Environment

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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Published July 5, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Gone are the days of standing over garbage and recycling bins with a greasy pizza box in one hand and a milk carton in the other, guessing where they go. 

The cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills are making recycling options easier through the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County — and it starts online. The RRRASOC’s website is linked to both city’s recycling homepages.

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Published July 5, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In an effort to avoid another species-specific epidemic, such as emerald ash borer or Dutch elm disease, Grosse Pointe City’s recently formed Urban Forestry Commission has come up with a list of recommended city-street trees.

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Published July 5, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City officials are trying to protect some of their residents from an expensive label.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced plans to change flood plain designation in a way that City Manager Pete Dame said would impact “most of the properties on Lake St. Clair.” During a June 19 City Council meeting, City Engineer Stephen Pangori, with Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc., warned that the number of City homes added to the federal flood plain could jump from one right now to 25 or 26.

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Published June 28, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kermit the Frog said it’s not easy being green, but officials in Clinton Township said they are proving the opposite.

The township received a silver certification for its Civic Center environmental initiatives June 6 at the 2017 Michigan Green Communities Conference in Muskegon.

Deputy Supervisor Liz Vogel accepted the award on the township’s behalf.

Parking lot improvements at the Civic Center were completed in the summer of 2016.

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Published June 28, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Algae that turns into a mucky substance along the shoreline — which has plagued homeowners along Lake St. Clair in the past — is now wreaking havoc on the beach at Veterans Memorial Park, where maintenance crews have had to step up beach cleaning to try and keep up.

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Published June 21, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Oakland County residents will have a chance to safely dispose of the hazardous waste gathering dust in their attic, garage or basement this month.

The North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Program is hosting a collection event at Oakland University 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24 in the Foundation Hall parking lot, along Squirrel Road.

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Published June 21, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Each winter, as municipal workers make our icy roads safer, they could also be turning our famous freshwater lakes saltier.

Much saltier.

An intensive study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in April observed long-term chloride trends in 371 freshwater lakes across the continent. It was determined that there were increasing chloride trends in most of the urban and rural lakes in the Midwest and Northeast surrounded by greater than 1 percent of impervious land.

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Published June 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield city officials have announced that the city will uphold the regulations laid out by the Paris climate agreement.

At the June 12 City Council meeting, Mayor Ken Siver and Councilman Lloyd Crews presented a joint resolution to support the principles of the accord.

“I wanted to acknowledge that we had a number of people contact the city urging us to stay on the course of green infrastructure, green technologies, conservation, and so I’m certainly supportive of that,” Siver said.

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Published June 20, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel’s Blue Economy initiative has accomplished quite a bit since it was launched six years ago.

From recreational improvements to economic and environmental impacts, the initiative, launched when Hackel first took office in 2011, has been an integral factor to growth across the county.

Macomb County’s Blue Economy initiative was reviewed on June 8 during the annual State of the Lake address at MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township.

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Published June 14, 2017

FERNDALE/BERKLEY/PLEASANT RIDGE — Three cities in the Woodward Talk’s coverage area soon will be converting to mixed recycling as part of a new Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority program.

Single-family homes in Ferndale, Berkley and Pleasant Ridge, along with the other cities that are part of SOCRRA, will be receiving new 65-gallon bins to contain all their recyclables.

Huntington Woods already has been converted into a mixed-recycling city.

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Published June 14, 2017

CENTER LINE — About two dozen people gathered in two Center Line parks June 3 to plant a few dozen trees stemming from a county partnership with a tree-planting nonprofit.

“We got 42 trees planted within about two and a half hours. It was pretty fast,” Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said. “It was well-organized by our DPW superintendent. The trees were delivered the day before by ReLeaf Michigan.”

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Published June 7, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township was recently recognized for going — and staying — green long after that terminology stopped being a buzz-phrase.

If you drive to the township’s campus — starting at Township Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road — you will see just how green the community is. From a wind- and solar-powered light pole just outside Township Hall to a charging station for electric cars between the main library and Township Hall, there is a lot to explore.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A unique park plan, integrated with the Rochester Community Schools district, has transformed a section of the new Innovation Hills Park into a “learning garden.”

“This is a great learning experience,” Sarah Guy, a fourth-grade teacher at Hamlin Elementary School, said during a May 19 park dedication, when students helped create stone pathways.

“The kids are super excited,” Guy said.  “They are really excited to be the first kids at the park, and are thrilled and honored to help out.”

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Published May 17, 2017

Gina Gregory, president of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, wants you to stop and smell the flora and the fauna.

During the annual Apple Island Tours, set for 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 20-21, attendees can do just that, and learn about the 35-acre island’s history.

People can take part in the annual island tradition more than three decades old, which Gregory said is an experience to enjoy.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With Earth Day recently passed and boating season ramping up, members of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee hope that residents will take a few hours to pitch in to help clean up the lake shore.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Mackenzie Orzechowski has always loved animals. 

She said she often talks about animals and the environment with her classmates at South Lake High School.

This summer, she’ll have the chance to discuss her passion with hundreds of students just like her at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment June 25-30 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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