WGTE FM 91 is partnering with Penn State Public Media's (PSPM) “Think Outside the Pipes” local reporting radio initiative. As part of the initiative, WGTE FM 91 presents stories that confront the critical but often ignored public policy issue of managing water with ecofriendly infrastructure and its impact on the local area.
The radio reports are co-produced and hosted by WGTE's science and environment reporter, Marc Hathaway, along with Chris Peiffer. The first report airs on Friday, December 13, 2013. The second report can be heard on Friday, December 20, 2013. The final report will air Friday, December 27, 2013. Each will air at 5:44 p.m. during "All Things Considered" on WGTE FM.
The Maumee River Watershed is the largest watershed that empties into the
Great Lakes and the region is struggling with water quality and water usage issues.
The series will examine how buffer areas can prevent agricultural nutrient and sediment runoff; redesigning our communities so that porous soil isn't replaced with water resistant pavement; and developing new civic infrastructures to protect the environmental health of the water we depend on to live.
“Think Outside the Pipes” is a component of "Water Blues, Green Solutions," PSPM’s interactive documentary project that shares stories of communities' green solutions for issues like flooding, pollution and scarcity. The television documentary will be broadcast on WGTE on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
WGTE FM 91’s participation in “Think Outside the Pipes” will extend the impact and reach of "Water Blues." WGTE FM 91 joins five other stations across the country in receiving grant money. Funding for the grants comes from the Park Foundation, an organization dedicated to media that heightens public awareness of critical environmental issues.
- Watershed Radio: Municipal Water & Sewer
First Broadcast: Friday, December 13, 2013
The first report discusses our use and stewardship of the water, and explores wastewater treatment, drinking water, intake, sewer separation and combined sewage overflows. WGTE Science and Environment reporter, Marc Hathaway, checks up on the progress of the 2002 EPA litigation against the City of Toledo to force improvements in the system.Read more
- Watershed Radio: The Land & The Lake
First Broadcast: Friday, December 20, 2013
The second report focuses on the relationship between the land and the watershed; explaining the cycle of run-off sedimentation; nutrient loading; algal blooms; the huge dead zone appearing in Lake Erie; and the effects of climate change on the phosphorus cycle.
- Watershed Radio - Green Infrastructure
First Broadcast: Friday, December 27, 2013
The third report explores how municipalities are relying more on green infrastructure (like berms, rain gardens/native plants and bio-swale ditches) to control water and street flooding instead of "gray infrastructure" (like traditional pipes and holding tanks).Read more