Minnesota loves it lakes — all 11,000 or however you count them. That's why Minnesota Public Radio News launched a month of reporting on water in April with an hour-long discussion about lakes.
Research Station staff scientist Adam Heathcote joined host Mike Mulcahy and Jeff Forester, of Minnesota Lakes & Rivers Advocates, for the program. They talked about challenges and took calls with guest questions and answers to the question of "what's your favorite lake?"
The conversation kicked off a series of water-related programs this month. MPR News announced the initiative as an "unprecedented focus on a single issue," with water-themed broadcast and digitial programming on both the network's news and music platforms.
“Water is a vitally important resource, but it’s one we all tend to take for granted,” said Amy Cole, managing director of MPR’s water initiative. “It’s important for the public to know where its water comes from, the impact it has on our daily lives, and the risks we face when that resource is threatened.”
MPR's music station The Current will host a “Mississippi River Show” featuring local music written in celebration of the Mississippi River on April 14, while classical MPR will offer a week of water-themed music on the week of April 16.
Here's this month's full line-up from Minnesota Public Radio:
MPR News – Water-focused reporting and programming, including those below:
Minnesota Water Vignettes – MPR News will air a series of vignettes featuring Minnesotans sharing their personal relationships to the bodies of water around the state that inspire them. Date: All month
Minnesotans and Water – MPR water reporter Kirsti Marohn will share insights from two recent MPR research projects exploring what Minnesotans understand (or don’t) about our state’s water issues. Date: April 2
Research Lab White Paper – APM’s Research Lab publishes a white paper on Minnesotans’ views of water resources, based on questions in the 2017 Ground Level Survey of Minnesotans. Date: Week of April 2
Minnesota's Most Loved Lake – MPR News digital will develop and host a social media campaign to identify Minnesota’s ‘Most Loved Lake.’ Open voting begins the first week of April, and in subsequent weeks the competitors will be whittled down through bracket-style voting. The winning lake's community will earn a pop-up MPR performance. Vote at www.watermain.org and follow #MNLakeLove on social media. Date: All month
Aquatic Invasive Species Special – Chris Farrell hosts a panel discussion on aquatic invasive species – and why they should matter to people beyond those with lakefront property.The program airs on MPR News Presents. Date: April 2
The Current – The Current will host “The Mississippi River Show,” featuring music inspired by the Mississippi River. From the headwaters of Lake Itasca to the delta and Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River inspires music from northern Minnesota to southern Louisiana. Date: April 14, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Classical MPR – Classical MPR will feature a week of water-inspired music and some trivia on Morning Glories and the Daily Download. Date: Week of April 16
National Geographic Live!: Standing at the Water's Edge – Cristina Mittermeier, Mexican-born marine biologist and award-winning photojournalist, will be at the Fitzgerald Theater to share her work with three indigenous groups – from the Amazon, British Columbia and Hawaii – and their relationship to the waters they rely on. Date: April 19 at 7 p.m. More information available online here.
Beer Choir Twin Cities Sing-Along – In partnership with Classical MPR, Beer Choir Twin Cities will feature water at their sing-along at the Fitzgerald Theater. The night will be a celebration of local beer and local water, with friends from the Water Bar on hand with “water tastings.” Date: April 21, 6 p.m. More information available online here.
Climate Cast – The “climate hero” segment of Climate Cast will feature individuals working at the intersection of climate and water issues. Date: All month
Climate Cast Live – Join MPR’s Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner and his expert guests for an evening of discovery about the state of our planet and the climate heroes who are working to help save it. Climate Cast will be live at the Fitzgerald Theatre with a panel focused on climate, water and equity solutions featuring Radhika Fox from the US Water Alliance. Date: April 26 at 7 p.m. More information available online here.
Community Volunteer Event – The community will get hands-on with water and volunteer side-by-side with MPR staff and hosts on a project to improve water quality. Teams will yank out invasive buckthorn shrubs and plant native wildflowers and grasses that help prevent erosion and filter run-off into the Mississippi. Our partner organization, Great River Greening, will provide work gloves and tools, and deploy an ecologist to explain why these efforts benefit water. The event is family friendly, and a complimentary lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. Join in and get a limited edition T-shirt. Register at www.watermain.org. Date: April 28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Valley Park in Mendota Heights