Tag Archives: Environment

U.S. House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more … Continue reading

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Awash in Microplastics: Great Lakes Studies Raise Questions

By Howard Meyerson When the schooner Inland Seas slips her berth at Suttons Bay on June 24, her captain, crew and passengers will share in a voyage of discovery—a two-hour educational journey under sail to learn about microplastics, an emerging … Continue reading

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Protecting wildlife in Detroit’s urban core

By Howard Meyerson Toiling daily in the urban industrial zone adjacent to the Detroit River, John Hartig’s work is never finished. There are wetlands to restore and invasive plants to control, remnant pollution issues to resolve, and fish and bird … Continue reading

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Conservation reserve: competitive signup for smaller program

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich ­- U.S. farmers have been advised that the 2016 Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up that ended February 26 will be extremely competitive this time around. Congress capped the program at 24 million acres when … Continue reading

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Citizen Foresters Green Grand Rapids By Planting Trees

By Howard Meyerson People often think forests grow somewhere other than in cities, but licensed forester Margaret Studer says it’s not so. Urban forests are found all around Grand Rapids – in parks, residential neighborhoods and even cemeteries. That’s why … Continue reading

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Oil and Birds Don’t Mix: Potential Risks at the Straits of Mackinac

By Howard Meyerson Darrell Lawson loves birding at the Straits of Mackinac. There are miles of open water and the Michigan lakeshore is gorgeous. Thousands of birds fly along Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula shorelines and funnel through the Straits … Continue reading

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Federal funds slated for Negwegon State Park to protect its wetlands

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – A $900,000 federal grant to acquire private property within Negwegon State Park on Lake Huron is going to help protect coastal wetlands and endangered species, according to federal officials. The National Coastal Wetlands … Continue reading

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Signs of trouble at MDEQ, years before Flint lead crisis

I am old enough to remember when Michigan had an Attorney General who was aggressive about bringing polluters to justice – and who won big cases. It was an era when DNR budgets for environmental enforcement were flush, a period … Continue reading

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Bird Town: Detroit Bird Conservation Efforts on the Rise

By Howard Meyerson Call Detroit Michigan what you will: Motor City, Hockey Town, Tiger Town or Motown. Increasingly, it is becoming a Bird Town. Greening efforts all across its urban landscape, from tree plantings in parks and overgrown lots to … Continue reading

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Use of mating pheromone approved in lamprey fight

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich – A sea lamprey mating pheromone used experimentally to manipulate lamprey behavior got a green light last month from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It can now be used as a wide-spread management tool … Continue reading

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