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Revived senate bill would help protect the Great Lakes from invasives

In Washington DC, a bill that would help protect the Great Lakes from invasive species has been revived by the Senate, and sent to the House for a vote.

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.
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Ballast water is considered to be one of the biggest doorways for aquatic invasive species to enter our waterways.

Clean Water Act marks anniversary on Saturday

October 18 is the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, but National Wildlife Federation officials say the bill’s current ambiguity puts miles of streams and wetlands at risk of losing protection.

The questionable language was found as the result of two recent Supreme Court challenges to the act.
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Children’s advocates take message to Washington D.C.

HealthcareOur nation’s capital this week will host hospital administrators and families from Michigan and around the country for what’s called the Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Continue reading

Michigan Bill to protect late-night clerks


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A new bill is being considered in the Michigan House of Representatives that would beef up safety for late night gas station attendants.

The bill is the result of the April disappearance of a young mother in Muskegon County. Continue reading