Category: Great Lakes Now

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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