Every year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations. Continue reading →
Michigan utilities have met a target of generating one-tenth of the state’s electricity using wind, solar, and other renewable resources. There’s a new goal, but that could be challenged this year in the Legislature. Continue reading →
A Enbridge Energy report on the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac is raising concern among environmental groups, because it discusses portions of the line that may have lost their enamel coating, exposing the pipeline to corrosion.
Last week, 15 percent of the Great Lakes was covered in ice. That’s the highest level of ice cover recorded so far this winter and far less than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 64 percent prediction. A lack of ice could have lasting implications for this year and beyond. Continue reading →
The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.
The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.
Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.
“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”
Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.
A statewide raffle is hitting a milestone this year, raising one million dollars for Michigan conservation projects.
Officials said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle raised over a quarter million dollars this year alone. That was due to a 46 percent increase in applications.
Rachel Leightner is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She said the money helps to fund Michigan wildlife projects.
“The money goes directly into our game and fish fund, which will also benefit our wildlife grant fund. And all of the money goes towards a multitude of wildlife projects across the state.”
Besides the financial benefit to the state, Leightner said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle is a big deal for hunters. They receive licenses for four hunting seasons, a 12-gage shotgun, a one hundred dollar gift card, and a go-pro outdoor camera.
This year’s winners were from Montcalm, Lapeer, and Kent counties.
In the interest of transparency the Michigan DNR is an underwriter of CMU Public Broadcasting.
Residents near an abandoned Air Force base in Michigan are worried about an unseen invader. Toxic chemicals from the base have contaminated nearby wells in the town of Oscoda. Now the chemicals are spreading farther – and have even reached Lake Huron. Continue reading →