Category Archives: Environment

Health officials testing sewer contaminated water in Grand Traverse Bay

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Health officials in Traverse City expect to know Tuesday, June 13, whether or not they can lift a public health advisory in the Grand Traverse Bay

Three-thousand gallons of untreated sewage leaked out of a sewer, and into a creek that flows through the Boardman River, and into Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, June 11. Continue reading

Parties on the Fourth of July might not be as wild as past years on Torch Lake, new court ruling suggests

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

A Torch Lake protection organization has won a lawsuit against party promoters who brought more than 10,000 people to the lake last Fourth of July.

The Torch Lake Protection Alliance filed a lawsuit against party promoters from Lansing. They say the DJ and party bus company enticed more than 10,000 people to come to the lake for Fourth of July last year. Continue reading

The state says most fish populations in the Great Lakes are growing

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Preliminary data from the Department of Natural Resources show that Lake Trout populations in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are up, and Walleye in the Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie are booming.

The DNR surveys fish populations with nets, sonar equipment, and baited hooks. Continue reading

Federal officials urge President Obama to ask Canada to consider alternative location for storing nuclear waste

SignSenators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.

Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.

“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set

A Wisconsin city’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan needs one last vote of approval

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A Wisconsin city’s request to divert water from Lake Michigan needs one last vote of approval.

Waukesha, Wisconsin is asking to remove ten million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan. The groundwater in the city is contaminated with radium. Continue reading

Congressman Dan Kildee is asking for the help from the U.S. Department of Defense in getting clean drinking water to Oscoda, in Iosco county

file000645083111Congressman Dan Kildee is calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to find an alternative water source for Oscoda residents who use well water.
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DEQ Great Lakes Office is celebrating 30 years with its latest State of the Great Lakes report

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A report released this week touches on future plans for the Great Lakes, and past work to maintain the quality of the lakes.

The report is released annually by the Department of Environmental Quality. This year is its 30th year. Continue reading

Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is presenting a ten day series on climate change, water access and food security

Associate Professor, Gayle Broad

Associate Professor, Gayle Broad

The goal of the series is to give young people a platform to discuss how issues like water access impact communities around the world.

Gayle Broad is an associate professor at Algoma University.

“We provided opportunities for youth to come together and exchange ideas about how they like to see a change in the word. And the issues that the young people were bringing forward were really big issue that they wanted to solve, centered around these three different themes.”

Broad said young people in Colombia will join students from Algoma University via Skype to discuss their changing world in the series’ final session.

To see the full list of events for the series visit Algoma University’s webpage

Beautiful sunsets caused by destructive wildfires in Canada

 Photo courtesy: Kai Petainen

Photo courtesy: Kai Petainen

Mesmerizing sunsets have been seen throughout the Great Lakes. They may be quite pleasant to look at, but their cause is rather destructive in nature.

Great sunsets come at great cost – in this case, it’s fires raging in Alberta, Canada. Continue reading

DEQ report looks at dioxin cleanup in Midland 

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After years of soil sampling and cleanup efforts – the Department of Environmental Quality has released a report on the status of the dioxin contamination cleanup in Midland.

The report is the final step of cleanup efforts after area soils were contaminated by dioxin from Dow Chemical. Continue reading