Bigheaded carp pose big threat, new model suggests

Bigheaded carp are a big threat to yellow perch, according to a new model that forecasts what would happen over the next several decades if bighead and silver carp made it into Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. The biggest concern is disruption of the food web. We hear from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Michigan State, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. By Carin Tunney.

Greening Detroit’s Riverfront

The EPA has signed a $2.5 million agreement to clean the Detroit River and create new habitat for wildlife. The money will help clean contaminated sediments and create homes for fish and wildlife in a cove area at the Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Parkbeing built along the waterfront. We hear from the Detroit River Conservancy and the former manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. By Ri’An Jackson.

Rising waters threaten wells, drinking water systems

Rising water levels, including the Great Lakes, inland waters and groundwater, could threaten the safety of drinking water from wells and damage septic and sanitary sewage systems. We talk to a well driller in Traverse City, a Grand Traverse County environmental health expert and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Katrianna Ray.

Study finds health risk from Pine River fish

A recent study finds a risk that anglers in the Pine RIver may become sickened by the bacteria E. coli from agricultural runoff. Researchers are from Alma College and the University of Toronto. We hear from the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, a member of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Kyle Davidson.

Invasive mussels clear water, coat wrecks at Thunder Bay

Huron is now the clearest of the Great Lakes, and that’s good news for scuba divers enjoying the 100+ shipwrecks in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Give credit to the invasive quagga mussels that filter plankton and to reduced levels of phosphorus We talk to a diver from Alpena and experts from Thunder Bay, Michigan Tech and NOAA. By Kurt Williams.

Study finds health risk from Pine River fish

A new study finds a risk that anglers on the Pine River may become sickened by the bacteria E. coli from agricultural runoff. Researchers are from Alma College and the University of Toronto. We hear from the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, a member of the Montcalm County Board of commissioners and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Kyle Davidson.

Pooch poop poses perils

Your doggy’s poop may be polluting waterways and beaches, posing health threats and leading to closures for swimming and fishing. We hear from experts at Michigan State and from other Great Lakes states. By Ri’An Jackson.

Rising waters threaten wells, drinking water systems

Rising water levels, including the Great Lakes, inland waters and groundwater, could threaten the safety of drinking water from wells and damage septic and sanitary sewage systems. We talk to a well driller in Traverse City, a Grand Traverse County environmental health expert and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Katrianna Ray.

Water sensors, data collaboration make Great Lakes smarter

The Great Lakes Observing System has created “Smart Great Lakes,” starting with Lake Erie, by making it easy for the public and policy makers to access data from buoys and underwater probes. Communities that rely on the lake for drinking water can get an early warning of incoming algae blooms. Organizers have a five-year strategic plan to extend the system to all the Great Lakes. By Indri Maulidor.