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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

Religious Leaders Challenge Bush on Global Warming

Religious leaders from 20 states including are calling on President Bush to change his stance on global warming. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports.  Go to full article

Great Lakes States Reduce Game Fish Stocking

Great Lakes states are reducing the number of large fish they're stocking in the waterways. Fewer salmon, trout, and bass are being added to the lakes for recreational fishing because of changes in the ecosystems that are making it harder for the fish to survive. As Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports, those changes may be symptoms of bigger problems in the Great Lakes.  Go to full article

Groups Sue EPA to Stop Exotic Species Introduction

Some environmental groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because they say it's not doing enough to stop exotic species from entering U.S. waterways. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

135 Lead Hazard Sites Around Great Lakes

More than 135 sites possibly containing hazardous levels of lead have been found across the Great Lakes. And at least some of those sites could pose a major health risk for humans. The discovery was announced at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dale Willman has more.  Go to full article

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