Already this spring, wildfires in Michigan have burned through seven times more land than they did at the same time last year.
The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.
Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.
Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.
“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”
For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture is using a $1.4 million grant from the federal government for two land easement programs in the state.
The programs focus is on keeping wetlands and agricultural lands precisely that: wetlands and agricultural lands. Continue reading
Mercury levels are staying the same or increasing in the Great Lakes. Continue reading
A group of Flint pastors on Thursday called on the city and governor’s office to let Flint get its tap water again from Detroit. Continue reading
The DNR is giving anglers a chance to help support the Michigan Walleye fishery and possibly win $100 in the process.
Soon Walleye will be making their way upstream to spawn in the Tittabawasee, and other rivers. During that time DNR fishery biologists will catch, tag and release as many adult Walleye as possible.
A 40-foot piece of history has been uncovered at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Robins might be the traditional harbinger of spring in Michigan, but officials say birds of prey are also coming through the state right now.
Bird counters are keeping track of how many raptors are going through the Straits area. Continue reading
State officials said Michigan went a little dam crazy in the early-to- mid 1800s. The DNR said most of these dams were used for grain mills.
Officials said the state has some 2,500 dams, and many are not needed anymore. In some cases the old dams are unsafe.
The Top of Michigan Trails Council and Emmet County commissioned the study last summer. Continue reading
Anyone who fishes the Great Lakes are probably familiar with pesky aquatic invasive species, things like sea lamprey and certain gobies.
Now, officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say they are granting $9.7 million to build a new invasive species laboratory in Presque Isle county.
The construction contract has been awarded to an Alpena county company, Crittenden. The work there will focus on how to repel and remove invasives from the Great Lakes. Continue reading
State fishing licences expire later this month. And as people look forward to spring fishing season, DNR officials say they are helping Walleye populations one generation at a time.
Tuesday night the EPA will give an update on cleanup work along the Tittabawassee River. It’s part of the at the bi-monthly Community Advisory Group meeting’s.
The current portion of the cleanup is focused on the floodplain of the river. It requires certain areas of soil to be removed and replaced.
The public is invited to the meeting and the local community group is looking to recruit new members.
The meeting is scheduled for the Tittabawassee Township Memorial Park Building in Freeland and begins at 6 PM.
Earlier this year the EPA estimated the entire cleanup would be completed in 2018.
March 20 marks the first day of spring, and with the warm weather lately, mounds of snow are starting to disappear.
This melting is milestone in the passing from winter to spring, and environmental specialists said it also marks the passing of pollutants from snow into Michigan’s waterways. Continue reading
To mine or not to mine, that is the question up for discussion again next week for the U.P.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said a Canadian based company, Graymont Inc., is seeking approval for a limestone mine.
According to the DNR, the grant aims to evaluate and expand management tools for invasive species in the Great Lakes.
Don’t feed the ducks, and don’t try to rescue the ducks. That’s the word from DNR officials.
Officials with the DNR said some waterfowl in the state are having a tough winter, similar to last year.
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, or VIDA, would set a national precedent for controlling boat ballast water that enters the U.S.
The bill was revived when Senator Gary Peters of Michigan added an amendment that would require all ships that enter the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway to dump their ballast water prior to entry.
Ballast water is considered to be one of the biggest doorways for aquatic invasive species to enter our waterways.
Research biologist at the DNR Dave Fielder spent years with the vessel. He said he’ll miss the old ship.
“Well I tend to think about the different people who have served on it, visited on it, over the years. Whole careers have been spent on this vessel. It can get pretty rough out there, it’s kinda notorious for creating seasickness, but it’s kinda like our second home.”
The new research vessel, the R.V Tanner, is expected to be constructed by April of 2016.
Fielder says the new ship is named after Dr. Howard Tanner who’s known as the, “Father of the Modern Pacific Salmon Program” .
Controversy surrounding a proposed nuclear waste dump that would be built near the Lake Huron Shoreline in Ontario is heating up.
The main issue surrounding Ontario Power Generation’s, or OPG’s, proposed nuclear dump can be boiled down to three things.
Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, has talked themselves hoarse defending their proposal for a nuclear waste storage facility near Lake Huron.
The USDA is set to provide 1.2 billion dollars over five years to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in order to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in the Great Lakes basin.
Beginning Monday , the DNR is calling upon Michiganders, especially in northern Michigan, to help keep track of gray wolves migrating across the Straits of Mackinac.