Podcast Script on Managing the Great Lakes for Brockport/U of Guelph collaboration.

by bknap1 on November 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

Brenden Knapp CMC 243.61

HW WK 10: Podcast Script 11/2/16



Podcast: Managing the Great Lakes




- The Instrumental for “Bill Nye the Science Guy” show theme song ( 15 Seconds)


Brenden: Hello, Welcome to the Brenden Knapp Show, with yours truly, Brenden Knapp. 


Brenden: Today, I have a good show for you, which includes making you listener’s aware of how important the great lakes are and how we can manage them and keep them one of our world’s best natural resources and landmarks. 



Segment 1

Brenden: A little while back, in preparation for this episode, I was able to briefly chat via email with Madeleine Chauvin, a student at the University of Guelph, in Ontario who so eloquently expressed to me what is wrong with the Great Lakes today, and I would like to share some of this information with you. 


Brenden: Firstly, Madeleine expressed to me how polluted she thought Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in particular were. And with this pollution, comes significant changes to the water including Algae blooms, which can become toxic to humans, waterline species, and land species  if it is a green-blue algae bloom. 


Brenden: Along with this, there have been many invasive species that habitat those waters. In particular, the zebra mussel and the round goby have been a nuisance to those waters. 


Brenden: Madeleine stated to me that the problem with the goby’s are so bad that “ at some spots at the lakes, there are signs for people to kill the any goby they catch, rather than releasing them back to the lake.” 


Brenden: To me, this signifies a major problem with many of our lakes, and hopefully through government restoration projects such as The Alliance for the Great Lakes, we can figure out the invasive species issues and pollution problems that our beautiful lakes have.



Segment 2

Brenden: The effort to make change to the Great Lakes is something I hope to have pick up steam. These are the lakes that we rely on for water, as a resident of New York, and living near two Great Lakes, I hope hearing some of these facts make listeners aware that all of us need to become proactive in creating change for our lakes. 


Brenden: Well anyway, that’s all I have for you. I’d like to thank Madeleine Chauvin of the University of Guelph in Ontario for the bright insight on the Great Lakes.


Brenden: This is Brenden Knapp, signing off from the Brenden Knapp Show, wishing everyone a happy and healthy day, and advising everyone to remain environmentally conscious during these times. Have a good night North America.  


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- Instrumental to Darude’s “ Sandstorm” cuts the show away (15 seconds). 


Thank you for your podcast. This is a great issue to bring forth as it hits quite close to home for all of us within the great lakes basin. As an agriculturalist by trade, I am quite familiar with the concern of pollution in the great lakes. Many issues of excess phosphorous from farmers fields have arose. these are currently been combated by small programs for farmers in Canada such as the environmental farm plan. More information on the environmental farm plan can be found at this link:


With regards to invasive species, the round goby has created a state of panic much similar to another invasive specie; the asian carp. Asian carp have been known to take over all food supplies, and literally push out any native specie what may be in their way. They disrupt entire ecosystems which can be important to the area that they take over. Management methods other than killing what you catch and not releasing any catches back into the lakes can be looked at. Methods that are used for dismantling asian carp could also be in consideration when looking to manage the round goby. Information can be found in this video on asian carp:


Thank you for your podcast, as it brings many valid ideas to the table.

Hi Brenden! Thanks for you podcast, I was really interested in your subject matter since it hits very close to home to me. I grew up in the village of Port Stanley, which is located right on Lake Erie, and my step father is actually a fisherman! Lake Erie is most definitely one the great lakes that isn't doing so well. I worked on the beach this summer and in my area beach-goers were actually advised to not swim in the waters due to the high amount of bacteria, it lasted probably a month and a half.
The restaurant that I work at surprisingly had a shortage of perch this summer (which is our special on Thursday's) and had to find an alternative fish source other than our local fishery, the first time we've ever had to do this! At the time I wasn't sure what the problem was but after reading this podcast I do recall that we do have a couple invasive species of fish in our waters and my step dad was often complaining about the Asian Carp!

Hi Brenden!
Thanks for reaching out to me and incorporating some of my thoughts into your podcast! I think you did a great job. It is certainly interesting to hear from an American perspective on the Great Lakes because, perhaps selfishly, I always seem to forget that the Great Lakes are shared with the United States and are not just a Canadian resource (even though my original blog was detailing an American issue with the Great Lakes). I also like that you touched on more than one issue that surround the Great Lakes. Both invasive species and the issue of pollution are major problems in the Great Lakes today.

I think that the one thing I would suggest is incorporating more solutions for the problems with the Great Lakes pollution and invasive species. For example, what can people do to prevent invasive species from spreading more? Are there any cleanup efforts that the public can get involved with? I know that there have been restoration efforts on the Canadian side of things and that there are often warnings for people to clean off their boats properly and that sort of thing but is this similar in the United States? Are there different elements of protection and restoration being done in the US? What does the Alliance for the Great Lakes do? I think that if you were to answer just a couple of these questions, your podcast would just be that much better. It would help to demonstrate to people that there are solutions and they can get involved with protecting such a valuable resource.

Overall, I think that you had a great podcast and I really appreciate you taking the time to ask for my opinion on this issue. You did a great job of translating my answers into a different format and I thought it read very well as a podcast, I wish I could have heard it myself! Thank you!


Hi Brenden,
Thanks for sharing with us a very important issue that is threatening our shared ownership of the beautiful Great Lakes

As you have pointed out with the help of Madeleine, there are multiple issues facing our water but mainly the fact of invasive species and water pollution. The protection of these shared lakes is one of the biggest steps that both of our countries have to have at the forefront of our governments. These lakes allow for the passage of goods to and from our countries and it is evident that they are needed in order to so. With the implementation of pollutants and invasive species, there are many detrimental effects that could take place. So far we have seen as mentioned both in your podcast and in comments that Asian carp, round gobey, and zebra mussels are some of the most evident species threatening our waters. Not only do we see invasive species we also see pollutants. It is known that some of the Great Lakes are effected more by these factors and that is true for the most part however each lake has its own set of issues. Where I am originally from in Sarnia Ontario, we are the largest city on Lake Huron where it meets the St. Clair River. Our access point allows many ships coming from an area such as Chicago or Saulte St. Marie to get to areas such as New York or even the St. Lawrence River and into the Maritimes. In Sarnia in particular we have had our fair share of invasive species and we have also had our fair share of pollutant spills into the water system. We are a large chemical, and industrial hub in Canada and although there are many measures set in place, it can not be guaranteed that the waterway will be protected from the products and run off of said products that we produce in the city. There are many ways that both the governments in the US and in Canada have particularly helped Sarnia implement techniques to prevent waterway disasters and one of which was through implanting a program called SEMCOG. In terms of invasive species as well, we in Sarnia have the responsibility to kill round gobey if we were to catch one while fishing as we do not need them to continue to spawn and kill/destroy more of the ecosystem they are continually moving into.

Your post made many great points and I think that your situation in New York state and the area can be compared to the situation in Sarnia and many other areas around the country that are/will be effected by both invasive species and pollutants. Your implementation of content from Madeleine was great and your transcript was great as well. Good luck in the rest of your academic ventures!