Issues of the Environment

Every Wednesday morning at 6:50 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., Washtenaw County Public Works and the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner introduces a special guest speaker on the "Issues of the Environment" Radio Show, hosted by David Fair on WEMU (89.1 FM). Tune in each week to hear about environmental issues, programs and news impacting our community!

"Issues of the Environment" has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

Join Us

We are always looking for guest speakers to talk about projects and environmental issues relevant to the residents of Washtenaw County. Please contact Mary Lapp if you have ideas for upcoming shows!

  1. 2022
  2. 2021
  3. 2020
  4. 2019
  5. 2018
  6. 2017
Date Title
05/25/22 The drive to improve Washtenaw County's ecological health with expansion of native plant species
05/18/22 Progress and next steps in Ypsilanti for removing defunct dam from the Huron River
05/11/22 Ann Arbor is updating its plan to protect and expand the city's 'urban forest'
05/04/22 Veridian at County Farm in Ann Arbor preps construction in its net-zero energy development
04/27/22 Addressing challenges for farmers in Washtenaw County and the State of Michigan
04/20/22 City of Ann Arbor introduces its 'No Mow May' campaign to protect pollinators
04/13/22 Border-to-Border Trail in Washtenaw County to expand another three miles in 2022
04/06/22 Ann Arbor looks to become 1st in the nation to decarbonize an entire neighborhood
03/30/22 How prepared is Washtenaw County for a nuclear incident?
03/23/22 The ecological impacts of reading and how best to make a difference for the environment
03/16/22 Promoting plant-based diets in Ann Arbor to create a more sustainable community
03/09/22 IPCC Climate Report has dire warning with consequences to impact Huron River Watershed
03/02/22 Assessing damage caused by winter road salt
02/23/22 A shifting energy future in Ann Arbor and beyond
02/16/22 Alleviating energy burden for Michigan’s low-income households
02/09/22 Ongoing work for safe and affordable water in Michigan
02/02/22 'Resilient Washtenaw' climate action plan getting ready for launch
01/26/22 The Poles Are Warming, So Why Is It So Cold In Washtenaw County? (encore)
01/19/22 New NRDC Report Predicts Dire Public Health Outcomes From Climate Change (encore)
01/12/22 Ann Arbor Farmers Market Celebrates 100 Years (encore)
01/05/22 Celebrating 25 Years Of Bringing Environmental Information To You (encore)

Issues Of The Environment: Celebrating 25 Years Of Bringing Environmental Information To You  By JAN 1, 2020

Every week, for a quarter of a century now, WEMU’s David Fair has delivered "Issues of the Environment," which has brought information involving our community’s environmental health.  He has welcomed numerous guests to discuss matters, such as managing food waste, monitoring climate change, and fighting hazardous chemicals like PFAS.  This week, David welcomes Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner Evan Pratt for a look back at 25 years of "Issues of the Environment."’