Environment

Published September 1, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Clinton River Watershed Council will offer two free “What’s in Your Backyard?” programs this month centered around identifying invasive species and protecting water quality and native vegetation.

The first presentation will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Washington Township Hall. The second presentation will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Shelby Township Senior Center. Registration is required.

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Published August 31, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 29, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Since it was formed in January, Grosse Pointe City’s first-ever Urban Forestry Commission has grown quickly and has established some solid roots.

In June, the City Council approved a list of recommended and approved tree species — a list compiled by the commission with input from City Forester Brian Colter, who’s also the forester for Grosse Pointe Park. And now, the commission has prepared an urban forestry master plan, which was adopted by a unanimous vote of the City Council Aug. 21.

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Published August 28, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 25, 2017

ORCHARD LAKE — After 26 years, the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary remains one of the city’s gems. With 50 acres of rolling hills surrounded by two lakes, it’s a popular spot for residents and visitors.

Former Mayor Leo Larkin headed up the project of creating the sanctuary during his tenure in 1991. Since then, the sanctuary has grown to be a favorite local destination.

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Published August 21, 2017

UTICA — In 2015, Sterling Heights and Utica partnered to take advantage of a $4.5 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant geared at cleaning up 9 miles of the Clinton River — 2 in Utica and 7 in Sterling Heights.

The grant — part of the Clinton River Corridor Habitat and Restoration Project — aims to foster and protect aquatic life in the river and stabilize its banks.

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Published August 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — Two new pocket parks have recently popped up adjacent to the West Parking Platform, along Walnut Boulevard in downtown Rochester.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Board Chair Mark Albrecht said the green spaces were created by the DDA in response to feedback from last year’s community visioning session.

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Published August 14, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Great Lakes Water Authority is looking to reroute an 8-foot water main that runs through the site of the former G & H Landfill, near 23 Mile and Ryan roads.

Cheryl Porter, the GLWA’s chief operating officer, said the main in question feeds 11 wholesale customers, or communities.

Porter said the GLWA recently completed a 20-year water master plan in which it assessed the system management and identified projects to improve redundancy, reliability and accessibility for operational maintenance.

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Published August 9, 2017

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — City officials from Royal Oak and Clawson say all residents will receive their new South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority 65-gallon recycling carts by mid- to late August.

More than half of Royal Oak residents had received delivery of the carts to their homes as of last week, with the remainder scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks.

Royal Oak Director of Public Services and Recreation Greg Rassel said the city is a little ahead of schedule.

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Published August 9, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Eight city-purchased properties with a combined total of 126 acres are currently under the care of the city’s Green Space Advisory Board.

“Each of these properties has its own unique features that lend itself to natural beauty,” said GSAB Vice Chairperson Darlene Janulis. “We have pine groves, forested floodplains, wetlands, open water ponds, river frontage and habitats for animals.”

The board gave a presentation on its activities and goals at a Rochester Hills City Council meeting July 17.

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Published August 8, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE —  The Michigan Environmental Council recently hosted a town hall meeting on water quality.

Residents in and around Lathrup Village were invited to discuss the safety and quality of their drinking water at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the community room of Lathrup Village City Hall.

The MEC is a nonprofit organization created in 1980 and dedicated to promoting public policies that ensure Michigan families can have clear water, clean beaches, and healthy environments and communities, according to its website.

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Published August 8, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Macomb County project to check the health of drains that haven’t been inspected since they were installed in the late 1950s got underway with the help of local and county officials Aug. 7.

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Published August 2, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More than $8.8 million worth of federally funded water projects are currently taking place across Macomb County. One of them — the Gloede Drain, located behind Nordstrom at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township — is nearing completion.

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Published August 1, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — A Macomb County Health official confirmed today that the West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this summer in two separate samplings of mosquitoes gathered in the county.

Health Department Director William Ridella said there have been no confirmed cases of a human contracting the virus in Michigan this year.

Ridella issued a list of precautions for the public to follow to protect themselves and their family from West Nile:

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Published July 19, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Efforts to rid township rights of way of phragmites continue. 

Phragmites, tall perennial grasses, choke out native plants, obscure scenic views, become a fire hazard and are difficult to eliminate.

“It just makes sense to stay on top of it,” Oakland Township Natural Areas Stewardship Manager Ben VanderWeide said. Last year, township officials spent approximately $10,000 on the effort.

“This year, it would be $6,000,” he said. “If we continue, the number would go down each year.”

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Published July 19, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — You don’t have to live right on the lakes to be encouraged to help keep them thriving.

That is a message that an annual 2017 Investigating Lake Ecology Workshop will cover 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 22 at the Independence Oaks County Park Wint Nature Center, 9501 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston.

Whether you mow the grass or jet ski on lakes, the workshop will explain how to keep the lakes safe and sound.

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Published July 12, 2017

Waste Management will be several months early in relinquishing its handling of Sterling Heights’ voluntary curbside recycling program, according to city officials.

During a June 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool announced that Waste Management — the city’s former waste hauler — has decided to end its facilitation of the program at the end of July.

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Published July 12, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — City staff will soon begin redesigning how local roads are built in Madison Heights so that healthy trees are preserved except for in the most extreme cases.

This is the result of a new budget item that was approved by the Madison Heights City Council, prompted in part by the severe loss of tree canopy on Moulin Avenue, west of Simonds Elementary. Mayor Brian Hartwell said in an email that the City Council has “put city engineers on notice that trees should not be an expendable casualty to building roads.”

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Published July 5, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — A local organization is crossing religious barriers in the name of saving the planet.

Michigan Interfaith Power and Light is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to inspire and equip people of faith to take care of the planet, according to its website.

MIIPL is part of a nationwide organization comprising 40 state affiliates and 18,000 faith communities across the country. The organization helps places of worship implement green practices and connects them with resources on how to make their buildings more eco-friendly.

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Published July 5, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Recent coyote sightings have been reported to Roseville city officials, and the city has a message for residents: Do not feed the animals.

“There is a large misconception that coyotes are vicious animals; by nature, they are more fearful of humans than you can imagine. They aren’t drawn to people unless people try to socialize them through feeding them, and that’s what we’re trying to discourage,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

The city posted information for residents on its Facebook page June 21.

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