Category Archives: Environment

Route to prosperity event coming to Northwest MI

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The Northwest Michigan Food Farming Network is attempting to boost the amount of locally sourced food bought and sold in state.

In order to kickstart that goal, the network is holding an event at the end of the month in Traverse city.
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Public comment period extended for pipeline studies

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The state has extended the public comment period for two independent studies of Enbridge’s pipeline under the straits of Mackinac.
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MSU Extension bridges generational gap in agriculture with technology

Msu extension logoMichigan State University Extension will host an event in mid-March aimed at helping those new to agriculture get a head start.
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Noise complaints prompt DNR to offer free snowmobile noise testing in Gaylord

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Noise complaints from homeowners near snowmobile trails have prompted the state to offer free noise testing in Gaylord.

Officials say some riders install an aftermarket muffler on their machine in order to make it louder. Continue reading

Little Traverse Conservancy gives an excuse to brave the cold

Almost every Saturday this month Little Traverse Conservancy is hosting, what they call, outdoor adventure events.

The events are aimed at getting families outside to appreciate Michigan’s unique winter landscape.
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Democrats renew calls for legislative hearings on Flint water crisis

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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.

They’ve introduced a resolution that would give a state Senate panel subpoena power to investigate the situation. They say lawmakers have a duty to exercise their oversight powers to hold public officials accountable.


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Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round

 

IMG_0843Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round. Most recently,  winter spinach has been added to the menu for the local food co-op the UP is working to launch.

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Some Paradise residents struggling to keep their homes afloat

Cannon beforeResidents in Paradise, Michigan are worried their homes may be slipping into Lake Superior. High water levels have washed away large chunks of shoreline and left some homeowners scrambling to keep their houses intact. Continue reading

Hefty petition rejecting nuclear dump hits the desk of Canadian Prime Minister

A new petition with nearly 100-thousand signatures, and over 30-thousand comments is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment to reject a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron.
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Scientists hunt link between Legionella and Flint water

Michigan scientists said it’s early, but as of now, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm or deny any possible link between the rise in Legionnaires Disease in Genesee county and the water crisis in Flint. Continue reading

Issues concerning Pine River will be discussed in Gratiot County Wednesday night

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Community members in Gratiot County will be discussing issues concerning the Pine River on Wednesday night.

The Pine River, which flows through Gratiot County, has contamination issues dating back decades. Continue reading

Retired Mackinac Island carriage horse taps into his creative side

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Margaret and Nick painting

A former Mackinac Island carriage horse is living up his retirement years in Illinois. He’s been tapping into his creative side, with help from his trainer.

Nick may look like your average 22-year old Appaloosa/Clydesdale mix – but he’s far from a normal gelding. Continue reading

Service day projects throughout Michigan are honoring MLK day on Monday

Photo courtesy of The Little Forks Conservancy.

Photo courtesy of The Little Forks Conservancy.

Monday may be a holiday for some – but some communities are hoping to honor Martin Luther King Jr. day as a time for service.

The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland said volunteers will be constructing seed balls with clay, dirt and plant seeds in the middle. Continue reading

Late winter and invasive pests poses concern for Michigan fruit growers

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The late winter is a concern for many Michigan area fruit growers.

Fruit growers met in Traverse City this week to talk about things like invasive pests, marketing skills, and damage to vegetation. Continue reading

First step: creating cures from worms

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

More than a quarter million dollars in grant money from the National Institutes of Health was recently awarded to a microbiologist from CMU in order to bolster a certain type of stem cell research.

Dr. Xantha Karp is a CMU professor, and the lead microbiologist on this stem cell research project.
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Sea lamprey pheromone approved by EPA for battle against invasive species

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The Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month registered the first ever vertebrate pheromone biopesticide. The pheromone is one used by sea lamprey to alert other lamprey that they are looking for a mate. The EPA has approved the pheromone concoction to basically trick the eels so they can be killed easier
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EPA says Tittabawassee river cleanup is speeding up

The Environmental Protection Agency says by the end of 2016, it will be halfway done with cleanup of the Tittabawassee river.

Mary Logan is a spokeswoman for the EPA.

She said the cleanup is running ahead of schedule.
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DNR Director Creagh to serve as interim environmental quality director

flintGovernor Rick Snyder has tapped Keith Creagh to serve as interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. That’s after Dan Wyant stepped down over mistakes that resulted in high lead levels in Flint’s tap water.

Creagh has served as director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources since 2012. He previously headed the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.