Ontario’s origins lead to land use disputes

Southern Ontario’s population is growing rapidly, pitting suppliers of sand, rock and gravel against citizens’ concerned about the impact urban sprawl and aggregate extraction have on the environment.

Federal plan might let states kill unwanted cormorants

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has logged more than 1,000 public comments on a proposed rule that would give state agencies more choices in controlling cormorants that some anglers complain eat too many fish in the Great Lakes and inland waters. New options
would include lethal means.

New grants promote Michigan beers, ciders, wines and spirits

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council handed out more than $400,000 for research projects to benefit the state’s wine, beer, cider and distilling industry. Projects include the effects of climate change on crops, pest and disease management, and development of new varieties of hops, barley, fruits and
rye for use in brewing.