Category Archives: Environment

Bear regulations may be changing in Michigan

The Department of Natural Resources will host a forum next month to discuss future bear hunting regulations in Michigan.

The DNR said the majority of people think the bear population is healthy for the state, but some hunters and northern Michigan residents worry that bears are encroaching on their homes.
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El Niño could impact Great Lakes water levels

GreatLakesThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration met with other federal entities this month to discuss the future of Great Lakes water levels.

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A Michigan family in Osceola county tackles the do-it yourself approach by committing to sustainability work

The Marvel  family L-R : AnnaDella 14, Emillie 19, Karly 11, Kamden 9, Rorie 4 and Robin.

The Marvel family L-R : AnnaDella 14, Emillie 19, Karly 11, Kamden 9, Rorie 4 and Robin.

For many people, Tuesday is just the second day of the week. But for Robin Marvel and her family, it’s “green day”. On Tuesdays Marvel runs a free recycling program for her neighborhood in the village of Hersey. Population 300.
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German ship held in port

A German ship flying the Liberian flag is being held in a Great Lakes port while the Coast Guard investigates possible environmental violations.

The ship Cornelia traveled from New York to Minnesota. It likely traversed all the Great Lakes except Lake Michigan.

The Cornelia has been retained for over 2 weeks at the Duluth port on Lake Superior.

Lieutenant Pat Lammersen is with the Coast Guard. He said there’s not much he can reveal about the investigation.

“Outside the Duluth lift bridge in Lake Superior it’s anchored up, all I can say is that the Coast Guard is investigating the motor vessel Cornelia for alleged violations of U.S environmental regulations.”

Lammersen said the ship and it’s crew are not a threat to public safety.

“The Liberian flag vessel and crew are prohibited from leaving the Duluth until cleared by customs and border protection. Vessel and crew do not pose any public safety threat. Any speculation that the ship is being held in port due to safety concerns is not true.”

The ship’s crew is not allowed to leave the vessel until the investigation is over.

Wolf poaching Facebook hoax

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

A Facebook post prompted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to be inundated with reports of wolf poaching in Clare county.

Officials with the DNR said the picture circulating on Facebook of a man holding a wolf he shot was, in fact, not taken in Michigan. Continue reading

Bills would establish water as a “human right” in Michigan

bottled waterDemocrats in the state Legislature want to establish water as a “human right” under state law. It’s part of a package of bills meant to address tap water contamination and mass water shutoffs in cities like Flint and Detroit.
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Jeb Bush says slimmed-down tax code, fewer enviro regs would help Michigan

Bush0528-fotoFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush says a slimmed-down tax code and fewer environmental regulations would boost the economies of manufacturing states – and promises to adopt that sort of “pro-growth” strategy should make the Republican ticket attractive to voters in industrial states like Michigan and Pennsylvania come November of 2016.
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Alma College hosting webinar on global and rural-Michigan sustainability


On November 12, Alma College is hosting a webinar on global and rural sustainability.

The webinar will include a panel and interactive discussion about worldwide and rural-Michigan sustainability. Continue reading

Rescued raptors will be at Mid-Michigan Community College for a presentation

© 2011 Paige Calamari

© 2011 Paige Calamari

Isabella County community members have a chance to see hawks, falcons and owls close up Wednesday night.

A Birds of Prey presentation is being put on at the Mid-Michigan Community College Mt. Pleasant campus. Continue reading

Waters of the United States rule faces copious amounts of scrutiny

Logo of the EPA

Logo of the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS, is facing heavy scrutiny from around the country.

WOTUS is intended to clarify which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act. Instead it’s prompted a heated debate.
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U.S Forest Service passes some logging responsibilities to MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed to pick up some forest management responsibilities from the federal government.

The agreement will give the DNR logging rights in three Michigan national forests.
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Asian carp closer to Great Lakes than ever

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Asian carp were found within 80 miles of the Great Lakes, roughly 60 miles closer than they were at the beginning of this year.

Two juvenile Silver Carp, a type of Asian carp, were found in the Illinois River. The fish have been steadily making their way north over the last several years. Continue reading

Midland will be crawling with rock collectors over Halloween weekend


Rock collectors and geologists from around the state are coming to Midland Halloween weekend — and not necessarily in costume. They’re here for some serious rock business.

The 21st annual rock show in Midland will feature gems, rocks, and minerals for every rock-hound. Continue reading

Americorp: the domestic Peace Corps

Americorp Logo

Americorp Logo

Imagine a group like the Peace Corps that, instead of focusing on international issues, puts its effort into domestic problems.
For example, instead of providing clean water for third world countries, they clean wells for low-income rural homes in Michigan.
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Vernal Pools: the overlooked ecosystem

Epperly at Little Traverse Conservancy

Epperly at Offield Nature Preserve

The State of Michigan is attempting to register the location of every natural feature within its borders.

One recent college grad is working to identify a lesser known type of ecosystem that is often overlooked due to its temporary nature.
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Northern Michigan fish hatchery under inspection from OSHA

Pendills Creek Fishery in Brimley recently underwent an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection for the first time.

The inspection dug up 11 serious violations that needed to be addressed.
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Coast Guard working to halt leak from shipwreck in Lake Erie

The U.S Coast Guard has set up a perimeter around a shipwreck that is leaking fuel into Lake Erie.

It’s believed to be the biggest environmental threat posed by a shipwreck to the Great Lakes.

The Coast Guard said the Argo was carrying 100,000 gallons of crude oil, and another lighter fuel, when it went down in 1937. Continue reading

Michigan DEQ admits to mistakes handling Flint water crisis

mdeqThe Department of Environmental Quality has released a statement admitting they made a mistake in handling the recent Flint water crisis.

DEQ representatives said they mishandled the testing of Flint’s drinking water. They were holding the city to guidelines meant for a town with half of Flint’s population. Continue reading

Traverse City residents to vote on wetland conservation

A few years ago Traverse City damaged wetlands in the process of building a new road.

In order to reconcile this, the State of Michigan has ordered the city to dedicate a certain amount of land to wetland conservation, in perpetuity.
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Official winter outlook indicates a warmer and dryer winter for michigan

NOAA's U.S. winter 2015-16 temperature outlook issued Oct. 15, 2015.

NOAA’s U.S. winter 2015-16 temperature outlook issued Oct. 15, 2015.

The official winter weather outlook for this season has been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on October 15th, 2015. According to the release, a much different pattern is anticipated than in recent years.

Michigan is expected to see much more mild and dry conditions, while other areas in the States could see major relief from drought. Continue reading

Saginaw Bay fishery regulations changing

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Walleye bag limits in Saginaw Bay are being raised from 5-8. Yellow Perch limits are being cut in half to twenty-five. Continue reading