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Radio Shows on WEMU 89.1FM

Washtenaw County's Office of the Water Resources Commissioner helps to 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, August 16: Dr. John Lehman, a professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, to discuss the cleanup progress at Ford Lake and the possibility of algal blooms, which have historically been a problem. He and his team discovered the process by which nuisance algal blooms occur, and a system for preventing them in Ford Lake.
  • Wednesday, August 30: Jeremy Moghtader, Farm Manager of the U of M Campus Farm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, to discuss UM’s first “Campus Farm,” which is a tool for fostering education and hands-on learning about sustainable farming and a part of U of M’s commitment to purchasing 20% local or sustainable food by 2025.
  • Wednesday, September 6: State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) provides an update on the Gelman 1,4-dioxane plume, and what being done to move from plume containment to actual clean-up.


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!

  • August 25, 2017: Crosswalk confusion in Ann Arbor
    The City of Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan says walking reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion, while improving our health. But, walking can be risky. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a pedestrian dies after being hit by a car every 1.6 hours in the United States. Understandably, many people feel safer behind the wheel, than in front of it. How can people get across the street safely? There is considerable debate over best strategies. 
  • July 28, 2017: Can local climate efforts the solve the global crisis?
    The U.S. is out of the Paris Climate Accord. Despite lack of support from the current administration, many are heartened by the growing interest in finding solutions emanating from other levels of government. This installment explores a fundamental question: at what level will it be most effective to concentrate our efforts? 
  • June 30: Road Rage - Bike vs. Car
    More and more people are opting to cycle rather than drive for at least some of their transportation, whether for personal health, or for the health of the planet. But safety is an issue, and emotions run high. Conflicts occur over who has a right to the roadway. Should we encourage bicycles in the street, or should we try to separate bikes from cars? In this installment of WEMU’s Green Room series, Barbara Lucas explores varying perspectives.
  • May 26: The Cultural Colors of Green Burial
    Because natural burial has environmental benefits over conventional burial, it is often favored by those who like to "go green." It also can appeal for other, more conservative reasons. It’s the choice of some independently-minded rural folks, and to many religious traditionalists. Additionally, it can help out the local businesses that serve the growing demand.  
  • 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.

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