Category: Environment

Riverfront East Alliance reflects on 20-year beautification of Detroit Riverfront

Detroit’s riverfront is one of the city’s main attractions. It attracts an estimated 3.5 million people each year. However, back in the late 90s, there was another plan for the riverfront. One Detroit contributor Bryce Huffman talks with members of the Riverfront East Alliance about their past preservation efforts, which helped prevent casinos from being built along the riverfront.

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Outdoor Adventure Center brings Michigan’s nature and recreation to Detroit

Virtual kayaking, snowmobiling, ATVing and more can be found at The Outdoor Adventure Center, which is run by the Department of Natural Resources. The center aims to entertain and educate its visitors by bringing Michigan’s outdoor activities to its indoor facility. Contributor Sarah Zientarski talks with Assistant Director Missy Sharp about what visitors can experience at the center.

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Schoolcraft vs. Dust: Residents raise concerns over air quality, living conditions on Detroit’s west side

A concrete crushing company started operating in Detroit’s Schoolcraft neighborhood a few years ago to the surprise of many people living nearby. Residents have raised concerns over air quality and living conditions from the concrete dust created from the site. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota and contributor Nicole Macdonald talk with residents about their concerns with heavy industry in the area.

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New CRC report shows Michigan’s infrastructure struggles under climate change pressure

With the impacts of climate change at the forefront, what it will take to address the stress on Michigan’s current water infrastructure in the face of future extreme weather? The Citizens Research Council of Michigan’s latest report explores the multiple challenges involved with rebuilding and maintaining the state’s infrastructure, as well as remediating and protecting the environment.

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The urban outdoors: Belle Isle Nature Center re-opens following $2.5 million renovation

The Belle Isle Nature Center has re-opened its doors following a $2.5 million renovation to the public facility. The updated space aims to reflect the vibrant intersection between Detroit’s urban core and the natural ecosystem that lives within it. One Detroit producer Daijah Moss took a visit to the newly renovated nature center to learn more about the new exhibits and which ones returned.

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‘Life in Bloom’ host J Schwanke teaches the art of making beautiful flower arrangements

What does it take to create beautiful flower arrangements year-round in Michigan? “Life in Bloom” host J Schwanke invites WRCJ radio host and producer Cecelia Sharpe into his Grand Rapids home for a lesson on flower arranging. Together, they create a two-sided flower arrangement, discuss some common obstacles to flower health, and talk about how viewers can build their own at home.

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Toxic Coal Ash Contaminants Could Threaten Michigan’s Drinking Water, Great Lakes

“Great Lakes Now” host Ward Detwiler speaks with Northwestern University professor, journalist Kari Lydersen about research being done on toxic coal ash contaminants by the Energy News Network and her journalism students and the efforts to prevent coal ash from contaminating Michigan’s Great Lakes. This story is part of Great Lakes Now’s “Poisonous Ponds: Tackling Toxic Coal Ash” episode.

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Placemaking: The Path to Increasing Quality of Life, Talent Attraction in Michigan

Future of Work host Will Glover examines whether Southeast Michigan has the infrastructure, amenities and investments to attract and retain the future of workforce talent, the barriers against placemaking efforts, how the future of work intersects with residents’ quality of life, and the need for strategic city planning and public transit in Michigan with a panel if expert guests.

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Detroit’s citywide community service event, ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, returns for 16th year

Detroit’s massive, annual community service event, known as “ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day,” returns August 6, 2022. “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with ARISE Detroit Executive Director Luther Keith about the improvement projects, resource fairs, concerts and art festivals on tap for this year’s event. Plus, a a major collaboration with the Detroit Public School Community District is announced.

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Drowning in Dues: The Cost of Water for Communities of Color

“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with We the People of Detroit Co-founder Cecily McClellan and Wayne State University Law Professor Peter Hammer about the rising cost of water in Detroit, looming water shutoffs, and the racial disparities impacting access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water. 

