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Up North Lowdown, Ep. 31: Freshwater and fall colors

Left: The fall colors at the High Rollaway Observation Deck near Kingsley. (Photo: Ed Ronco/IPR News)
Top right: The view of Grand Traverse Bay from the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College, where freshwater professionals gathered last week to discuss the health and future of freshwater in the Great Lakes region. (Photo: Ellie Katz/IPR News)
Bottom right: Our cool logo. You love it.

They've tried bubbles, sound and electricity. What's next in the fight to keep invasive carp out of Lake Michigan? Also, how might climate change affect our fall colors?

The fall colors were pretty stunning in northern Michigan this year. They're starting to dull and drop off now, but just a few weeks ago we had bright yellows, oranges and reds everywhere you looked.

The changing colors each autumn are guided by a handful of factors, including climate change. IPR's climate solutions reporter, Izzy Ross, walks us through what we know about that (and takes us out among the trees).

And we'll hear from environment reporter Ellie Katz about what scientists had to say at a freshwater summit in Traverse City, where much of the conversation focused on how to deal with invasive species.

Max Copeland hops in the host chair for this week's episode. Thanks for listening!

Max Copeland is the local weekday host of All Things Considered on Interlochen Public Radio and the producer of The Up North Lowdown, IPR’s weekly news podcast.
Ed Ronco is IPR's news director.