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!

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  5. 2018
  6. 2017
Date Title
12/07/22 Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center applies new methodology to detecting spread of toxic chemicals
11/30/22 The potential for hydrogen in moving away from fossil fuels
11/23/22 Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority moving forward to become entirely zero emission
11/16/22 The impact of 'forever chemicals' on Michigan's fish and wildlife
11/09/22 Ann Arbor Community Climate Action proposal overwhelmingly approved by voters
11/02/22 White-nose syndrome threatens Michigan's bat population
10/26/22 MI-CARES team conducting extensive study on cancer-causing chemicals
10/19/22 'Resilient Washtenaw' climate action plan advances toward approval and implementation
10/12/22 The environmental pros and cons of the federal Inflation Reduction Act for Washtenaw County and the region
09/28/22 Protecting Washtenaw County's waters in the season of campfires and wood-burning
09/21/22 New Ypsilanti District Library branch to include a solar array and bird-friendly glass
09/14/22 "Trash Talk Tour" returns to Washtenaw County
09/07/22 Project Grow celebrates 50 years of community gardening in Washtenaw County
08/31/22 An Ann Arbor high school freshman leading the way for a new generation of environmental activists
08/24/22 Investing in the Ypsilanti area's ability to capture stormwater and adapt to a changing climate
08/17/22 The latest on the chemical contamination of the Huron River
08/10/22 Combating greenhouse gas emissions in Michigan Medicine's surgical rooms
08/03/22 TheRide has big plans after voters approve millage issue

Improving recycling rates and quality of recycling materials in Washtenaw Count
07/20/22 Legacy Land Conservancy adds more Washtenaw County acreage to its conservation efforts
07/13/22 The push for electrification in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County
07/06/22 The Gelman 1,4 dioxane plume continues to spread and moves closer to the Huron River
06/29/22 Exploring and tracking Ann Arbor's butterfly population
06/22/22 Making the case for preserving Ypsilanti's Peninsular Paper Dam
06/08/22 The intersection of environmental activism and art
06/01/22 Ann Arbor presents this year's 'Zero Waste Challenge'
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."’