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Sustainable sushi? How one metro Detroit chef is attempting to change the seafood industry

One Detroit Editor Chris Jordan talks with Detroit Free Press Food Critic Lyndsay Green about the sustainability efforts that landed Sozai Restaurant as the Free Press’ best new restaurant in metro Detroit for 2022. Then, Jordan heads down to Sozai himself to talk with Sozai Restaurant owner and chef Hamiije Sato about food sustainability, Great Lakes fish, and how to practice sustainability while eating out.

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BridgeDetroit | People’s Food Co-op Rewrites Economics in Detroit Grocery Battle

The Detroit People’s Food Co-op will be part of the larger Detroit Food Commons, a Black-led community development complex on Woodward Avenue expected to include an incubator kitchen for culinary artists and food entrepreneurs, a West African and Detroit-centric healthy foods cafe and will have space for community meetings, events, lectures, films, and performances.

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Tapping into their roots: Detroit Sugarbush Project collects sap from Rouge Park

One Detroit contributor AJ Walker joins the Detroit Sugarbush Project members for a day in Rouge Park collecting sap to learn more about the process of making maple syrup and how the group has been trying to revive the cultural tradition. Plus, Antonio Cosme, of the National Wildlife Federation, explains how the project provides a sense of healing for communities of color.

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Last Year’s Flooding Damage Leaves Some Detroiters Still Waiting for Federal Aid, Repairs

Some Detroit homeowners are still trying to clean up the damage to their homes from last year’s major flooding events, and they’re still waiting for financial assistance. One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley connect for a discussion about flooding relief, or lack thereof, for Detroit homeowners, the current state of the city’s infrastructure and the risks of heavy rain we may see in the future.

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Lighthouse Preservation Efforts Underway for Spectacle Reef Lighthouse

Lake Huron and Lake Michigan come together in the Straits of Mackinac—long considered one of the most treacherous waterways on all of the Great Lakes. For nearly 150 years, the Spectacle Reef Lighthouse has guarded ships passing through the Straits. Great Lakes now explores the preservation efforts and initiatives going into restoring the historic, iconic site.

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Feeding Frenzy: Watch the Belle Isle Aquarium’s Fish Get Fed

Some get lettuce, others shrimp and still other finned residents of the Belle Isle Aquarium get a vitamin shell mixture in their meal. In a special One Detroit segment produced by Great Lakes Now’s Annamarie Sysling, audiences get a behind-the-scenes look inside of Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium to see what the fish are fed and how the food they eat keeps them healthy.

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Michigan Photography Book Shows State’s Natural, Manmade Beauty 

Glenn Stevens knows all about the beautiful landscapes that stretch from the top of Michigan’s mitten down to the south, so much that he created and published a photography book filled with his photos from across the state. One Detroit’s Christy McDonald chats with Glenn about his new book and the even deeper meaning behind him creating it.

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12/23/21: One Detroit – Wigilia, Mochitsuki, Northern Lights Photography

As we enter into the holiday season, the One Detroit team takes a look at holiday traditions from around the globe including Wigilia, a Polish Christmas Eve dinner celebration, and Mochitsuki, a New Year’s celebration involving pounding rice into round cakes. Plus viewers will get a glimpse into the northern lights along Lake Superior and learn why Michigan is one of the best places in the lower 48 states to view them.

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Stakeholders Discuss Solutions to Benton Harbor Lead Water Crisis

Host Stephen Henderson talks with Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad, Michigan EGLE’s Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina Strong, and Community Response Team Chairperson Princella Tobias to learn more about the lead-contaminated water crisis currently affecting the city and its residents. The panel discusses the problems with Benton Harbor’s aging infrastructure, the impact of having unsafe drinking water in a predominately low-income community, and the possible solutions for resolving the water crisis now and in the future.

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12/14/21: American Black Journal – Bentor Harbor Water Crisis, Homeless Youth Campaign

Host Stephen Henderson talks with stakeholders from Benton Harbor about the lead-contaminated water crisis currently affecting the city and its residents. They discuss aging infrastructure, the impacts of unsafe drinking water, and possible solutions. Plus, the Detroit Phoenix Center shares its latest campaign, “One Night Without a Bed,” which raises awareness and donations for the 4.2 million youth who experience homelessness each year.

