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Archive highlights include:
A Salmon Balancing Act
Show date: 03-27-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Michigan Sen. Stabenow: Stop the Asian Carp
Show date: 03-29-2012
Host: Zoe Clark
In a scenario that might baffle onlookers from arid regions, people around the Great Lakes — the world’s most abundant freshwater system — are fighting over water. Complaints that levels are too high or too low are longstanding, but the debate is growing louder as a warming climate raises the specter of more dramatic changes.
Now, U.S. and Canadian officials are considering an audacious and costly effort to control the freshwater seas’ ups and downs in a way they never have before. A panel of scientists and engineers will release Wednesday a five-year study of options ranging from minor tinkering to a massive, $8 billion engineering project that would invite comparisons to the Panama Canal or the Hoover Dam.
The latter alternative would involve using dams or other structures to regulate flows between all five Great Lakes. It’s a long shot with few supporters but by including it in their report, the experts acknowledge it could gain traction if future water fluctuations become extreme.
For the full article, see John Flesher, "Great Lakes residents clash over water levels", Petoskey News, March 27, 2012.
Heated debate over how to stop the spread of Asian carp has centered on whether to close the shipping locks around the Windy City.
Meanwhile, Asian carp continue to work their way northward via another means — illegal truck shipments of live fish.
For the full article, see Jim Lynch, "Smuggling of live Asian carp becomes Great Lakes threat", Detroit News, March 27, 2012.
This article is the first in a series of articles by reporters at both the Gaylord Herald-Times and the Petoskey News-Review. In this series, we hope to examine not only the environmental concerns of fracking and indirect impacts of the oil and gas industry, but the social and economic benefits of fracking as well. Too, we want to find out how Northern Michigan landowners can benefit from leasing their mineral rights -- and the complications that can result from signing those rights over.
For the full article, see Morgan Sherburne, "Michigan fracking 101: You've heard of it. Here's how it works", Gaylord Herald Times, March 26, 2012.
The effects on the Great Lakes of a nearly ice-free winter are shown in this Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair satellite photo released Saturday by the NASA Earth Observatory.
For the full article, see Julie Hoogland, "Lake Erie algae: Space photo reveals effects of ice-free winter on Great Lakes", MLive, March 24, 2012.
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