Great Lakes

Don’t mess with the Great Lakes

In a surprising development, in late July a Congressional committee acted like, well, thoughtful, rational legislators. Why? Six words: Don’t mess with the Great Lakes. Here’s the story. First came behavior we’ve come to expect from the U.S. House of Represenatives. An […]

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State leaders pledge fixes for leaky fuel tanks fund after audit finds cash diversions

Michigan’s fund for cleaning up leaking underground fuel tanks – a chronically underfunded effort is headed for an overhaul after a recent audit found that state officials diverted $216 million in designated cleanup funds to unrelated programs. The diverted money was used, […]

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*This was not the kind of national press Gov. Rick Snyder was expecting about his return from a business trip to Israel: “The move was a snub to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has championed the expansion, which states are entitled to […]

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*It is the avowed policy of the state of Michigan that: A. Drivers and passengers in motor vehicles must be belted in order to protect the public safety. B. Motorcycle riders – adult ones, anyway – do not have to wear helmets. […]

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5 reasons to be focused on health of Great Lakes every week

Two significant Great Lakes events happened in Michigan in the last two weeks. We should all be spreading the word and encouraging more of the same. A summit of the governors and premiers of the Great Lakes states and provinces convened on […]

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On a day once called ‘Decoration,’ thoughts on what’s left behind

As has been our custom for years, my wife, Kathy, and I take time over Memorial Day weekend to plant geraniums on my parents’ graves. The stones are black granite, with the inscriptions sand-blasted gray in a formal Roman type face. The […]

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Thousands of failed septic tanks threaten Michigan’s waters

Public health sanitarian Regina Young wasn’t sure what her staff would encounter when the Barry-Eaton District Health Department clamped down on failed septic systems in 2007. They quickly discovered more problems than anyone anticipated in those two largely rural counties, said Young, […]

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Michigan has nation’s weakest regulations on septic systems

In 2004, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm unveiled a water protection plan that called for a statewide code to better regulate the state’s 1.3 million septic tanks and other on-site wastewater treatment systems. Nine years later, that statewide code remains a regulatory dream […]

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*Historic observation platforms in Michigan’s Irish Hills, near Jackson, face the wrecking ball unless history buffs can raise the money to save them by Aug. 2: “Built in the 1920s, the towers were added to the National Register of Historic Places in […]

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In Michigan, we celebrate – and ignore – nature’s rhythms of change

Our family tradition every summer is a special week amongst the magnificent dunes along Lake Michigan. The first thing we do when we arrive is run down to the lakeshore to the outlet where Lower Lake Herring connects to Lake Michigan, to […]

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Guest commentary: Fish eDNA suggests Asian carp closing in on Great Lakes

By Andy Mahon/Central Michigan University It all started with a simple question. In late 2008, while sitting around after work with a group of colleagues, Lindsay Chadderton from The Nature Conservancy asked, “Do you think there’s fish DNA in water?” Pausing for […]

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*Two Michigan suburbs are ranked in the top 10 nationally for offering the best in the way of suburban life. Hint: One is in metro Grand Rapids and one is in metro Detroit. Click through to see if your guess was right. […]

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Nervously watching Michigan’s beach expansions

The joke among the people who share the Lake Huron cove on which our summer home sits is that the township may soon try to tax us on the extra land we’ve all been acquiring in recent years. This is not property […]

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Guest column: Michigan will spend for better state

By John Austin/Michigan Economic Center Over a year ago a set of citizens, leaders and organizations came together in the Michigan Economic Center to tap Michigan citizen’s ideas about how to move our economy forward. Our motivation was a belief that foundational […]

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Water expert says conservation is in Michigan’s future

The Great Lakes could reach record low water levels next year. With the state’s defining natural features dropping after a hot, dry summer, Bridge asked Alan Steinman, president of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University and a leader […]

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“Doubt grows with knowledge” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 18th century German poet. * Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, has filed a bill that would address what he termed “economic stonewalling” from government agencies confronted with Freedom of Information Act requests from the public. […]

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Green gunk visits Mich.’s ‘most beautiful place’

EMPIRE — Ron Long recently visited one of his favorite beaches at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, only to find it marred by dark green algae that clouded the water and piled up on the sand. “This is the worst I’ve ever […]

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“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone” — John F. Kennedy. * The way people speak around […]

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