Addressing challenges of urban watersheds

Drain Commissioner On Clean Water Challenges, Opportunities WKAR by Great Lakes Echo

Pat Lindemann has served as the Drain Commissioner of Ingham County for 21 years. He’s a Lansing native who’s spent his entire life in the area. As Drain Commissioner, Lindemann’s responsible for the operation of Ingham County storm drains and related issues including lake levels and soil erosion. Lindemann has earned a reputation as an environmental advocate. That’s put him at odds with developers, entrepreneurs and municipal officials eagerly pursuing business development.

Mr. Great Lakes: Saginaw Bay reefs, a wetland-surveying helicopter and the solar industry

Mr. Great Lakes (Jeff Kart) reports from Bay City, Michigan’s Delta College Q-90.1 FM. Love Feb 14 2014 – Mr Great Lakes (Jeff Kart) – Delta College Q-90.1 FM by jeffkart

This week, Kart discusses the restoration of two historic rock reefs in the Saginaw Bay, an expansion in the Midwest’s solar energy industry and a small helicopter to help survey wetlands. Text at Mr. Great Lakes

Photo: prettyemmy (Flickr)

Feds could revoke Michigan’s wetland authority

Michigan is one of only two states that have the authority to regulate wetlands.

Recently the Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing to determine if Michigan’s environmental standards for wetland management meet federal benchmarks.

Work under way on Muskegon Lake shoreline restoration

(MI) Muskegon Chronicle – One of the largest federal “stimulus” grants for the Muskegon area is being targeted at its greatest asset — the waterfront.  
Design and engineering is well under way and construction could begin by the end of the year on a $10 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to restore the shoreline habitat along the southern Muskegon Lake shoreline. “With the $10 million, we will see an investment in Muskegon County’s strongest economic development asset … the lake,” said Sandeep Dey, executive director of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. “This project is progressing much faster than we had anticipated.”  More