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Control of Water Supply Flows To Foreign Company

A German company is now the owner of large water companies in
several Great Lakes states. The trend has many communities concerned about the future of their water supplies, and how foreign ownership may affect water quality. And some advocates want towns to take control of their local water supply. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports.  Go to full article

Canton Says "No" to Fluoridated Water

This week the Canton village Board of Trustees voted to end the thirty year old practice of adding fluoride to its public water. For decades, fluoridation has been considered a generally accepted measure to prevent tooth decay. But growing concern over long-term health risks swayed the trustees. As David Sommerstein reports, Canton could set an example for other North Country towns.  Go to full article

IJC Hears Concerns Over Task Force Report

An international group that monitors the health of the Great Lakes is working on a report that they hope will help policymakers manage the waters in the basin. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Annie MacDowell reports on a public hearing that took place in Chicago.  Go to full article

Wetlands Policy Leaves Some High and Dry?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers recently announced plans to change their policies on enforcing the Clean Water Act on some wetlands. The move is in
response to a Supreme Court decision that puts limits on the federal government's jurisdiction over wetlands. Some environmental advocates are concerned the move will put millions of acres of wetlands in jeopardy. The Great Lakes Radio
Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports.  Go to full article

Canton to Reconsider Fluoridation

A public hearing on the pros and cons of fluoridation in Canton last week has prompted the village Board to take a closer look at the practice. Some 60% of communities across the country add fluoride to their water to help prevent tooth decay. But fluoride critics say the compound has adverse health affects. As David Sommerstein reports, Canton village residents may get a chance to vote on the issue.  Go to full article

Give a Gift Tree this Holiday Season

The St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District is hoping to boost its revenues and promote local conservation by offering holiday gift certificates for its annual tree seedling and shrub program. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Water Watchers: Canton Students Monitor Grasse River

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Clean Water Act, a milestone in our nation's efforts to protect water resources. To honor the 30-year anniversary of that legislation, communities in every state celebrated Nation Water Monitoring Day last week. It was an opportunity for everyone to learn how to help protect local waterways by becoming citizen monitors. Todd Moe tagged along as Canton High School students scrutinized the physical, chemical and biological aspects of a river in their backyard  Go to full article

Science Students Head to Local Streams for Hands-on Learning

Martha Foley talks with Marilyn Mayer, a local biologist, who's spearheading a partnership between St. Lawrence University and local science classrooms.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Voices Opposition to Expanding St. Lawrence River

Senator Hillary Clinton made her opposition to expanding the St. Lawrence Seaway channel plain Friday. Martha Foley talk with Save The River's Stephanie Weiss about the environmental group's fight to kill the expansion plan once and for all.  Go to full article

Measuring the Health of the Great Lakes Ecosystems

Researchers, government agencies, industry, and environmental groups will gather in Cleveland today to try to assess the environmental health of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.
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