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Michigan Audubon Society honors Grayling

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The City of Grayling's project to divert stormwater and pollutants from the AuSable River has been recognized as being for the birds and for much more.

The city was awarded the Michigan Audubon Society's President's Environmental Stewardship Award for the AuSable River Stormwater Retention Project at a ceremony held in Lansing on March 4.

Later this year, the city will complete the first phase of a three phase project to retrofit the city's storm sewers.

Currently, stormwater, pollutants and trash go into the river through the city's 12 storm sewers after heavy rains and snow melts.

After the project is completed, the storm water will run into rain gardens - landscaped wetland which will naturally filter the water - retention basins and filters which will capture oil and trash from going into the river.  more...

 



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Bottler offers sports fields for city water

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ImageEVART -- Nestle Waters North America Inc. is in talks with local officials to begin purchasing city water that would be trucked 40 miles to its Ice Mountain water-bottling plant in southern Mecosta County.

To make the offer more enticing, Nestle Waters said it's willing to build 14 acres of baseball and softball diamonds and a football practice field by next year. The Greenwich, Conn.-based company also would relocate at least 300 campsites at the Osceola County Fairgrounds to provide a natural buffer around Evart's water wells.

"I'm tickled. It's like Christmas," said Howard Hyde, superintendent of Evart Public Schools.

Nestle Waters wants a second source of water, partly because the wells that feed the bottling plant near Stanwood are restricted to a monthly pumping average of 250 gallons per minute, the result of a lawsuit filed by a grass-roots environmental group.   more...

 



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Water pipeline clears PSC assessment

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The state Public Service Commission says a proposed 65-mile water pipeline from Manitowoc to Brown County shouldn’t pose significant environmental impacts.

The PSC’s preliminary determination — which means a lengthy environmental impact statement is not needed — should help keep the project on schedule, said Joe Linssen of Ledgeview, vice president of the Central Brown County Water Authority.  more...

 



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Groundwater ordinance is rejected

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After months of consideration, Muskegon Township Monday scrapped the groundwater ordinance Marathon Oil Co. representatives had pushed hard for passage.

If adopted, the new rules would have ended reliance on wells for drinking or irrigation in two areas where petroleum products polluted groundwater or may do so in the future. Those two areas are on both sides of Laketon Avenue between Dangl and Sheridan roads and a small amount of property along Apple Avenue just east of U.S. 31.    more...

 



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Dewine pushes lakes bill

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 Federal legislation has been introduced that would create a multi-year grant program that would aid state and municipal governments in projects important to the long-term future of the Great Lakes region.

U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, co-chairman of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, has introduced the Great Lakes Environmental Restoration Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

The five Great Lakes are a national resource that contain one-fifth of the worldwide freshwater and many globally rare species, some found only in the Great Lakes, DeWine said.   more...

 



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Great Lakes circle the drain

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Fear hung thick in the Niagara Falls mist in June 2001, when the governors and premiers of the Great Lakes states and provinces pooled their collective political capital and pledged to do whatever it takes to keep outsiders from draining the world's largest freshwater resource.

The politicians who clustered near the edge of the falls had arrived from all points of the political spectrum, pushed by a public outraged over a Canadian firm's scheme to ship about 156 million gallons of Great Lakes water annually to Asia.

The Nova Group plan to haul away pieces of Lake Superior tanker by tanker had already been rejected by that time, but the fear lingered that existing laws may not hold up the next time outsiders in this increasingly thirsty world came calling for the water and regional governments tried to just say no.   more...

 



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Michigan congressman wants probe of lake levels

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A Michigan congressman said last week she will seek $2.5 million for federal officials to investigate the theory behind a potentially underrated source of Great Lakes water level declines.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R., Mich.) wants the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission to probe the degree to which erosion at the bottom of the St. Clair River may be to blame for fluctuating water levels.

The outcome of such research ultimately could benefit western Lake Erie, the shallowest part of the Great Lakes and one that gets about 90 percent of its water from northern water bodies.   more...

 



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EPA to release mercury emission rules

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to release new rules that are expected to allow power plants to trade emissions credits to achieve mercury reductions.   more...

 



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Carp eggs might hitch ride past fence, enter Lake Michigan

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Even if adult Asian carp don't get into Lake Michigan, their eggs will.

Female carp will spill millions of eggs into the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal in late June or July, aquatic biologists say.

Barges will pump canal water containing eggs, some hatched into larvae, into ballast tanks to level their loads. And when the boats deliver their cargoes to Lake Michigan ports, the ballast water -- along with the eggs and larvae -- will be dumped into the lake.

This is another way the destructive invader fish will circumvent the $9.1 million electrified barrier being built in the canal, warns longtime Great Lakes advocate Eddie Landmichl of Chicago.   more...

 



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Unique strain of walleye found in Ohio River

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Researchers have found a unique strain of walleye in the Ohio River that West Virginia wildlife officials plan to breed in an effort to boost the fish's population in the river.

Unlike the lake-dwelling walleye normally stocked in the Ohio, this strain of fish has adapted to living in a river. Although it has only been found in the upper Ohio, north of the Belleview pool, wildlife officials believe it would thrive throughout the waterway if they breed it in a hatchery and stock it.   more...

 



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NEW ROAD SURFACE COULD MEAN FEWER SALT TRUCKS

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A new coating on a road surfaces could lower its freezing point, preventing ice formation. (Photo by Cristian Pricop) Drivers are testing out a new road coating that could reduce accidents in the winter. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports, it might also mean fewer trips for highway salt trucks:  more...

 

Learn more about road surface coatings from Michigan Tech University

Read about the effects of road salt on the environment



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Miller calls on cities to clean up Great Lakes

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The leaders of the two largest cities on the Great Lakes, Toronto Mayor David Miller and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, have called for cities to play a greater role in the binational effort to clean up the world's largest fresh-water lakes.   more...

 



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Lawmakers balk at sewer-discharge rules

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Federal legislation to ban "sewage blending," where treated water is mixed with partially treated water during sewer system overflows, has been introduced by a 40-member bipartisan congressional coalition.  more...

 



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PennEnvironment focuses exclusively on protecting Pennsylvania's air, water and open spaces.
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Sediment study

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The Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released findings of a study outlining ways to improve water quality, fish habitat and reduce the amount of material dredged from the Clinton River.

A seminar to discuss the Clinton River Sediment Transport Modeling Study was held at the Macomb Intermediate School District Building in Clinton Township.

James Selegean of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the federal government directed the Detroit District office to develop sediment transport models for tributaries to the Great Lakes that discharge to areas of concern, which in this case was the Clinton River pouring into Lake St. Clair.

Three computer models introduced were developed to simulate land-use changes in the watershed and how those changes affect the amount of sediment that gets carried into the Clinton River watershed, Selegean said.

"The models will assist state local resource agencies in evaluating alternatives for soil conservation and non-point source pollution prevention in the tributary watersheds," said Selegean, noting the intent of the study is to provide guidance on how to better manage the watershed from a sediment perspective.    more...



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