Category Archives: Environment

Sleeping Bear Dunes named one of 21 best beaches by National Geographic

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Photo by GEOSTILLS

A popular Michigan tourism destination made it onto a National Geographic list of the 21 best beaches in the world.

Sleeping Bear Dunes named one of the best 21 beaches in the world by National Geographic. Continue reading

New recreational park for Saginaw region

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A public-private partnership has set the stage for a new public park in Saginaw.
It will be built on top of about 300 acres of what had been a landfill for GM.


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.

State says Flint’s water meets federal requirements for lead and copper, still not safe to drink

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A new state report finds lead and copper levels in Flint water levels meet federal requirements, though, officials say it’s still not totally safe to drink.

The state is still urging people to use water filters and bottled water for drinking and cooking. Continue reading

Bandit Industries reaches $3 million settlement with EPA

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A wood and waste equipment manufacturer in Mecosta County has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act.

The EPA fined Bandit Industries $3 million for the violation. Company officials say they’re disappointed in the penalty. Continue reading

Businesses create coalition against Line 5; congress introduces legislation to shut down pipeline

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Nearly a dozen businesses from around the state, and country, formed a coalition this month opposing Enbridge’s line 5 under the straits of Mackinac.

Bell’s Brewery, Shepler’s Ferry, and national outdoor retailer Patagonia are among the businesses in the new Great Lakes Business Network. Continue reading

Photographer reveals “ghosts” of Lake Erie

lake_erie_2_mediumDave Sandford is has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He’s based in London, Ontario -– about a half hour from Lake Erie. Over the years he’s dabbled in several genres of photography, from sports to wildlife, but says he always returns to the Great Lakes in his spare time.
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Experts say we need gravel mines

IMG_0761Dave and Becky Sherwood operate a taxidermy business out of their home in Richland Township. It’s tucked back in the woods, just a tenth of a mile from a proposed gravel mine. Becky Sherwood says a lot of things about the project from Top Grade Site Management worry her. She says her property’s value will likely go down. And the life they’ve created out here in the woods, just won’t be the same.
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