Scientists Push for Tougher Arsenic Standards

Groundwater in some Great Lakes states has been found to meet or exceed
acceptable levels of naturally occurring arsenic. Growing concern about
the health effects of arsenic consumption recently prompted the U-S
Academy of Sciences to recommend that the federal government create more
stringent standards for human consumption of arsenic. The Great Lakes
Radio Consortium’s Marisa Helms has the story:

One Man and a Wheelbarrow

  • Using donated boats and motors, more than 200 tons of trash and junk has been pulled from the river during the last two years. Pregracke is looking toward new rivers now.

One man is on a campaign to clean up the nation’s rivers. He’s not
pushing a public relations campaign… he’s pushing a wheel barrow. Last
year alone he picked up 200-tons of trash along the Mississippi River.
The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Lester Graham reports… now he’s
moving on to other rivers:

Year 2000 Promises

In the wake of the Earth Summit in 1992, it was anticipated
that by the year 2000 we would be a lot closer to solving many of our
environmental problems. But as the millennium approaches, Great
Lakes Radio Consortium commentator Suzanne Elton has realized that we
aren’t any closer to solutions than we were ten years ago:

A North Woods Bait Shop

Fishing season opens in the Wisconsin northwoods and the sign outside
the baitshop says, "Crappie (Crop-pee) Minnows a dollar seventy-five a
scoop." The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Nick Van Der Puy visits a
local bait shop to talk about fishing:

Looking for the Perfect Hiding Place

As a child you probably had a hiding place – a nook under the eaves of
your house or a hideout in the backyard. But today’s kids have fewer
chances to play in these places than earlier generations did. As the
Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Tamar Charney reports there are some
designers at the University of Michigan who are starting to pay
attention to what children want when they play:

Federal Proposal May Drown Farmland

It doesn’t happen very often, but for the last year, a republican
governor, the farming community, and environmentalists have been working
together to protect endangered wetlands, by taking certain farmlands out
of production. But now, a new federal proposal could be separating the
groups. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Jonathan Ahl has the story:

Noise Pollution Dampens the Sounds of Nature

A man who listens to the sounds of nature for a living…says we’re
missing a lot. He thinks because of noise pollution and because we’re
disconnected from wildlife…people often go through life without hearing
much of the rest of the living world. The Great Lakes Radio
Consortium’s Lester Graham reports:

Study on Great Lakes Cooperation

A report released this week (5/10/99) by sporting and conservation
groups in the upper Midwest calls for regional cooperation in dealing
with mercury contamination in fish. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s
Nick Van Der Puy reports: