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/">Sharknado</a>."</p><p>Watch the trailer below:</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="275" id="dit-video-embed" scrolling="no" src="http://snagplayer.video.dp.discovery.com/861210/snag-it-player.htm?auto=no" width="550"></iframe></p><p>Really, it was only a matter of time. With its toothy suction cup for a face and razor sharp tongue, the sea lamprey was a horror movie villain just waiting to shine.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17790 at http://michiganradio.org What would you do if killer lampreys invaded your town? New conservation program will help Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/new-conservation-program-will-help-great-lakes <p>Organizations protecting the Great Lakes are being promised a big boost from the federal government.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent on conservation programs in eight significant regions of the country, including the Great Lakes.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&amp;contentid=2014/05/0104.xml">The announcement</a> was made near Bay City this afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:32:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 17768 at http://michiganradio.org New conservation program will help Great Lakes Army Corps tries to lure common terns back to the nest http://michiganradio.org/post/army-corps-tries-lure-common-terns-back-nest <p>The common tern used to nest in great numbers in the lower Great Lakes region, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. But in recent decades, common tern nests and their brown speckled eggs have largely disappeared from the region.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Julie Grant 17754 at http://michiganradio.org Army Corps tries to lure common terns back to the nest VIDEO: Watch a huge fog bank roll off Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/video-watch-huge-fog-bank-roll-lake-michigan <p>Spring is here and warmer air has finally come to the region, but we're still surrounded by five refrigerators – the five Great Lakes.</p><p>Lake Michigan broke a record this past winter for total ice coverage, so you know there won't be many people swimming in the lake over Memorial Day weekend.</p><p>The lakes will, however, have plenty of fisherman on them. And with the cold water and warm air, they might experience fog.</p><p>But have you ever seen a fog bank like this?</p><p>http://youtu.be/E9jlBF00w4w</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00:37 +0000 Mark Brush 17731 at http://michiganradio.org VIDEO: Watch a huge fog bank roll off Lake Michigan Could there be an up side to Asian carp? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-there-be-side-asian-carp <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you hear the words "Asian carp," chances are that nothing good will come to mind.</span></p><p>We know they're big, ugly, lightning-fast, voracious eaters, and a highly invasive species.&nbsp;</p><p>And there are great fears as to what could happen if they decide to make the Great Lakes home.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duane Chapman is a research fish biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. He leads their Asian carp research. Chapman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is among scientists who say there has been an up side to all the studies they've been doing since the Asian carp came onto our radar screens.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He joined today us on Stateside.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:29:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 17721 at http://michiganradio.org Could there be an up side to Asian carp? Scientist sheds new light on proposed nuclear waste site on Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/scientist-sheds-new-light-proposed-nuclear-waste-site-lake-huron <p></p><p>Its official name is the Deep Geologic Repository project (DGR).</p><p>It's a proposed underground site to store nuclear waste. A site that would be located less than a mile from Lake Huron near the town of Kincardine, Ontario. It’s about 11 miles northeast of Port Huron on the Canadian side of the lake.</p><p>If Ontario Power Generation wins approval, its underground site could store 52 million gallons of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste – again, less than a mile from the source of drinking water for many millions of Americans and Canadians.</p><p>Nuclear scientist Frank Greening once worked for Ontario Power Generation.</p><p>He says some of the materials that would be stored underground are hundreds of times more radioactive than what was told to Canadian government officials who are considering the site.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with Frank Greening above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 01:39:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 17608 at http://michiganradio.org Scientist sheds new light on proposed nuclear waste site on Lake Huron Pushing to expand the ban on a lawn care ingredient http://michiganradio.org/post/pushing-expand-ban-lawn-care-ingredient <p>Algal blooms <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/warmer-waters-fuel-toxic-algal-blooms-great-lakes">continue to plague Lake Erie</a>. Farms and wastewater have gotten a lot of attention for contributing nutrients that create these harmful blooms.</p><p></p><p>More recently, the spotlight has focused on lawn care. Grass fertilizers can also contain phosphorus that winds up in waterways. Michigan and other states around the Great Lakes have already banned lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus. Now international regulators and others are pushing Ohio and Pennsylvania to do the same.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:27:03 +0000 Julie Grant 17405 at http://michiganradio.org Pushing to expand the ban on a lawn care ingredient 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