Environmental groups and experts from around the state are gathering in Marquette this week to talk about Michigan’s beaches. The Great Lakes Beach Association Conference will highlight efforts to detect E. Coli faster, and survey beaches quicker.
Shannon Briggs is a toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
She says keeping Michigan beaches clean and safe is a priority. “Michigan has great beaches, all across our state, and most of these beaches are in places that are tucked away in smaller communities. We want to keep those beaches open and clean because those beaches are attracting other visitors and tourism.”
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Recycling centers in Michigan say they’re not receiving money for colored glass bottles. They say those bottles may have to go to landfills.
Buyers in Michigan still accept clear glass bottles for recycling, but not colored. So that could include; beer, wine or some pop bottles.
Lindsey Walker is Recycling Outreach for Emmet County Recycling Center. Continue reading
A report released this week found an estimated 275 deaths in Michigan each year are related to air pollution.
This according to a new study conducted for the American Thoracic Society.
The report took data from 2011 to 2013. Continue reading
The state has opened a public comment period on the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.
Earlier this month, the company was ordered to install more supports under the pipeline. Some of the current supports are farther apart than the 75-feet, required by Michigan law. Continue reading
More than a million dollars in grants have been awarded to clean up Michigan Brownfield sites.
300-thousand of that money has been earmarked to clean up a former GM facility in Flint.
Brownfield sites are designated by cities, as areas for cleanup and revitalization. Continue reading
Health officials in Traverse City expect to know Tuesday, June 13, whether or not they can lift a public health advisory in the Grand Traverse Bay
Three-thousand gallons of untreated sewage leaked out of a sewer, and into a creek that flows through the Boardman River, and into Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, June 11. Continue reading
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.
Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.
“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”
The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set
Mesmerizing sunsets have been seen throughout the Great Lakes. They may be quite pleasant to look at, but their cause is rather destructive in nature.
Great sunsets come at great cost – in this case, it’s fires raging in Alberta, Canada. Continue reading
After years of soil sampling and cleanup efforts – the Department of Environmental Quality has released a report on the status of the dioxin contamination cleanup in Midland.
The report is the final step of cleanup efforts after area soils were contaminated by dioxin from Dow Chemical. Continue reading
State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.
The state attorney general has no formal role in approving or disapproving the request for a pipeline to Lake Michigan that would withdraw millions of gallons of water to replace the city’s contaminated water supply. Continue reading
Alpena County has received 850-thousand dollars for a dredging project on the Thunder Bay River.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers awarded the grant to fund a dredging project in the Alpena Harbor, which flows into Thunder Bay. Continue reading
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.
Monday may be a holiday for some – but some communities are hoping to honor Martin Luther King Jr. day as a time for service.
The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland said volunteers will be constructing seed balls with clay, dirt and plant seeds in the middle. Continue reading
On November 12, Alma College is hosting a webinar on global and rural sustainability.
The webinar will include a panel and interactive discussion about worldwide and rural-Michigan sustainability. Continue reading
Isabella County community members have a chance to see hawks, falcons and owls close up Wednesday night.
A Birds of Prey presentation is being put on at the Mid-Michigan Community College Mt. Pleasant campus. Continue reading
Imagine a group like the Peace Corps that, instead of focusing on international issues, puts its effort into domestic problems.
For example, instead of providing clean water for third world countries, they clean wells for low-income rural homes in Michigan.
Central Michigan University received the largest single amount at $100,000.
Dust and dirt settled around me in a mound the size of a mobile home when T.S Nurnberger Middle School’s practice football field was excavated.
The field is contaminated with chemicals that came from the Pine River. Continue reading
After two years of hearings and arguments, a recommendation was released Wednesday, May 6th, on building a nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron.
A Canadian Panel was tasked with assessing the proposal for a nuclear dump which would be run by Ontario Power Generation – or OPG.
The Canadian Minister of the Environment will review the panel’s recommendations and issue a decision on whether or not to allow a nuclear dump within the Lake Huron watershed.
We’ll have a more detailed description of the panel’s recommendations once the documents are made public.
There are several Earth-friendly events taking place this week at Central Michigan University, including one “hands-on” event.
It’s called “Pick up the Chip”.
It’s a service project aimed at cleaning trash from around the Chippewa river, and part of the Earth-week focus to reduce pollution and teach future generations responsible ways to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Rachel Ochylski is one of the organizers.
She said, “We really wanted to show the community that you don’t have to live near an ocean to care about marine animals and conservation of their habitat, and you can make a difference here in Michigan and right here in Mount Pleasant.”
Ochylski said event organizers hope to educate people on the importance of habitat conservation and reducing pollution.
Pick up the Chip is scheduled for Friday at noon at Mt Pleasant’s Island Park.
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A Natural Reserve dedicated to quiet recreational experiences and environmental education will soon be seeing utility upgrades. Continue reading