If you noticed in the past couple of weeks that the leaves were a bit slow to change, you’d be correct. Continue reading
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
A federal appeals court is allowing a challenge to the US Forest Service’s motorboat ban on part of a lake in the UP. The area falls within a national wilderness area.
Experts on a proposed nuclear dump site near Lake Huron spoke at Toronto town hall meeting Tuesday.
A conference in Grand Traverse County will highlight Lake Michigan.
The Department of Environmental Quality is hosting more than 300 experts in the fields of climate change, invasive species and beach management. Continue reading
Officials in Grand Traverse County are looking to start construction on phase two of a project that will remove three dams and modify a fourth on the Boardman River.
The state is convening a technical panel this week that’s supposed to come up with a plan to respond to the Flint drinking water emergency. The group is made up of state and federal environmental officials, as well as outside experts.
The American Civil Liberties Union and some Flint residents are asking the federal government to step in to deal with the city’s water crisis.
Wildlife officials are reporting an increase in Distemper among wild animals in Charlevoix County. Distemper is an incurable viral disease that affects the intestinal and respiratory tracts.
Animal control officials say there have been more than 30 cases of Distemper in raccoons, foxes and coyotes since June – a dramatic increase from previous years. Continue reading
A state lawmaker wants to make sure commercial fish farms will never be allowed to operate in portions of the Great Lakes controlled by Michigan.
Efforts by the Great Lakes Commission have brought invasive sea lamprey populations to their lowest levels in decades.
The grant is worth more than three-hundred-thousand- dollars. It will be used to study the cuticle of maize leaves.
Instructors and students at Lake Superior State University are planning to studying a new invasive species. One that settled right in a nearby river.
Didymo, or rock snot was found in the St. Mary’s River a few weeks ago. Continue reading
The city of Flint has issued a lead advisory for the drinking water of all city residents.
The river tested positive for E.coli levels ten times higher than the EPA’s safety standard.
The Mid-Michigan Health Department says the water is unsafe for fishing, swimming and any body contact. Continue reading
The state granted more than a quarter-million dollars for improving coastal trails and nearby towns across the state.
Grand Traverse County received the single largest grant, just under $100,000.
The rest of the money was parceled out to the Clinton River Watershed Council, and three other environmental groups farther south.
The Rusty-patched Bumblebee and the Regal Fritillary, which is a butterfly, are under consideration along with the Wood Turtle.
Georgia Parham is a Public Affairs Manager for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. She said that although they’re small, insects are important species.
“I think it’s interesting that we have a couple insects in this group of species, both of which are pollinators. Pollinators and other species are very important to lots of different kinds of things. We sometimes get the question, ‘Well, what does it matter if we lose a species of Butterfly or a Bumblebee or something like that.’ I think it’s important to think about the big picture and the roles that these insects play in the pollination of not only wildflowers but agricultural crops as well.”
She said this is the beginning of a long road to get on the list.
“It is a long process. Or it can be…Depending on how many resources we have and what kind of information we need. Some species are very local and it’s not as difficult to gather information about them. Some of ‘em are very wide ranging and it takes time to collect information that accurately reflects its status.”
Both of the insects have been petitioned for the list in the past, but didn’t make it on. The Wood Turtle is already listed as threatened in Michigan.
Annalise Dobbelstein is the Campaign organizer for Environment Michigan in Ann Arbor.
She said water-loving Michiganders are benefiting from the EPA’s Clean Water Act.
“ We need to continue to make sure that our local officials all the way up to the senate do continue to support the clean water rule. So we can continue to have not only clean drinking water but clean water for recreational uses for many generations to come.”
Dobbelstein said this summer more than 9-million visitors came to Michigan to enjoy the waterways.
A 2,000 mile-long trail that runs through Wexford, Grand Traverse and Emmet counties is celebrating its first corporate donation.
The Iron Belle Trail has been awarded $25,000 from TransCanda, a pipeline company based in Kalkaska County. Continue reading
Last nights Saginaw Community Action Group meeting with the EPA went well according to Dave Sommers, the President of the group. Community members gave their recommendations for cleanup of the next segment of the Tittabawassee River.
In short, they encouraged the EPA to keep doing what it’s doing.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
Powering homes may soon become more environmentally-friendly in Huron County — a new wind farm is expected to be constructed in the thumb community.
The Apple Blossom wind farm will generate 100-megawatts of energy. That’s enough to power 20,000 homes. Continue reading
A new rule in all National Parks is banning electronic cigarettes in places where traditional cigarettes are already prohibited.
That includes park buildings, beaches and campgrounds.
Burt Lake in Cheboygan county is known for having a historically strong Sturgeon fishery. However, in recent years, overfishing has had a significant impact on the fish population.
Since 1910, there has only been one confirmed occurrence of gray wolves roaming the lower peninsula.
However this week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the second confirmation thanks to DNA test submitted by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Continue reading