Category Archives: Environment

Saginaw Bay fishery regulations changing

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Walleye bag limits in Saginaw Bay are being raised from 5-8. Yellow Perch limits are being cut in half to twenty-five. Continue reading

Lake Michigan is the leading topic at Grand Traverse County conference


A conference in Grand Traverse County will highlight Lake Michigan.

The Department of Environmental Quality is hosting more than 300 experts in the fields of climate change, invasive species and beach management. Continue reading

Deadly animal disease on the rise in Charlevoix County


Wildlife officials are reporting an increase in Distemper among wild animals in Charlevoix County. Distemper is an incurable viral disease that affects the intestinal and respiratory tracts.

Animal control officials say there have been more than 30 cases of Distemper in raccoons, foxes and coyotes since June – a dramatic increase from previous years. Continue reading

Sea Lamprey levels at their lowest in decades

sea_lamprey_770-760x430Efforts by the Great Lakes Commission have brought invasive sea lamprey populations to their lowest levels in decades.
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Students and instructors at Lake Superior State University have a unique opportunity to study a new invasive species

Lake Superior State University environmental science professor Dr. Megan Kelly poses with a sample of Didymosphenia geminate, commonly known as “didymo” or “rock snot.”  Photo courtesy of LSSU.

Lake Superior State University environmental science professor Dr. Megan Kelly poses with a sample of Didymosphenia geminate, commonly known as “didymo” or “rock snot.” Photo courtesy of LSSU.

Instructors and students at Lake Superior State University are planning to studying a new invasive species. One that settled right in a nearby river.

Didymo, or rock snot was found in the St. Mary’s River a few weeks ago. Continue reading

E.coli levels very high in Mid-Michigan’s Pine River

Residents of the Gratiot county area are being warned this week the Pine River is unsafe for any type of contact.

The river tested positive for E.coli levels ten times higher than the EPA’s safety standard.

The Mid-Michigan Health Department says the water is unsafe for fishing, swimming and any body contact. Continue reading

The DEQ grants quarter million dollars for ‘Trail Towns’

The state granted more than a quarter-million dollars for improving coastal trails and nearby towns across the state.

Grand Traverse County received the single largest grant, just under $100,000.

The rest of the money was parceled out to the Clinton River Watershed Council, and three other environmental groups farther south.
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Three Michigan species considered for national endangered list

Woodturtle, Courtesy of the DNR

Woodturtle, Courtesy of the DNR

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is studying whether or not to add three Michigan species to the National Endangered list.

The Rusty-patched Bumblebee and the Regal Fritillary, which is a butterfly, are under consideration along with the Wood Turtle.

Georgia Parham is a Public Affairs Manager for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. She said that although they’re small, insects are important species.

“I think it’s interesting that we have a couple insects in this group of species, both of which are pollinators. Pollinators and other species are very important to lots of different kinds of things. We sometimes get the question, ‘Well, what does it matter if we lose a species of Butterfly or a Bumblebee or something like that.’ I think it’s important to think about the big picture and the roles that these insects play in the pollination of not only wildflowers but agricultural crops as well.”

She said this is the beginning of a long road to get on the list.

“It is a long process. Or it can be…Depending on how many resources we have and what kind of information we need. Some species are very local and it’s not as difficult to gather information about them. Some of ‘em are very wide ranging and it takes time to collect information that accurately reflects its status.”

Both of the insects have been petitioned for the list in the past, but didn’t make it on. The Wood Turtle is already listed as threatened in Michigan.

As summer comes to a close Environment Michigan looks at the many ways Michiganders are using water for recreational use

Great LakesA summer fun index from Environment Michigan shows that Michigan ranks third in boating out of twenty-six states that were rated.

Annalise Dobbelstein is the Campaign organizer for Environment Michigan in Ann Arbor.

She said water-loving Michiganders are benefiting from the EPA’s Clean Water Act.

“ We need to continue to make sure that our local officials all the way up to the senate do continue to support the clean water rule. So we can continue to have not only clean drinking water but clean water for recreational uses for many generations to come.”

Dobbelstein said this summer more than 9-million visitors came to Michigan to enjoy the waterways.

It’s National Trail week- but a Northern Michigan trail is celebrating for a different reason


A 2,000 mile-long trail that runs through Wexford, Grand Traverse and Emmet counties is celebrating its first corporate donation.

The Iron Belle Trail has been awarded $25,000 from TransCanda, a pipeline company based in Kalkaska County. Continue reading

Tittabawassee River cleanup continues to keep community content

RiverLast nights Saginaw Community Action Group meeting with the EPA went well according to Dave Sommers, the President of the group. Community members gave their recommendations for cleanup of the next segment of the Tittabawassee River.

In short, they encouraged the EPA to keep doing what it’s doing.
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Oil spill simulation under the Straits

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
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100-Megawatt wind farm coming to Huron County


Powering homes may soon become more environmentally-friendly in Huron County — a new wind farm is expected to be constructed in the thumb community.

The Apple Blossom wind farm will generate 100-megawatts of energy. That’s enough to power 20,000 homes. Continue reading

Odawa Indians and DNR band together to restore Sturgeon fishery

Picture of a sturgeon.  Courtesy of the DNR.

Picture of a sturgeon. Courtesy of the DNR.

The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians has collaborated with the Department of Natural Resources to examine the Sturgeon fishery in the Tip of the Mitt.

Burt Lake in Cheboygan county is known for having a historically strong Sturgeon fishery. However, in recent years, overfishing has had a significant impact on the fish population.
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Second occurrence of gray wolves spotted in the lower peninsula since 1910

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced genetic confirmation of a gray wolf present in Emmet County in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced genetic confirmation of a gray wolf present in Emmet County in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Since 1910, there has only been one confirmed occurrence of gray wolves roaming the lower peninsula.

However this week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the second confirmation thanks to DNA test submitted by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Continue reading