Watershed Radio

WGTE FM 91 is partnering with the Andersons, Inc. and 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 reports air on Fridays 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.

Local support on agriculture reporting is supported in part by the Andersons, Inc.  The Andersons' Mission: We firmly believe that our Company is a powerful vehicle through which we channel our time, talent, and energy in pursuit of the fundamental goal of serving God by serving others. Through our collective action, we greatly magnify the impact of our individual efforts to:
• Provide extraordinary service to our customers
• Help each other improve
• Support our communities
• Increase the value of our Company

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 a grant from the Park Foundation, an organization dedicated to media that heightens public awareness of critical environmental issues.

  • Watershed Radio: Fertilizer & Fields

    First Broadcast:  Friday, June 13, 2014

    In 2014 more than 250 agricultural retailers and stakeholders from the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan agriculture communities attended the launch of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.  This voluntary program is geared toward the long-term improvement of Lake Erie's water quality by applying the 4R Principles -

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

    Produced in partnership with Penn State Public Media's (PSPM) “Think Outside the Pipes” local reporting radio initiative.

  • 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.

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