Environment

Published November 22, 2016

ROCHESTER — After a five-week crowdfunding campaign, Rochester College’s Lake Norcentra Park project has raised a total of $51,201, earning a matching grant through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

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Published November 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The city will take a few more steps this fall toward making its parks as green and sustainable as possible.

How many steps? About 16 of them.

Thanks to a grant from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the Keep America Beautiful park recycling bin program, the city has added 16 new recycling bins to parks around Birmingham, including the Kenning Park sports complex, Pembroke Park, St. James Park, Barnum Park and Poppleton Park. Eight of the bins were funded by the grant, and the other eight were funded by the city at a cost of $3,103.

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Published November 2, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —  A historic landscape plan for the Cranberry Lake Park Historic District envisions a 1940s farm restoration along with active participation items, including a community garden, room for classes and more.

“We are trying to bring it back to that time period,” historic landscape architect Brian Devlin said during an Oct. 25 presentation before the Oakland Township Board of Trustees, “but still provide uses that would interest residents and give them an opportunity to come out and enjoy the property.”

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Published November 1, 2016

FERNDALE — A tree inventory and urban canopy assessment were presented to the City Council at its regular meeting Oct. 24.

The studies were approved by council last December. The tree inventory study was broken down into four parts that will be studied over the course of four years, with the first part  now complete. That part looked at the city’s northeastern quadrant between 10 Mile Road, Woodward Avenue, Nine Mile Road and Interstate 75.

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Published October 19, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — A new financing tool to fund environmentally friendly upgrades to reduce energy costs could soon be available for Oakland County businesses to take advantage of.

Through a resolution which is supposed to be finalized and approved Oct. 26, the county will become a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program district through Lean and Green Michigan.

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Published October 10, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  West Bloomfield is getting in the recycling spirit. 

The Development Services Department will host a recycling celebration noon-6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Town Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road. The community is invited to join in the event, which includes a complimentary lunch-and-learn segment, when people will hear from environmental experts, see a recycling demonstration by Rizzo Environmental Services and watch craft presentations with recycled objects. 

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Published October 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously gave Tri-County Aquatics Inc. authority to clear areas of Shelby Township choked with Phragmites australis, an invasive species known as the common reed, in 2016 and 2017.

The treatments include spraying herbicide on and cutting down the invasive plants, which are known to spread quickly. The tall, dense stands suffocate environments and deplete water, decreasing native populations of fish, frogs, ducks, cattails and other wildlife.

The effort is part of a larger, regional initiative.

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Published September 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently announced that August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record keeping.

The findings were revealed after a group of scientists from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies analyzed monthly global temperatures.

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Published September 21, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — You know the old saying: One person’s trash isn’t always meant to be trash.

Well, that’s not exactly how the adage goes, but it’s still true. There’s a myriad of things we keep around our homes each day that most of us mindlessly pitch into the garbage when the time comes to dispose of them. But so many items could pose a serious threat to our communities if we shove them into landfills and let them seep into the environment.

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Published September 20, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — What goes in your lawn could flow out into the Rouge River — and it’s not always a pretty sight, Friends of the Rouge officials say.

From pesticides to overwatering, making your lawn lush and green doesn’t have to be detrimental to the Rouge River, and an upcoming lawn care workshop intends to educate residents on how to care for lawns while caring for the river too.

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Published September 13, 2016

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — You know all of those random bug spray canisters, paint cans and aspirin bottles taking up precious space in your house, shed or garage? Well, now is the time you can get rid of them safely and efficiently.

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Published September 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Old paint cans cluttering your garage?

The township’s household hazardous waste event is the perfect time to properly dispose of those cans and other hazardous waste items. The fall event will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Town Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road. Volunteers will be present to assist residents with their drop-offs.

Marshall Labadie, development services director, said that the township has provided this service for about 16 years, and each year the event gets bigger and bigger.

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Published September 7, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s that time of year when residents who are passionate about clean water gear up to protect the local water resources.

The Clinton River Watershed Council is looking for volunteers and site coordinators to particulate in the annual Clinton Clean-Up, which will take place Sept. 24. 

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Published September 6, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Water samples taken from residents’ homes Aug. 1 and 2 showed no signs of requiring action for lead or copper, as the results were three times below the minimal level.

According to Scott Adkins, Roseville city manager, the city is required to do regular water testing through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Published August 31, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan State University Extension will offer its online Introduction to Lakes course for anyone interested in learning about Michigan’s inland lake ecology. 

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Published August 23, 2016

ROCHESTER — A four-year study of waterways in the Great Lakes basin found that a trio of Michigan rivers, including the Clinton River, are contaminated with a significant amount of organic waste.

Scientists found that the Clinton and Rouge rivers, as well as the St. Joseph River, all have a number of pollutants from car exhaust, gasoline, smokestacks, herbicides, detergents, nonprescription drugs and more, according to a study released this spring by the United States Geological Survey.

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Published August 4, 2016

SYLVAN LAKE — Canada geese are commonly enjoyed by birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts, but their waste can pose problems to the environment and to individual health.

According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, one goose produces an average of 1 pound of droppings per day, and these droppings can contain various types of pathogens — parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungi. 

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Published July 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Judge Michael Warren, of the Oakland County Circuit Court, issued an opinion July 11 dismissing the city’s case opposing oil and gas drilling within the city.

The subject of oil and gas drilling in the city has been a hot topic this year. In March, Warren dismissed a lawsuit filed by the city of Southfield against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approving a permit application for Jordan Development Co. to drill an exploratory well at Word of Faith International Church, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road.

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Published July 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — BPA, pesticides, phthalates and more. 

Do you know if these are lurking in your house?

The Lake House, a gathering place for people touched by cancer, 26701 Little Mack Ave., will help answer that question with its latest speaker, Erica Bretz, a naturopathic practitioner, who will speak about environmental toxins from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26. 

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Published July 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Aside from a roadside fire, local police and fire officials said, the Independence Day holiday in Southfield was a relatively quiet one as far as crime.

On July 1, acting Fire Chief Edward Cary issued a bulletin via the city’s website instituting a full restriction on recreational fires within city limits, citing extremely dry conditions.

“Our entire area has had very little rain during the month of June. Together with the warm weather, this adds to some extremely dry conditions,” Cary said in the bulletin.

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