Environment

Published April 7, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Spring has arrived, which means now is prime time for tornadoes. 

In Michigan, most tornadoes occur April-July between 3 and 7 p.m., according to the state of Michigan’s website. While the average tornado is only grounded for less than 10 minutes and travels about 5 miles, the damage a tornado creates can be devastating. 

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Published April 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The weather might not be conducive to planting just yet, but the volunteers behind the Backyard Community Garden project are looking forward to the start of the planting season.

Mary Martin, planner for the Backyard Community Garden — located in the area of Mack Avenue and Wayburn Street — announced the nonprofit’s plans for improvements on the parcel this spring during a March 14 City Council meeting. 

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Published April 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Because of Mother Nature’s unpredictability, the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission has restructured this year’s Earth Day celebration to move most activities indoors.  

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Published April 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Plastic grocery bags are everywhere. 

Whether they’re found in grocery stores, under your kitchen sink or along the road, it’s no secret that plastic bags are making the rounds.

Unless plastic bags are recycled, reused or repurposed, they can damage the ecosystem, according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission naturalist Lauren Azoury. 

“When these (bags) end up in our waterways, in the long run, they can end up in the ocean,” Azoury said. 

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Published April 6, 2016

CLAWSON — The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Arbor Day Art Project, a contest open to children in the community.

Kathy Leenhouts, Clawson director of recreation and senior services, said children who live in or attend school in Clawson are invited to design, either by illustration or written word, a project that expresses the value of trees in the world. 

Leenhouts said this is the first time the city has decided to hold an Arbor Day art contest.

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Published April 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township is hoping to see approximately 800 orange-vest-clad volunteers spread out along local roads and collecting garbage during the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 30.

The township is specifically seeking local groups to adopt mile-long portions of township thoroughfares. Several long-standing groups recently gave up their annual commitments, many due to aging members.

Shelby Township has hosted the event for nearly three decades.

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Published April 5, 2016

Ever wonder what happens to the plastic milk jugs, tissue boxes and Troy Times newspapers that get picked up at your curb? 

Visit the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority facility in Troy for Celebrate Earth Day April 17 to find out.

SOCRRA is a municipal corporation that oversees trash and recycling collection for 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 March 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program recently awarded a two-year, approximately $254,000 grant to the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.

Shelby Township is among roughly 25 local, county, state and federal governmental agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, in the CISMA working to control invasive plant species to protect wetlands, woodlands, uplands and the St. Clair River delta.

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Published March 29, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Area residents have a number of upcoming opportunities to rid their homes of household hazardous waste.

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Published March 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Warm weather has hit the area earlier than usual following a mild winter, prompting city workers to set aside the salt and snowplows to begin spring cleaning.

Roseville Department of Public Services Director Thomas Aiuto said crews have been out every day to patch potholes as they pop up — something they have been able to do a lot due to the mild winter — and have been able to get started on tree trimming.

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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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