Environment

Published June 28, 2016

CENTER LINE — Veggies, flowers and now even a pumpkin patch are taking root in Center Line at a community garden site that has weathered five full years as of this summer.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City officials have an important message they want to spread: Do not feed the deer.

Members of the Royal Oak City Commission decided unanimously during the June 13 meeting that the best way to handle the surge in deer population is to wage a public information campaign telling residents to abstain from feeding the animals.

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Published June 18, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Joined by state and local officials, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on June 10 unveiled the first step of a 30-year Michigan’s Water Strategy plan aimed at protecting and enhancing the state’s lakes, rivers and streams.

That priority step involves inspiring stewardship through improvement, conversation, community involvement and education.

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Published June 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Modernizing a 40-year-old law would allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to obtain more information about thousands of chemicals found in everyday products — furniture, clothing, toys — before approving whether or not they can be used. 

Congress has passed legislation that would reform federal chemical control laws. 

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Published June 15, 2016

FRASER — The water situation in Flint raised flags across the state and the country, leading other entities to question what was in their water and pipes.

Fraser Public Schools Communications Director Kristin Ledford said the district recently contracted with an independent lab to test water in all its schools and buildings.

Results showed that every location is well below the limits for lead in the water, and a majority of the results had levels so low they were undetectable.

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Published June 15, 2016

WARREN — Two high school seniors from Warren heading to college to pursue degrees in health and medicine were recently selected as the Warren Garden Club’s 2016 scholarship recipients.

Shelia Stateler, the club’s scholarship chair, said the two students — Nabilah Salwa and Mario Hanna, both 18 and from Warren — were recognized at the club’s meeting at the Warren Community Center on June 8.

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Published June 7, 2016

Troy police moved, rather than exterminated, approximately 10,000 bees on June 1 that made their home in a small tree near a strip mall on the busy northwest corner of John R Road and Big Beaver Road.

“They (the bees) were surrounding a car and the owners couldn’t get inside,” said Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

She said the car owners phoned the Troy Parks Department, which phoned Troy police.

“The officers who responded knew they were bees, (rather than another species),” Lehman said.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — In honor of National Trails Day, the Paint Creek Trailways Commission is looking for volunteers for a garlic mustard pull along the Paint Creek Trail 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

“The Paint Creek Trail is known for its natural beauty, and part of that natural beauty is keeping our native plants growing and trying to keep invasives from taking over,” said Trail Manager Kristen Myers.

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Published June 1, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —  For their efforts to protect the township’s natural areas, four dedicated residents were recently honored.

Combined, the service of Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commissioners David Mackley, Colleen Barkham, Alice Tomboulian and Joe Peruzzi totals more than 100 years, said Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Director Mindy Milos-Dale.

“It is just unheard of that you find people that will commit time, energy and intellect to a long-term vision of the community like this,” Milos-Dale said.

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Published May 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With selfies and social media synonymous with a younger generation, and trees synonymous with Shelby Township, the township’s latest community relations intern concocted a plan to unite the two.

Elena Simopoulos, 20, a Shelby Township resident and political science major at the University of Michigan, said she saw an opportunity with Instagram, a photo-sharing social media platform.

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Published May 30, 2016

Some Sterling Heights officials expressed pride in recent statistics gleaned from the city’s month-long cleanup campaign.

During a May 17 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool shared some facts and figures related to the campaign known as Pride and Shine Month, or Sterling Pride Month.

“I wanted to give the community a bit of an update because I think you’ll appreciate some of these statistics,” he said.

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Published May 25, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Officials are hoping to make it easier for Grosse Pointe Farms residents to recycle. 

“We’re subsidizing (the cost of) the new, large recycling bins,” said City Councilman Louis Theros, chair of the city’s Budget and Audit Committee. “That’s a win-win for everyone. The more we recycle, the better it is for the environment.”

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Published May 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Despite a warmer and drier winter than usual, water levels across the Great Lakes — including Lake St. Clair — have remained higher than the long-term average.

What’s more, researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect those high water levels to remain for the coming months.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Officials at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said they have plugged a leak of salt water and natural gas at an old oil and gas well.

Crews from the MDEQ discovered the leakage April 19 on Pembrooke Drive, south of 10 Mile, between Berg and Lahser roads, during a broad site evaluation for the exploratory well proposed at Word of Faith International Christian Center, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road. The old well is located about 1 1/2 miles from the church.

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Published May 18, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Paint Creek is one of the few remaining coldwater-designated trout streams in southeast Michigan, and it’s a popular spot for fly-fishing enthusiasts.

To protect, enhance and promote the natural resource, the Clinton River Watershed Council has teamed with several organizations to create the Clinton River Coldwater Conservation Project.

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Published May 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Do you remember the first gift you gave to your mother?

If it wasn’t a macaroni necklace, there’s a good chance it was a freshly picked bouquet of bright dandelions.

So at what point did we decide while growing up that those happy, yellow flowers were actually an unsightly weed? For nature lovers like Dan Badgley, manager of the E.L. Johnson Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills, dandelions are a welcome lawn guest.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It’s yellow. It’s smelly. And it’s taking over Michigan.

The city of Southfield and the Friends of the Rouge are looking for workers ready to battle garlic mustard and clean up the Rouge River May 21.

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Published May 4, 2016

FERNDALE — With the weather being a little nicer, the city of Ferndale will be sprucing up the community as part of its fifth annual “Clean the Ferndale Up.”

The event brings people from all over the city to a specific location to help clean and make that area look better for the spring and summer.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — According to officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, in addition to a brine seep — which is essentially salt water — a natural gas leak has been discovered at an old oil and gas well.

Crews from the MDEQ discovered the leakage April 19 on Pembrooke Drive, south of 10 Mile, between Berg and Lahser roads, during a broad site evaluation for the exploratory well proposed at Word of Faith International Christian Center, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road. The old well is located about 1 1/2 miles away from the church.

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