Environment

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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Published July 1, 2016

After five years and millions of dollars spent, a Wisconsin community’s request to divert water from Lake Michigan has been approved by the Great Lakes Compact Council.

This was the first application under the Great Lakes Compact, adopted in 2008, to request a diversion of water from a Great Lake. The compact, said Marc Smith, policy director of the National Wildlife Federation at the Great Lakes Office in Ann Arbor, promotes wise management of the water in the basin and puts a ban on diversions with limited exceptions.

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Published June 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Earlier this year, the City Council unanimously consented to award Rizzo Environmental Services an eight-year contract for solid waste pickup, and part of the contract includes free recycling bins for all residents.

Council chose RES as the city’s waste hauler at its Feb. 29 meeting for a total cost of $18,113,158 for eight years. Council President Myron Frasier was not at the meeting.

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Published June 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County’s annual Celebrate the Lake weekend kicked off on June 9 with a State of the Lake press conference at MacRay Harbor held by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, as well as officials from the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the Michigan Boating Industries Association and the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative.

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Published June 28, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods City Commission at its June 21 meeting agreed in concept to SOCRRA switching to single-stream recycling.

SOCRRA, or the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, is composed of 12 communities that work together to share the cost of recycling and deal with it as one large entity. Those communities are Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Troy.

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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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