Category Archives: Environment

Forum to address Line 5 pipeline questions

A pipeline marker sits next to the driveway of Andrea Sartos in Mackinaw City. Sartos is concerned about how little she knows about her neighbor of over 20 years. (Photo by Matt Mikus)

A pipeline marker sits next to the driveway of Andrea Sartos in Mackinaw City. Sartos is concerned about how little she knows about her neighbor of over 20 years. (Photo by Matt Mikus)

There’s growing concern about the Line 5 pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. Those who live along the pipeline are worried about a lack of information – but that could change with an upcoming forum hosted by the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Continue reading

Oil spill simulation at the Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Next month the Coast Guard will be working with Enbridge to test their oil spill response plan, should line 5 ever rupture.

Steve Keck, a Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness Specialist, said a simulation of this size takes about a year to plan.
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Michigan lawmakers intensify efforts to block Canadian nuclear waste storage facility

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

The deadline to submit public comments on a proposal to build a nuclear waste storage facility on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron is fast approaching.

Now, one of Michigan’s congressmen is urging Michiganders to write to the Canadian government, in opposition to the plan. Continue reading

The DEQ awards several grants to protect Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal wetlands

The state on Monday, August 7th, announced more than $700,000 in grants aimed at supporting coastal projects across Michigan.coastal-wetland-tobico_marsh

Central Michigan University received the largest single amount at $100,000.
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Stabenow attempts to halt Lake Huron nuclear dump with century old treaty

StabenowSenator Debbie Stabenow is once again attempting to stop construction of Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear dump on the shores of Lake Huron.

She introduced the ‘Stop Nuclear Waste by our Lakes Act’. It invokes a century old treaty between the U.S and Canada on Great Lakes issues. Continue reading

Department of Natural Resources recovery of Grand Traverse County over halfway done

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County.  Courtesy of the DNR.

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County. Courtesy of the DNR.

Governor Rick Snyder has declared a State of Emergency in Grand Traverse County in response to severe weather earlier this month.

The storms knocked out power across the region, and downed thousands of trees, including many on state property. Continue reading

Petoskey State Park dealing with trash problem

Matt Mikus/Petoskey News-Review Petoskey State Park director Dennis McDermott shows a collection of trash found on the state park beach.

Matt Mikus/Petoskey News-Review Petoskey State Park director Dennis McDermott shows a collection of trash found on the state park beach.

The shoreline of Petoskey State Park has been plagued with trash when heavy winds hit the bay.
But local park officials aren’t sure where all the trash is coming from.
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Visitors at the Huron-Manistee National Forest will learn how to “Leave No Trace”

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An organization that teaches people about limiting their impact on the outdoors is coming to the Huron-Manistee National Forest August 11-16.

“Leave No Trace” travels around the country, stopping in areas with fragile ecosystems. Continue reading

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative renewed for 5 more years

Logo of the EPA

Logo of the EPA

It’s been five years since the federal government’s largest initiative to restore the Great Lakes was passed into law, and Congress recently agreed to fund the program for another five years.

According to Cameron Davis, the senior adviser to the administrator of the EPA, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is one of the few pieces of legislation that repeatedly gets bi-partisan support.
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Third case of chronic wasting disease found in Ingham County

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State wildlife officials confirm a third deer from a mid-Michigan forest has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

These are the first instances of chronic wasting disease found in the wild in Michigan. It’s already been found in 20 states and two Canadian provinces. Continue reading

Preparing for Clean Power Plan state legislators tour solar facility

One of J. Ranck's solar panels.

One of J. Ranck’s solar panels.

State legislators met August 5th at the home of one of Michigan’s largest solar arrays following this week’s Clean Power Plan proposed by President Obama.
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State parks celebrate the night sky with s’mores and family fun

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State parks in central and northern Michigan are taking part in a celebration for the Perseid meteor shower starting August 8th through the 15th.

“Meteors and S’mores” will feature different events each night while them meteor shower is visible in the night sky — including movies, campfires — and free s’mores! Continue reading

New learning center to tell story of Civilian Conservation Corps

The future site of the Pigeon River Country Learning Center

The future site of the Pigeon River Country Learning Center

Nestled 20 miles or so northeast of Gaylord is an area of forest that holds generations of rich historical significance. It is an area 120,000 acres strong and will soon be a site of discovery and learning. Continue reading

Protesters rally against pipeline under Mackinac Strait

Protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac be shut down.

Protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac be shut down.

Environmental activists rallied at the state Capitol today to protest an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline is operated by Enbridge Energy – the company responsible for a massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in 2010. Continue reading