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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Getting the lead out

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This week on Green Visions, we speak with Kelly Amoth a Program Coordinator for Get the Lead Out, a program from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to stop the use of lead fishing tackle in Minnesota lakes. One lead sinker, eaten either directly off the lakebed or from eating a fish that ate it first, is enough to kill a common loon. Amoth explains that many state entities collect unused lead tackle free of charge to help remove it from use. There are several safer and very effective alternative tackle choices available, and tackle shop owners can also be reimbursed for sending their unsold lead tackle to the MPCA.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.