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Great Lakes restoration picks up another $12 million in grants

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A public-private partnership focused on Great Lakes habitat restoration recently announced $12 million in grants to 31 projects, including 10 in Michigan. The recipients will add another $11 million to this year’s Sustain Our Great Lakes funding, according to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is funded and operated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ArcelorMittal, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Support for the program also comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which supplements the program’s goal to improve the ecological health of natural areas in the region. The program targets 1,700 acres of wetland and 300 miles of stream for habitat restoration and the improvement of fish passage, according to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Continue Reading →

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Detroit Public Television covers Great Lakes Restoration Conference

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Organizations focused on maintaining the Great Lakes meet this week in Grand Rapids to discuss environmental issues. This year’s Great Lakes Restoration Conference, hosted by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, marks a decade of work. Attendees will diagnose possible future threats. Detroit Public Television is covering the conference the live on its Great Lakes Now program. Viewers can watch online speakers and panel discussions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) today and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EST) Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Great Lakes month in review: What’s next in algae fight?

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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we’re focusing on the Toledo water crisis, which was in the news for several weeks this month, and could be again. This segment is produced by Current State as part of a partnership with Great Lakes Echo. Continue Reading →

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Flash point: The lighthouse Lake Superior nearly swallowed

Crisp Point lighthouse on Lake Superior. Image: David Marvin

We asked Great Lakes photographers to send us some of their favorite or toughest Great Lakes shots and a bit of a story behind the picture. This image and explanation are by David Marvin. Most people have never heard of the Crisp Point Lighthouse, much less ever visited it. It stands on the Lake Superior shore fourteen miles west of Whitefish Point, connected to the rest of the world by only a winding seasonal gravel road. Originally, Crisp Point housed only a lifesaving station, starting in 1876. Continue Reading →

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How do mosquitoes target a meal?

Mmmm, blood is tasty. Poison jackets are not. Photo: Aesum (flickr)

As summer winds down and people try to make the most out of the beautiful Michigan environment, many may be fighting off nature’s age-old enemy: the mosquito. But what makes mosquitoes more attracted to some people than others? Many myths have circulated about the cause of this rather annoying phenomenon, but scientific research is also out there about what factors make mosquitoes swarm to certain people (Hint: It has to do with a lot more than blood). Ned Walker, is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the Department of Entomology at MSU. He joins us to discuss the dining preferences of mosquitoes. Continue Reading →

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New NWF chief to focus on education, outreach, engagement

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The National Wildlife Federation has a new president and CEO. Collin O’Mara was recently in Michigan for an environmental tour of the Detroit Area, and stopped by Current State. For a CEO, he’s fairly young at 30 years old. Current State’s Melissa Benmark asked him what environmental values he brings to this position that might be different than someone in their fifties or sixties. O’Mara says he’s going to try engaging more citizens with nature in a personal way in order to overcome urgent conservation challenges. Continue Reading →

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Fireflies in southern Michigan

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Photographer Ken Scott captured these fireflies streaking through the night sky near Willis, Mich., with a series of photos taken over 40 minutes. The technique of merging multiple short exposures into one eliminates the possibility of overexposing the ambient light such as that coming from a nearby city, said Scott, a Suttons Bay professional photographer. It also captured one of the beetles trundling across the ground and flashing its light.  Scott said it wasn’t until he posted the image that he noted the insect’s ground trek from the lower right corner of the frame. “Yeah, that bugger was a bonus!” he said. Continue Reading →

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