Catch of the Day
Two and a half years later, oil spill clean-up continues on Kalamazoo River
It’s been two and a half years since an oil pipeline owned by the Canadian company Enbridge ruptured near Marshall, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of heavy crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. The incident has been one of the costliest oil spills in U.S. history and the clean-up is still ongoing.
Steve Hamilton, an MSU scientist who has been monitoring the clean-up, updates Great Lakes Echo and Current State on the situation.
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This year record low water levels have spurred the Michigan government to spend over $20 million on dredging. Many hope dredging will enable recreational and commercial boating to continue, preventing revenue loss.
However, the plan could still cost Michiganders. Dredging can stir up contaminated sediments, causing environmental and health issues. Michael Alexander works for the Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division. He’s explains that the DEQ is working to find a balance between environmental disruptions and economic concerns.
Related story elsewhere on Echo.
Pennsylvania has the largest amounts of penalties for facilities violating air quality standards in 2012 among the Great Lakes states, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Michigan has the smallest.
The figures come from an EPA map that reports state compliance with regulations. The map’s dashboard allows users to choose different measures and different years.
Here are the amounts of penalties incurred by major facilities with air quality violations for each state along with the number of major facilities for each state:
Pennsylvania: $3,646,379; to 591 major facilities.
Ohio: $2,355,680; to 575 major facilities.
Spiny water fleas are invasive in all Great Lakes and can withstand great environmental stress. The flea population grows quickly and is difficult to control, partly because their barb-like spines make them resistant to predators. Researchers think that Great Lakes fishing equipment can spread the fleas between different lakes and streams, and stricter cleaning regulations may help.
The Michigan Sea Grant is producing videos to teach students and anglers about salmon in the Great Lakes.
The idea began as a way to keep up with the growing popularity of Michigan’s Salmon in the Classroom program, which allows students to raise salmon in their schools and eventually release them in a local watershed.
The program is a great opportunity for young people to learn about the life cycles of fish, said Dan O’Keefe, the southwest district educator for Michigan Sea Grant.
“It’s amazing what these classrooms have accomplished,” O’Keefe said. “But …
The National Park Service and MichiganTrailMaps.com have produced new trail maps of a pair of Lake Michigan islands near Traverse City, Mich.
North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, have been added to MichiganTrailMaps.com’s Classic Trails of Michigan map series. Each map illustrates trail grades, primitive roads, maintained trails and unmarked modern and historic pathways. They also mark historic sites, ruins, natural features, elevation changes and hiking amenities found throughout the islands.
Each map costs $4.95, and are available at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor …
Lake Superior Magazine has opened voting for it’s annual Best of the Lake survey.
Categories for the finest that Lake Superior has to offer include best swimming beach, strolling beach, public lake view spot, place for a day outside, local brew, on the water experience.
Nominations are sought for all four shores – Michigan, Wisconsin, Ontario, Minnesota.
Earlier Great Lakes Echo ran a story from Environmental Health News on the decreasing percentage of children with lead poisoning in Detroit. However, children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceed the national average, and funding for lead cleanup from the Center for Disease Control is dwindling.
Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning in Detroit and the motor city’s environmental future.
Lead poisoning in Detroit by Great Lakes Echo
The U.S population is expected to increase by 90 million in the next 30 years. According to the book ”Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong,Sustainable,” now is the time for the Untied State’s to plan for that growth.
The books author, Chuck Leveall, is a conservationist, co-founder of the Mother Nature Network, tree farm owner and rock-n- roll star. He’s toured with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison and many others. Leavell discusses his thoughts on growth models, conservation and music.
Rock keyboard legend Chuck Leavell talks sustainability and growth models by Great Lakes Echo
Three Great Lakes locales are listed by Business Insider as among the 10 best small towns in America.
Traverse City, Mich., Door County, Wis. and Galena, Ill. are among those recognized March 31 for unique atmospheres, charming shops and restaurants and scenic beauty.
“In a time when “authentic” is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected—and surprisingly sophisticated—array of independent and locally-minded cultural, outdoor, and culinary offerings,” reports Business Insider, a business and technology news website.
Traverse City, on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, was …