Dozens of cities, counties and Native American tribes have spoken up in opposition of the oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, now a major Michigan church group is joining in. Continue reading
The park will include hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing, and catch-and-release fishing in the Saginaw river.
Marc Miller is the Deputy Director of Regional Initiatives for the Michigan DNR. He said the property only cost 10 dollars, however there will be capital cost to develop the site.
“Our first phase we imagine it will be around 290,000 dollars, for trail development and some of the other amenities, and so, that is one of our first phases of development. We’re hoping, also, that the partners will raise enough money that an endowment will be there to pay for the operations and maintenances site by the county.”
Miller said the site will provide the opportunity for healthy recreation, and enjoying nature. He said it will give the DNR a new area to work on things like water quality, reforestation, and increasing wildlife habitat.
The DNR hopes to close the deal by summer and begin development.
A federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis.
Governor Rick Snyder signed a bipartisan bill Friday that will require public water supply systems to tell customers about elevated lead levels. The law would require notification within three days of discovering lead levels are above the federal action level. Notification is already required – but the three-day rule is new. Governor Rick Snyder said the bill is an important first step.
It’s called the No Spills Conference. This is its 27th year.
After much back and forth, wolf hunting is once again legal in Michigan.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was renewed for another five years. Congress will have have to approve spending every year to keep the program funded.
The initiative allows projects throughout the state to help reduce pollution, battle invasive species and monitor fisheries. Continue reading
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals says the state must start delivering bottled water to households in Flint that don’t have working filters.
A bill is making its way through the legislature that would reinstate wolf hunting in Michigan, if wolves are ever taken off the federal endangered species list.
The state Department of Natural Resources has dispatched several teams to assist in fighting the fires.
All systems are ‘go’ for a new play place in Mt. Pleasant.
The group supporting the project has surpassed their goal of 50-thousand dollars for construction of a new playscape.
The crowdfunding success triggers state matching funds to the tune of 50-thousand.
Molli Ferency is with the city of Mount Pleasant. She said local kids helped design Timber Town 2.0.
“After the 22 years, the naturally aging structural challenges, we need to rebuild the playground, so we have an enhanced design that was created with input for many of the local kids.”
Fernecy said the total cost of the project is close to 400-thousand dollars. The crowdfuding campaign helped raise the last 100-thousand needed.
“In order to create that enhanced design, we needed close to 400-thousand dollars, and the city has contributed close to 243-thousand dollars of that total amount. So come this spring, we will be building that new design based on the kids, based on those ideas they gave us.”
Ferency said construction of the project will begin in May, and should be completed within five days with volunteer help.
An upcoming conference in Cleveland will tackle marine debris, the pieces of plastic that wash up on the river, ocean, or Great Lake shores. It’s a issue that has affected the health and appearances of beaches around the world.
Every infant and toddler in Michigan should be tested for lead. That’s one of the recommendations of a task force looking for ways to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.
The orange army will be out in full swing this week.
They’re not only keeping the deer population in check – but adding more than two-billion dollars to the state’s economy.
Ashley Autenrieth is a Deer Program Biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Gaylord. Continue reading
A new survey shows planting trees can help reduce air pollution and extreme heat during summer.
Robert McDonald is the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy, which conducted the survey. He said there are two issues the study focuses on.
“One is how trees cool the air and they do that by shading pavement, and asphalt preventing it from getting the sun’s energy. And then the reports focuses on particulate matter, which globally the most damaging type of air pollution. So when we burn gasoline and other fossil fuels there are little particles that float around in the air.”
McDonald said particulate matter pollution contributes to strokes, heart attacks, asthma and other diseases. It kills some three million people a year. He said trees help by serving as a giant filter, and cool surrounding areas by up to four degrees.
Governor Rick Snyder and state environmental officials have declared western Lake Erie is an “impaired” waterway that needs to be cleaned up.
The money is being used, in some cases, to fund what officials call innovative approaches to addressing waste water.