Environment

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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Published May 4, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Sheiko Elementary fifth-grade students and township staff were schooled in environmental stewardship during the township’s Earth Day celebration April 22. 

In conjunction with the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission, the township’s Development Services Department put together a day of environmental activities that taught the students about how they can protect Mother Earth.

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Published May 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Officials in the Grosse Pointe Public School System are still working to ensure that the drinking water in the district’s buildings is within the allowable levels for lead and copper, per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Water testing March 29-31 by Testing Engineers & Consultants Inc., or TEC, determined problem areas at six schools: the Barnes Early Childhood Center; Brownell and Pierce middle schools; and Defer, Kerby and Maire elementary schools. 

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 30, 2016

CENTER LINE — Springtime is the perfect time to get rid of unwanted junk and load up on perennial plants.

Center Line residents can do both on May 14 during the city’s 11th annual City-Wide Clean-Up Day.

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Published April 27, 2016

Lead was found in the water at five buildings in the Farmington Public Schools district.

In an April 26 districtwide email, FPS Superintendent George Heitsch said the school district received the initial findings from its voluntary water sampling and analysis for lead and copper that was conducted by Arch Environmental Group April 16.

“As you may know, after the Flint water crisis, the district wanted to be proactive in testing our water as a precautionary measure,” Heitsch said in the email.

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Published April 27, 2016

WALLED LAKE/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nine Walled Lake and three West Bloomfield schools have received their Michigan Green School designation for 2016. 

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Published April 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Macomb County determined that six Roseville schools and four East Detroit schools have earned at least a “green” designation in the county’s annual Green Schools program.

Kaiser Elementary and its Green Team won “evergreen” status for the third year in a row, the highest designation available. Other evergreen-winning schools include Fountain Elementary, Huron Park Elementary and Steenland Elementary, all in Roseville Community Schools.

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Published April 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In a 5-2 vote April 19, the Board of Trustees approved the final installation of wetland monitoring required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at Gene Shepherd Park for a cost not to exceed $7,000.

The MDEQ mandated that the township perform wetland monitoring and control invasive species in the park’s wetland restoration area for a minimum of three years as part of a consent judgment.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Woodstock could take a few notes.

During the World Laughter Day Community Celebration and Pot Luck Lunch, the city will laugh to support Flint via Flintstock  — a fundraiser for the children of Flint dealing with the water crisis.

“We’re bringing the music, bringing some information, and letting everybody know this could be your water too,” Mike Pritchard, Flintstock creator and director, said. “The problem is that our cities are falling apart.”

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Published April 20, 2016

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Earth Day is Friday, April 22, this year, and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to celebrate, according to Earth Day Network, an organization founded by organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970.

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Published April 20, 2016

Did you know that habitats for monarch butterflies — those orange-and-black-winged beauties — are growing scarcer?

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 75160, based in Troy, plan to complete an interactive monarch waystation on the southwest side of the interpretive building at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center by the end of May.

“Monarchs are struggling,” said Carla Reeb, director of the Troy Nature Society, which funds and operates the 100-acre nature center.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee will host the township’s 18th annual hazardous household waste collection event at the municipal building.

New this year will be the acceptance of latex paint, which organizers say residents have been requesting for years.

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Folk music performance
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