Category Archives: Environment

Eight projects in Saginaw Bay area focus on grassroots environmentalism

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Environmentalists are hoping small investments will lead to larger changes in the Saginaw Bay area.

Eight projects focused on energy efficiency, improving habitats, and educating children have been funded by the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. Continue reading

Federal government attempting to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

The Federal government has given the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee an increased budget, in an attempt to keep the invasive fish out of the Great Lakes.

But some scientists say it’s a battle the federal government simply cannot win.
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DNR offers $5000 reward for information on vandal

brokensignThe Department of Natural Resources is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who destroyed DNR property.

The damage was done to a new sign detailing areas where turkey hunting would be fruitful in Allegan State Game Area.
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2nd annual Aldo Leopold festival coming mid-May

postcardside1The second annual Aldo Leopold Festival is coming to the Upper Peninsula in Mid-May.

This year the festival is celebrating a new 150-mile long birding trail.
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Indigenous people feel their concerns about pipelines fall on deaf ears

TranscanadaA Canadian oil company is suing the American government for denying the Keystone XL pipeline.

Aldo Seoane is the Co-founder of the Wicaheli League, and an advocate for indigenous peoples rights.

Seoane said while the legal issues are being handled in court, there is a voice going unheard.
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Michigan looks to save energy as coal power plants shut down 

downloadThe state is asking for public comment on how to get more households on power saving plans with their electric company.

Those plans are called Demand Response Programs.
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State seeking bidders for Mackinac pipeline study

1280px-Mackinac_BridgeThe state has extended the deadline for companies to bid on work studying of Enbridge Line 5. That’s the oil and gas pipeline that runs under the Mackinac straits.

The study will include a risk analysis of the 60-year-old pipeline, and alternatives to shipping oil and gas beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
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Bay City is looking for input from the public on the future of Wenona Park in the city’s downtown

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One of the plans on the table for discussion is a proposed 3-million dollar pavilion.

Darwin Branski is the park’s building and grounds manager. He said the park’s master plan was developed in 2006.

“ We expect that there are some site modifications that may come about as a result as this. Or maybe some additional features that are identified that folks would consider to be important. We hope to update that plan. And based on the public input that will chart a future for the development or the completion of the development of the park.”

Branski said a workshop is scheduled to discuss the park Wednesday at 6:30 at the Bay City City Hall.

Schuette challenging Lake Michigan water withdrawal request

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.

The state attorney general has no formal role in approving or disapproving the request for a pipeline to Lake Michigan that would withdraw millions of gallons of water to replace the city’s contaminated water supply. Continue reading

Fly fishers challenge DEQ approved fish farm

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A group of fly fishers 8-hundred strong have challenged a fish farm on the Au Sable river.

Although the farm has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, the anglers are still worried it poses a threat to the river.
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