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National Park Service Assesses Jet-Ski Damage

The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports the National Park Service will be watching this summer to see if jet-skis damage the environment at parks where they're still allowed.  Go to full article

Changing Land Management Practices

For years, environmentalists, government workers and others have been puzzled about why more farmers don't make use of environmentally friendly land management practices. Now, researchers have found some of the reasons farmers persist in farming the way they do and why they don't listen to outside experts. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Conference on Great Lakes Invasive Species Held

The unchecked spread of invasive plants is causing alarm throughout the Great Lakes region. Invasives are plants that are often imported for ornamental use, and have now gone wild and spread to places they're not wanted. The concern over these plants is so great that hundreds of land managers, educators, botanists and others attended a recent conference in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to learn more about the problem. From the Great Lakes Radio Consortium.  Go to full article

Zone Gas Pricing Ban Bill Introduced

A Rochester area state senator has introduced a bill to ban so-called zone pricing of gasoline. He says it's unfair to consumers, and held hearings recently on the proposed zone pricing ban. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bud Lowell reports.  Go to full article

Net Site Rates Streams for Safe Swimming and Fishing

Soon you'll be able to use the Internet to see if any of your local streams are safe for swimming or fishing. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Non-native Plants Taking Over Public Lands

Government officials say invasive plants are taking over public lands at the rate of thousands of acres a day. These invasives are plants that are not native to the area. Often, plants such as garlic mustard and kudzu were brought to a region for ornamental use, before spreading to other areas where they weren't wanted. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mary Jo Wagner reports, efforts to stop the spread of these plants have been spotty.  Go to full article

Draft Team Logging Lighter on the Land

Throughout the Great Lakes states there is a resurgence of interest in a proven method of logging that is considerably lighter on the land. Today, as in the past, teams of giant workhorses and men are dragging out one log at a time and making it pay... for themselves, for the forest's owners, and possibly for the long-term health of our forests. Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Grossman reports.  Go to full article

Computers in Tractors: Surfing the South Forty

These days computers are everywhere--your car, home, office desk and even toasters. Now researchers want to install computers in another place--farmers' tractors. Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Grossman reports.  Go to full article

Biological Wastewater Treatment

Cleaning up the water we flush down the drain usually means sending it through sewer pipes to sophisticated and expensive municipal wastewater plants. But a new method of cleaning up wastewater begins and ends at the same place. And instead of using chemicals and machinery, it uses plants and animals. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Energy Department Searches for Exposed Workers

The Department of Energy is trying to reach more than one thousand former government workers in the Great Lakes region who might have been exposed to a sometimes fatal material. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

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