Great Lakes Reporting Project

Grant: # 1280

Grant Amount: $35,000.00

Board Decision Year: 2012

University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor)

The Environment Report

Han, Ellen Rinck ([email protected]) 734-647-5621

GLFT - Other Great Lakes Stewardship- - Other Great Lakes Stewardship

Project Details

The Environment Report at Michigan Radio implemented the Great Lakes Reporting Project, a news and information initiative that promoted public awareness, appreciation, and concern for the changing ecology of the Great Lakes and its fish population. Over the course of two years, Michigan Radio produced and aired more than 80 minutes of public radio news reports; developed multimedia and online resources; held public forums/discussions with more than 100 people in attendance combined; and distributed 44 copies of the media work as educator resources (CDs). Links to these resources and aired stories are below.

Media series on Asian carp: All stories below can be found at

September 10, 2012 – Separating the Basins

September 11, 2012 – Industries Worry about Basins Separation

September 12, 2012 – Other Pathways for Carp

September 12, 2012 – VIDEO: Keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes in Indiana

September 13, 2012 – What if the Carp Make a Home Here?

September 14, 2012 – Investing in Carp

Media series II: In Warm Water: Fish and the Changing Great Lakes. All stories below can be found at

September 30, 2013 – A chilly Lake Superior warms up

October 1, 2013 – Great Lakes fish on a diet

October 2, 2013 – A mystery at the bottom of the Great Lakes food web

October 3, 2013 – Too warm for your fried perch dinner?

October 4, 2013 – Warmer waters fuel toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes

Public radio feature reports

March 19, 2013 – “A New Life for Waste from Michigan’s Lumbering Era,” by Rebecca Williams (

March 26, 2013 – “Michigan Chefs Experiment with Asian Carp,” by Peter Payette (

April 11, 2013 – "A surprising comeback for Lake Huron’s native fish", by Peter Payette (

May 28, 2013 – "The curious history of a tasty little Great Lakes fish", by Peter Payette (

May 30, 2013 – "Prehistoric fish species with ‘personalities’ get help from humans to survive," by Lindsey Smith (

July 11, 2013 – "Unlocking the secrets of sea lamprey love," by Rebecca Williams (

August 29, 2013 – "Hunting for plastic pollution in the Great Lakes," by Lewis Wallace (

September 5, 2013 – "A good summer for raising baby sturgeon in northern Michigan," by Lindsey Smith (

October 8, 2013 – "Algal blooms causing concern in northern lakes," by Peter Payette (

Multi-media online features

September 12, 2012 – VIDEO: Keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes in Indiana, by Mercedes Mejia (

o November 5, 2013 – VIDEO: Lake Erie has 2% of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50% of the fish, by Mark Brush (

Public discussion forums

o Issues & Ale: Asian Carp in the Great Lakes, September 18, 2012 at the Kirby House, Grand Haven, MI (

o Issues & Ale: Fish and the Changing Great Lakes, October 1, 2013 at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak, MI (


Brief Project Profile
View - MichiganRadio-ProjectProfile.pdf
Final Narrative Report
View - MichiganRadio-FinalNarrative.pdf