Invasive species can get into the Great Lakes in the ballast water of ships. There are salties – those are the ones that cross the oceans. And lakers – those are the ones that just travel within the Great Lakes. This week, a federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write new rules for all these ships.
Flint Had no Plan to Minimize Corrosion in Pipes to Prevent Lead Problems
In Flint, lead levels in some children's blood have spiked dramatically. Scientists believe the Flint River is part of the problem. Flint switched from Detroit's water system and started pulling water from the Flint River last year. We've been hearing some conflicting things from state officials about what exactly Flint has been doing — if anything — to cut down on lead in the water. We sort it out.
Invasive Fruit Fly a Pesky Problem for Farmers and Home Gardeners
There's an invasive fruit fly attacking berries in Michigan. It's become a big problem for growers... and home gardeners too. We'll get some advice on what to do if your backyard berries are under siege.
You can think of wetlands as nature's kidneys. They filter water. Wetlands also help control floodwater. And all kinds of creatures live in them. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has released its first status report on the wetlands in our state.
RoundUp and health concerns & Learning to find dinner in the woods
A new study points to potential health problems with a widely-used herbicide. Rewind a few thousand years to a time before grocery stores existed. You would have gotten a lot of your food by finding it out in the wild. Foraging is no longer a necessary skill ... but some people like to do it as a hobby. Paula Friedrich recently sat in on a foraging class for beginners.
The Canadians raise fish commercially in open-water pens on the Great Lakes. Should Michigan businesses get in the game too? Proponents say producing seafood like this has the potential to be a billion dollar business. They say Michigan could be a leader in the aquaculture industry. But critics say it's too risky, and it wouldn't mix well with the state's sport fishery. State officials are taking a close look at the idea and are expected to come out with recommendations.