Environment

Published March 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco was recently honored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for his 10-year commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Marrocco sponsors and volunteers with the cleanup of 2 miles of Hall Road through the program.

“We have to start somewhere,” Marrocco said. “Why not start in our own county, get the trash cleaned up, then we can focus on prevention and make an even bigger impact in keeping Macomb beautiful.”

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Published March 28, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Department of Public Works is working with environmental consulting organization ASTI Environmental to track and find the cause of sustained methane levels in the DPW yard, but DPW Director Loyd Cureton said there is no cause for concern for residents.

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Published March 23, 2016

As Sterling Heights’ city beautification initiatives blossom this spring, the city is also planning to sell discounted trees in order to encourage more greenery.

For a number of years, the city has held a spring Pride and SHINE — Sterling Heights Initiative for Neighborhood Excellence — Day in May.

This day has been dedicated to beautifying neighborhoods and tidying up the yards of residents in need — especially after several months of winter have taken their toll.

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Published March 23, 2016

A divided Troy City Council approved guidelines for oil and gas extraction that are stricter than state guidelines.

After a public hearing on the ordinance March 14, during which two people spoke, the council voted 5-2 to approve the ordinance.

Troy City Planning Director R. Brent Savidant told the council that the intent of the ordinance is to protect property values and single-family homes.

At a joint special meeting Sept. 14, 2015, the Planning Commission and City Council listened to differing viewpoints.

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Published March 16, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city of St. Clair Shores received the results of a voluntary lead and copper test of its water, and they were even better than the 2014 results, which were still under action guidelines.

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Published March 16, 2016

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/ROCHESTER — As spring weather approaches, residents may be interested in checking out a new network of nearly finished trails located between Chief Gene Shepherd Park and Yates Cider Mill.

Last March, the Shelby Township Beautification Committee received permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to create two trails through its conservation easement — a park-to-cider-mill connection and a loop behind Yates.

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Published March 14, 2016

The effort to control invasive sea lampreys in the Great Lakes and their waterways has a new arrow in the quiver following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a new biopesticide.

The pesticide is a synthesized version of the lamprey’s mating pheromone, which can be used to attract male and female lampreys into traps or unsuitable breeding grounds, according to Great Lakes Fisheries Commission Communications Director Marc Gaden. In nature, larval lampreys emit the pheromone to let adults know that they are in a suitable breeding ground.

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Published March 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, anticipated a dry, warm winter in the Great Lakes states due to the strong El Niño that has taken place this year, it has ended up being much wetter than expected.

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Published March 10, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY —  The Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has been awarded a grant to combat invasive species, including phragmites, swallow-wort and knotweed. 

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Published March 9, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Scotia Park, which the Huntington Woods Parks and Recreation Department considers the central park of the city, will be getting an overhaul, and the first step in the process is complete after the City Commission approved a project manager Feb. 23.

The commission approved a professional service agreement with former Huntington Woods resident Jeff Klein, now of Detroit, to oversee the Scotia Park project at a cost of $18,500, which had been included in the city’s budget under capital improvement plans.

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Published March 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 1, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees renewed a five-year resolution to allow private landowners to apply for permits for Michigan Department of Natural Resources programs to destroy Canada goose nests and/or relocate birds.

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Published March 7, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Restoring and maintaining 2 miles of the Clinton River spillway is the goal of a $2.5 million grant recently awarded to the Clinton River Spillway Inter-County Drainage Board for restoration projects in Mount Clemens, Harrison Township and Clinton Township.

The grant was awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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Published February 16, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/LIVONIA — Are you a herpetologist at heart? 

Then put your love of protecting amphibians to good use through the 19th annual Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey.

The Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey is a volunteer listening survey that requires volunteers to distinguish the breeding calls of seven types of frogs and one toad type found in the watershed, according to a press release. 

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Published February 10, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After Vintage Tech Recycling, Shelby Township’s electronics recycling vendor, shuttered its services in Michigan last month, township officials scrambled to subsidize the program for the Jan. 30 event.

On Feb. 3, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a one-year contract with GreenTech Recyclers. The Oak Park-based business was the only company that submitted a bid.

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Published February 3, 2016

2015 was a record-breaking year for global temperatures, as data measured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA found it to be the warmest year on record.

In the continental U.S., 2015 was the second-warmest year on record, according to Thomas Karl, director for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Only 2012 has been warmer.

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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — State and federal politicians recently shared their concerns for the health of the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair during the annual Waterfront Environmental Committee meeting.

“My mother used to swim in the Rouge River,” said U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Roseville, speaking at the Jan. 21 meeting.

Levin said that’s why he is behind the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, because it is important for everyone to get involved. St. Clair Shores, he said, is very active in working to clean up the water.

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Published January 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House has long prided itself on maintaining its lovely landscaped grounds, and now it has a new reason to be proud of them.

In December, the Michigan Green Industry Association gave the Ford House its 2015 Chairman’s Award in recognition of the historic estate’s environmental efforts and beautiful landscape. It’s an award that has previously been given to the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Domino Farms.

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Published January 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The holidays are over, and many of us have already broken in those fancy new devices Santa generously slipped into our stocking.

But what about your old gadget? The laptop, tablet or smartphone you were using had a lot of information stashed inside, and it takes more than a click or a swipe to protect that data from prying eyes once you’ve ditched the device.

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Published January 13, 2016

Despite a landmark climate agreement signed by representatives of 195 countries on Dec. 12 to try to limit the global warming temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, scientists still expect this century to get warmer over the coming decades due to the greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere.

This warming trend is expected to impact people living in every corner of the globe, including Michigan. According to University of Michigan Climate Center Director Elizabeth Gibbons, the biggest changes expected in the Great Lakes region are related to precipitation.

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Published January 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a municipal contract with Simple Recycling, a company that provides curbside recycling for clothing, shoes and home goods.

The program comes with zero costs or operational responsibilities for the township or its residents, Simple Recycling representative Scott Brady said at the meeting.

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