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Environmental Cloak and Dagger

Keeping track of polluters in a country as large as Canada poses a serious challenge. Truckloads of hazardous waste cross the border with the U.S. every day. Logging companies work near protected wildlife. And smoke from factories fills the air. But the Canadian government has a new weapon in the fight against polluters. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports on Canada's growing team of environmental spies.  Go to full article

Electrical Charges Zap Pollution

One of the biggest challenges facing Great Lakes water quality comes from polluted harbors. Scores of underwater sites have been identified, but cleanup has been painfully slow. Now, some people are taking a new approach, they're using an electrical charge to clean up pollutants. It's the first test in this country of the system. Supporters say it's cheaper and faster than conventional methods. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bob Kelleher reports.  Go to full article
Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC
Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC

Lake Champlain Clean-up: One Person At A Time

A conversation with Julie Silverman from the Echo Center for Lake Champlain, in Burtlington, Vt. The Center is working to find ways that regular people can help clean up the lake.  Go to full article

Groups Organize "Year of Clean Water"

October 18th marks the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the kick-off to what's being called the Year of Clean Water. Conservation groups throughout the country will also use the date to establish the first National Water Monitoring Day. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Matt Schafer Powell reports.  Go to full article

Cash to Clean-up Polluted Lake Sediments?

The U. S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would provide $250-million to help clean up the bottom of the Great Lakes. A similar bill is currently working its way through the U.S. Senate. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Matt Shafer Powell reports.  Go to full article

Lake Placid: Sewer Woes Delay Development Projects

The village of Lake Placid is scrambling to raise ten million dollars needed to rebuild the sewage treatment plant. Local officials have already doubled water rates - a move that angered many hotel owners. Mayor Robi Politi now says major new development projects - and tourism events - will have to wait until the new plant comes on-line. As Brian Mann reports, some business leaders worry that the sewage bottleneck will derail Lake Placid's prosperity.  Go to full article

IJC Report Calls for More Action

A commission that monitors the environmental health of the Great Lakes says current trends fall short of protecting the Great Lakes from pollution. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush reports.  Go to full article

New York, Vermont Senators: $55 Million For Lake Champlain

Senators from New York and Vermont introduced new legislation Thursday, that would spend 55 million dollars cleaning up Lake Champlain. The money would fund programs designed to cut pollution and control invasive species. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Faces Costly Sewer Woes; and in Wilmington?Angry Neighbors

This summer, a spill at Lake Placid's wastewater treatment plant sent untreated sewage flowing into the Chubb and the Ausable Rivers. The sewer plant is thirty years old. Village officials are scrambling to raise ten million dollars to build a new facility. But as Brian Mann reports, some residents down-stream worry that the project won't stop the flow of pollution.  Go to full article

Canada's Plans To Battle Farm Pollution

Seven people died and more than two thousand were made ill when e-coli bacteria contaminated Walkerton, Ontario's water supply more than two years ago. The contamination came from cattle manure that had leeched into the ground. Now, the government of Ontario has come out with its plans in an attempt to prevent another tragedy like Walkerton. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports.  Go to full article

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