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Radio Shows on WEMU 89.1FM

Washtenaw County's Office of the Water Resources Commissioner and Public Health's Environmental Health Division help produce two radio shows in collaboration with WEMU News. Tune in to hear about environmental issues impacting Washtenaw County!

89.1 WEMUIssues of the Environment
Weekly radio show that airs each Wednesday at 6:50am and 8:50am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

  • Wednesday, April 5: Kristen Schweighoefer, Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Public Health, discusses the county's unique Pollution Prevention Program. This program provides oversight and inspections to the 1200+ facilities in the county that store, manufacture or use hazardous or toxic materials.
  • Wednesday, April 19: Gerry Anderson, chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, will discuss why DTE is committed to renewables, despite the possibility that coal may become less regulated under the new presidential administration.
  • Wednesday, April 25: Holly Vaughn, Wildlife Communications Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will discuss the management of invasive mute swans. This summer, the Dexter area is conducting active management of mute swans that includes oiling the eggs so that they don't hatch and euthanizing some adults. Mute swans, which are a non-native species, have become a concern for the trumpeter swan (which is native). In recent years, the trumpeter swan has made a good comeback in our area;  however, the mute swan population has not been in check, and they compete for nesting areas.


The Green Room
Monthly radio show that airs the last Friday of each month at 6:50am and 8:50am. This show has received a Merit award for Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

  • February 24, 2017: Urban Living Density - A Negative Or A Positive?
    Every parcel slated for development comes with a host of environmental considerations, from stormwater control to cleanup of soil contamination. Two of the considerations most hotly debated in the Ann Arbor area are greenspace and density. 
  • Ann Arbor's 1, 4 Dioxane Plume - Series
    Gelman Life Sciences on Wagner Road stopped using dioxane 30 years ago. But despite efforts to contain it, the 850,000 pounds they dumped have been spreading throughout the groundwater. Now the plume covers about three square miles, on Ann Arbor’s west side. There has been much debate over decisions to create a prohibition zone, restricting water use in the contamination area, rather than focusing on contamination removal. Barbara Lucas explores this contamination in a series of interviews.


Tune in to 89.1FM WEMU to hear the shows on air, or listen to archived shows on our Issues of the Environment and The Green Room pages.

For questions or ideas for future show topics, please contact Mary Mathias Lapp.

Thanks for listening!


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