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The Future of EVs

Ford is unveiling its new all electric F-150 next week. GM has pledged all light vehicles in their...

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Flint Charges

The search for justice in the Flint water crisis has led prosecutors to charge former Michigan governor Rick Snyder with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty.

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The high cost of high water

A Great Lakes Now report takes a look at the city of South Haven, MI, where the costs from high water damage are estimated to top $20 million.

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From PBS NewsHour: Healing Flint

After a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, triggered by high levels of lead in the drinking water, a number of programs are working to encourage good nutrition for children in order to prevent recurring effects of the neurotoxin on growing bodies.

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8/29/19: One Detroit – Livernois Construction / Water Levels / Women DJ’s

A One Detroit report focuses on the massive streetscape construction project that is hurting businesses along Livernois, the Avenue of Fashion. Plus, Christy talks with the co-owner of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge about how the construction is impacting his business and what the City of Detroit is doing in response to Livernois Avenue business owners’ concerns.

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8/1/19: One Detroit – Democratic Presidential Debates in Detroit

Stephen and Nolan are joined by two in-studio roundtable guests: Kim Trent of the WSU Board of Governors and Compass Strategies and Howard Edelson of The Edelson Group. They discuss the Democratic Presidential Debates in Detroit — the winners and losers, the topics, and the impact on Detroit and Michigan.

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Record high water on Detroit’s East Side

An emergency situation in the flooded Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood on Detroit’s east side comes with 100,000 sandbags and the workers to fill and stack them.
The city of Detroit is looking for short term solutions where record high water levels and too much rain have left residents submerged near the Detroit River. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota has the story.

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Growing food in Detroit, no sunshine needed

“Hydroponic agriculture is really the next level technique where you’re growing in an area where there’s no soil available or where the soil’s highly contaminated,” farmhand Allie Mason said, “It’s an excellent solution when you’re living in a highly urban setting to be able to grow hydroponically and not only are we growing hydroponically but vertically so we’re maximizing the use of space.”

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3/28/19: One Detroit – North Corktown / PFAS / Headlines

In this One Detroit report, residents in Detroit’s North Corktown community talk about the changes in their neighborhood and their concerns over development during a lively community conversation hosted by Detroit Public Television and Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD).

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2/14/19: One Detroit – State of the State / John Dingell

As the nation bids farewell to the Dean of Congress this week, One Detroit remembers Congressman John Dingell through one of his last interviews with Nolan Finley, when he talked about his life and legacy. Governor Gretchen Whitmer gives her first State of the State address. The One Detroit team analyzes the Governor’s speech and her priorities for Michigan.

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A boost for Rivian?

Plymouth-based Rivian, maker of electric pick-up trucks and sports utility vehicles, planned to hit the market in the next two years. They could have General Motors and Amazon as stakeholders, according to a report from Reuters this week.

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Life Remodeled | One Detroit

The story of a huge Detroit neighborhood cleanup 10,000 volunteers strong. It was organized by Life Remodeled and the Durfee Society. In just six days, 316 blocks were beautified, 400 houses boarded up, and 100 alleyways cleared.

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The Door Flint Opened: America’s Drinking Water Crisis

Tomorrow at 9 pm, you’ll see the latest Great Lakes Now special half-hour program, “The Door Flint Opened.” Great Lakes Now Bureau Chief, Mary Ellen Geist, reports on how the Flint water crisis is forcing other communities to examine their own drinking water issues.

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How bad is Michigan’s PFAS problem?

Boiling water doesn’t get rid of it. Residential filters don’t take it out either. In a special Great Lakes Now report, Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Geist explains what PFAS are and how high levels of the chemicals are contaminating water on the west side of Michigan.

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3/15/18: Michigan Divided / Carl Levin / Great Lakes

How divided are we in Michigan? A new documentary takes a hard look at where we stand. Nolan goes one on one with former senator Carl Levin about politics in DC. A bad interview with education secretary Betsy DeVos puts Michigan schools in the national spotlight. Keeping track of who is taking water out of the great lakes. Episode 646

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