Points North, Ep. 34: Harmful algal blooms sprout on inland lakes in northern Michigan

Oct 18, 2019


Harmful algal (cyanobacteria) blooms on Lake Erie have caused problems over the years. Now cyanobacteria is growing on some of northern Michigan's inland lakes.
Credit NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab

This week on Points North, we follow harmful algal blooms to Six Mile Lake and talk to a Traverse City Record-Eagle reporter about septic tank issues. 


Harmful algal blooms come to northern Michigan's inland lakes

Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, is creeping into northern Michigan’s inland lakes. Big patches of it took over Six Mile Lake this summer. And, some of the reasons may surprise you. 

Hear more about harmful algal blooms here.



Traverse City Record-Eagle reporter talks septic issues with IPR
Sheri McWhirter is a reporter with the Traverse City Record-Eagle
Credit Traverse City Record-Eagle

 Sheri McWhirter, environmental reporter with the Traverse City Record-Eagle, stopped by IPR to talk with reporter Kaye LaFond about septic regulations in Kalkaska County and why some want to see them gone.


What's your favorite book? Book readers share favorites

Bookmarks is a new series from “To The Best of Our Knowledge.”

The show’s host, Anne Strainchamps, interviews some of the world’s greatest authors and gets their book recommendations.

We recently asked listeners about their favorite books and why?

Listen to IPR’s interviews from the Traverse Area District Library Book sale below.