Piping Plover Habitat Debated

A small, sweet-sounding bird that’s on the endangered list in the Great
Lakes region will be the focus of public hearings over the next few
weeks. Federal officials want your thoughts on preserving critical
habitat for the piping plover. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Chuck
Quirmbach reports:

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Golf Courses Going Green?

For some people, looking at a golf course is seeing wide expanses of neatly trimmed lawn and nicely manicured shrubs and trees. For some environmentalists, looking at a golf course is seeing an artificial landscape supported by lots of pesticides, fertilizers, and irrigation. But a few environmentalists and golf course managers are working together to try to reduce the use of chemicals. That could mean less pollution and cheaper maintenance. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Lester Graham reports:

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Preserving a Rural School

In recent years, many rural communities have been hurt when their local school is closed or consolidated with a school in another town. Such closings can contribute to a decline in population and a loss of community identity. And the trend toward closings is growing. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Stephanie Hemphill reports on an unusual, parent-run project designed to strengthen a small rural school in northern Minnesota. The project could provide a model for other schools that want to strengthen their ties with their community:

Power Companies Seek to Avert Nox Regulation

Electric power companies and some Midwest states say they will now take their fight against an EPA regulation to the political arena. They’re unhappy with a recent federal court ruling in favor of regulation. It requires some Midwest power plants to pollute less. The EPA says reducing emissions in the Midwest will help air quality in the East. But the electric industry says it will be too costly. The Great Lakes Radio
Consortium’s Lester Graham reports:


Scientists announced recently they’ve found a way to curb the growing population of double-crested cormorants. The birds are considered a nuisance by anglers because they eat game fish in huge numbers. Many anglers support the recent efforts to reduce the number of birds. But they argue it’s not enough. The Great Lakes Radio
Consortium’s Karen Kelly reports:

Controlling the Prolific Cormorant

More than 500 double-crested cormorants were shot on an island in Lake Michigan recently. It was the latest in a string of such events. As the cormorant population continues to grow, its voracious appetite for game fish has created problems throughout the Great Lakes. That’s prompted biologists to look for ways to reduce the bird’s population. In New York, those efforts have led to the destruction of thousands of cormorant eggs. There’s evidence it’s working. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Karen Kelly reports, some controversy remains: