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. 2023
  2. 2022
  3. 2021
  4. 2020
  5. 2019
  6. 2018
  7. 2017
Date Title
12/6/23 Managing the deer population in Michigan
11/29/23 Michigan Clean Water Corps works to keep Washtenaw County's water clean and safe
11/22/23 Washtenaw County expands its program to properly dispose of toxic household materials
11/15/23 Safety a key issue in growing environmentally-friendly cycling community in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County
11/08/23 PFAS contamination bringing end to family farm in Brighton
11/01/23 Ann Arbor fighting MDOT plans to fence off Amtrak rail corridor
10/25/23 Zoning the future of Ann Arbor
10/18/23 City of Ann Arbor shares new dashboard to track greenhouse gas emissions
10/11/23 'Trash Talk Tour' returns to Ann Arbor this Sunday
10/04/23 Grassroots group of Ann Arbor Township residents take up against gravel mining operators as a number of water wells run dry
09/20/23 Environmental Education Program in Ann Arbor Schools teaches students in and out of the classroom
09/13/23 Tracking and mapping rain gardens in Washtenaw County and measuring beneficial impacts
09/06/23 Takeaways from Washtenaw County's '500-year, 3-hour storm'
08/30/23 Ann Arbor Board of Realtors make case against mandated home-sale energy score assessments
08/23/23 Lyme disease on the increase in Washtenaw County
08/16/23 City of Ann Arbor contracts to educate and engage community in lasting reduction efforts
08/09/23 State Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor addressing use of toxic chemicals
08/02/23 UM-led study shows electrification of ridesharing services to have overall benefit, with added challenges
07/26/23 The Conservancy Initiative works to rid Johnson Creek of 'forever chemicals'
07/19/23 Ann Arbor Greenbelt celebrates 20th anniversary with new pilot program
07/12/23 Motivating the Catholic Church to become more sustainable in land use practices
07/05/23 Working toward a safe and usable Water Street property in Ypsilanti
06/28/23 Protecting public health and the environment during fireworks season
06/21/23 The challenges of managing ground-level ozone
06/14/23 Controversy over a proposed 400-acre mining operation in Washtenaw County's Sharon Township
06/07/23 UM study provides insights into the future of climate-impacted northern forests in Michigan and beyond
05/31/23 Ann Arbor pushing to take Bryant neighborhood geothermal
05/24/23 10-year, $100-million Ann Arbor water treatment plant project getting underway
05/17/23 Huron River Day celebration comes amid contamination threats and challenges
05/10/23 Ann Arbor evolves program to protect pollinators
05/03/23 New delivery drones are one of Michigan Medicine's latest environmentally-friendly initiatives
04/19/23 A pre-Earth Day look at progress and challenges in Washtenaw County
04/12/23 City-owned property in Ann Arbor being prepped for clean-up and development
04/05/23 Turning contaminated Ann Arbor property into 'Broadway Park West'
03/29/23 University of Michigan achieves "bee-friendly" status as safe haven for pollinators
03/22/23 Ann Arbor moving towards great energy equity and resilience
03/15/23 Cultivating home and community food gardens in Washtenaw County
03/08/23 A2 Area Commercial Solar Program to expand green energy to businesses in Washtenaw County
03/01/23 New study highlights exposure risks in Ann Arbor basements from the Gelman Sciences 1,4 dioxane plume
02/22/23 Ann Arbor Farm and Garden investing in education and sustainability
02/15/23 Ann Arbor moves toward ban on gas stoves in new construction
02/08/23 Achieving carbon neutrality in both housing and transportation in Ann Arbor and nationwide
02/01/23 U-M researchers determine potential ways to recycle PVC plastics
01/25/23 Recycle Ann Arbor is a leader in plastics recycling
01/18/23 Michigan winters are changing and climate adaptation is key to the future
01/11/23 Improving our environment with the use of a 'circular economy'
01/04/23 Yousef Rabhi returns to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners