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Great Lakes month in review: What’s next in algae fight?

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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we’re focusing on the Toledo water crisis, which was in the news for several weeks this month, and could be again. This segment is produced by Current State as part of a partnership with Great Lakes Echo. Continue Reading →

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A deeper dive into Lake Erie’s pea-green soup

Water 'buffalos,' like this one provided by the Ohio National Guard, kept Toledo residents supplied with drinking water during the recent 3-day water crisis. Image: Karen Schaefer

Karen Schaefer, an independent public radio journalist based in Ohio who has been covering algae blooms in Lake Erie for years, reported on the recent Toledo water crisis for Great Lakes Echo. Here she gives deeper background on the development of the threat posed by algae and what may lie ahead. Additional stories here. This report first appeared on WKAR’s Current State public affairs program and is produced as a partnership with Great Lakes Echo.   Continue Reading →

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Failed algae policies leave Toledo high and dry

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Toledo citizens were without water this past weekend as life-threatening toxins caused by harmful algae far surpassed safe levels. That’s 400,000 people left to scramble for water wherever they could find it. Ohio declared a state of emergency and it was one of those all hands on deck situations. Toledo without water because of toxic algae? We shouldn’t be surprised. Continue Reading →

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Mr. Great Lakes: Saginaw Bay algae events, Earth Day and Ogemaw warblers

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Mr. Great Lakes (Jeff Kart) reports from Bay City, Michigan’s Delta College Q-90.1 FM. Mr. Great Lakes, March 21, 2014.  

This week, Kart discusses two upcoming Saginaw Bay events about algae, an Earth Day essay contest and the Kirtland’s warbler population in Ogemaw County, Mich. Text at Mr. Great Lakes Continue Reading →

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