Category Archives: Natural Resources

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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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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Michigan wildlife welcoming break from harsh winters

Mammals like squirrels put on fat during the fall to last them through harsh winters. However, this year, they may not be tapping as much into that fat as temperatures have been warmer than average.

Mammals like squirrels put on fat during the fall to last them through harsh winters. However, this year, they may not be tapping as much into that fat as temperatures have been warmer than average.

Officials say wildlife are faring much better this winter compared to last year. Overall, warmer temperatures are to thank. 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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Consumers Energy’s is being investigated by the state for its billing practices

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An investigation was launched on Wednesday, Jan. 20 into Consumers Energy’s estimated billing practices.

Officials with the Michigan Public Service Commission say they’ve received complaints about estimated billing. That’s a practice where the energy company does not read the meter – rather it estimates the utility usage and bill. 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

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

Michigan officials in California teaching national departments about credit card skimmers

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Michigan officials are teaching the secret service, FBI and other national departments how to catch credit card skimmers.

Credit card skimmers are illegal devices that criminals install on gas station pumps to steal consumers credit card information. Continue reading

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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The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is looking for homes for three dogs from Detroit

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The Charlevoix Area Humane Society has some extra room in their shelter, and they’ve decided to use the space to welcome transfer dogs from Detroit.

The Charlevoix Humane Society has taken two pitbull mixes and a doberman. Continue reading

The federal government is helping out Flint — in the form of 28,000 liters of bottled water

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Flint is distributing 28-thousand liters of bottled water — This from a donation made by the federal government.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the water to Flint after the Michigan State Police learned that FEMA had a surplus of bottled water. The shipment was received on December 14. Continue reading

Canadian government delays dump decision, again

A month after Canada’s new Prime Minister was sworn in, the Canadian Government has delayed the decision on whether or not to allow a nuclear waste dump near the shores of the Great Lakes.
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DNR stocks Musky in 17 Michigan waterways

27,000 Muskellunge fish will be stocked into 17 Michigan waterways by the DNR.

27,000 Muskellunge fish will be stocked into 17 Michigan waterways by the DNR.

In an effort to further enhance Michigan’s fisheries, the Department of Natural Resources has recently stocked thousands of a popular sporting fish across the state.

The Michigan DNR recently stocked more than 27,000 Muskellunge fingerlings into a total of 17 lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds across the state. Continue reading

Hunting season update: Deer numbers down across UP

Deer like this buck may be more common than deer 1-2 years in age across the U.P due to recent harsh winters.

Deer like this buck may be more common than deer 1-2 years in age across the U.P due to recent harsh winters.

Bringing home that perfect buck may be a bit more difficult this year for firearm hunters in the U.P. But this comes as no surprise from state biologists who’ve stated recent harsh winters are to blame.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources predicted a decline in deer population in the Upper Peninsula this fall. So far, the actual numbers are on par with predictions. Continue reading

El Niño could impact Great Lakes water levels

GreatLakesThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration met with other federal entities this month to discuss the future of Great Lakes water levels.

Drew Gronewold is a hydrologist with NOAA. Continue reading