Category Archives: Natural Resources

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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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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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative renewed for 5 more years

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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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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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More people using rooftop solar to “net meter”

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More Michiganders are using rooftop solar panels to generate electricity and take advantage of a state program. It requires utilities to buy back their excess power and credit the customer. Continue reading

Indoor farmers market set to come to the City of Harrison

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Construction will begin soon on a new year-round farmers market in the City of Harrison.

The Clare County community was awarded nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to build a permanent farmers market. Right now, the market utilizes tents set up in a downtown parking lot. 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

Pipeline task force releases recommendations

The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force has released its recommendations for Line 5 underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

No heavy tar-sands oil will be allowed pass under the Great Lakes per the task force’s first round of recommendations.
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Low prices prompt propane customers to lock in winter rates

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Even though it’s still summer, Michigan propane customers should be thinking about staying warm in the winter.

The Michigan Agency for Energy says there is 13% more propane this year than years’ past. Continue reading

River restoration beginning final step

After more than 20 years, restoration work on the St. Mary’s River in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is nearly complete

Scientists from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plan to remove a blockage from the river which they say will help restore roughly seventy (70) acres of prime sport fishing area.
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On The Map visits North & South Manitou Islands

Not far off the shore of northwestern Michigan, off of the Leelanau Peninsula, are two islands whose history goes back thousands of years.IMG_0839

North and South Manitou Islands are apart of the Beaver Island archipelago and lie in Lake Michigan.

10,000 years ago a Native American group known as the Anishinabek, took what was called the “Great Walk” to the Great Lakes area and beyond. Continue reading

Trout Trails web tool helps anglers find new fishing destinations

If you don’t have a fishing buddy for the holiday weekend, the Department of Natural Resources says it’s got you covered. The state has released a new web tool to help anglers find just the right river or lake to fish for trout.

Trout Trails is a web-based map that gives information on waters that fisheries biologists say are good for trout. Some of the sites, the DNR says, are lesser- known, but outstanding trout fishing destinations.

Suzanne Stone is with the DNR Fisheries Division.

She said the web site is intended to make anglers feel like they’re going fishing with an old fishing buddy. A buddy who has a lot of information about the area, “Like how fast the water was, was it a stream or river, what was the best time to fish in any certain lake or the season, and then provide directions to the site, both written as well as a link that would take them to Google Maps”.

Stone said Trout Trails provides information on 129 trout destinations.

ON THE WEB:
Trout Trails http://www.michigan.gov/trouttrails

Snyder announces Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week


The Great Lakes are home to more than 180 aquatic invasive species.

With more species on their way Governor Snyder has announced that the week leading up to the 4th of July is now considered Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week in Michigan.
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Hunting of antlerless deer restricted during upcoming archery season

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Antlerless deer cannot be hunted during the archery season in the Upper Peninsula this year, under an order from the state Natural Resources Commission.

Declining numbers of deer are to blame for the restriction. Two harsh winters in two years are to blame. Continue reading