A number of Michigan communities, campuses, and utilities have been recognized for their tree care efforts.
Lake Ontario is 20 inches higher than normal, and New York towns along the south shore are filling sandbags and making other flood preparations.
The Great Lakes have been struggling for years in its battle against phosphorous loading. While experts say much of the phosphorous is coming from farms, there’s plenty the average gardener can do to help keep from adding to the problem.
With the wolf population on Isle Royale down to just two wolves, the National Park Service is considering ideas to bring it back up.
Great Lakes beaches have always been popular for tourists. But in the 1970s and 80s, they were also prime real estate for nuclear power plants because there was lots of water to cool the reactors.
Thousands of volunteers from work to clear the shoreline of debris, not just this time of year, but all year long. Like the volunteers at the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper . The nonprofit is hosting its Spring Shoreline Sweep on April 22.
It’s an annual event and it resulted in clearing more than 11 tons of litter from shoreline areas last year.
Riverkeeper’s executive director Jill Jedlicka says volunteers find items as small as cigarette butts and sometimes larger items tires and televisions.
“Unfortunately we do find things like hypodermic needles, we do find petroleum based products sometimes,” she said. “Just a lot of what we call flotsam and jetsam, which is the stuff that gets washed off from parking lots and streets everywhere. And, it ultimately finds its way into the waterways.”
Once it enters the waterways it can have a negative effect on everything from drinking water to wildlife habitats.
“We don’t always want to be cleaning it up after the fact, we’d rather it not be there in the first place,” said Kris Patterson, executive director at Partners for Clean Streams in Ohio.
Patterson says they like to include prevention education as part of their cleanup events.
The group organizes cleanups in shoreline and other areas throughout the year. Their largest cleanup event is in September.
“We want to show people the ways we can reduce marine debris,” she said. “It’s by reducing what your using in the first place, so not always getting the plastic grocery bag can you take a reusable grocery bag.”
And, she says, it all comes down town being mindful of what we’re consuming and how we’re consuming it.
A group of Yoopers are among many people around the country to provide relief for victims of wildfires in the central United States.
A bill advancing in the state could allow commercial trucks powered by natural gas to increase their weight. Continue reading
The buildup of nutrients in western Lake Erie can trigger algae growth – and contaminate drinking water in nearby cities. That happened as recently as 2014, when Toledo residents could not drink their water for two days. Continue reading
Lots of people were already upset about President Trump’s plan to slash Great Lakes funding in next year’s federal budget. Now he’s recommending a $50 million cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for this year. Continue reading
Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint. The state House today agreed to spend 100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another 20 million from the state.
The 2017 Pure Michigan Pure Award has been awarded to a unique park in the tip of the mitt, the Headlands International Dark Sky park.
Wetland habitat restoration will be among the issues highlighted at an upcoming public meeting aimed at improving the state of the Great Lakes. The Buffalo meeting on March 28 is one of six being held by the International Joint Commission, the bi-national group that helps regulate the Great Lakes.
The coyote population in Michigan is large, and with breeding season beginning, sightings are expected to increase.
As anyone who lives in Michigan knows, the weather can turn on a dime. The latest weather shift is causing syrup producers to get an early start to their season.
Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.
Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading
Dozens of cities, counties and Native American tribes have spoken up in opposition of the oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, now a major Michigan church group is joining in. Continue reading
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.
A federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis.