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Environment

Published April 27, 2016

WALLED LAKE/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nine Walled Lake and three West Bloomfield schools have received their Michigan Green School designation for 2016. 

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Published April 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Macomb County determined that six Roseville schools and four East Detroit schools have earned at least a “green” designation in the county’s annual Green Schools program.

Kaiser Elementary and its Green Team won “evergreen” status for the third year in a row, the highest designation available. Other evergreen-winning schools include Fountain Elementary, Huron Park Elementary and Steenland Elementary, all in Roseville Community Schools.

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Published April 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In a 5-2 vote April 19, the Board of Trustees approved the final installation of wetland monitoring required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at Gene Shepherd Park for a cost not to exceed $7,000.

The MDEQ mandated that the township perform wetland monitoring and control invasive species in the park’s wetland restoration area for a minimum of three years as part of a consent judgment.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Woodstock could take a few notes.

During the World Laughter Day Community Celebration and Pot Luck Lunch, the city will laugh to support Flint via Flintstock  — a fundraiser for the children of Flint dealing with the water crisis.

“We’re bringing the music, bringing some information, and letting everybody know this could be your water too,” Mike Pritchard, Flintstock creator and director, said. “The problem is that our cities are falling apart.”

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Published April 20, 2016

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Earth Day is Friday, April 22, this year, and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to celebrate, according to Earth Day Network, an organization founded by organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970.

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Published April 20, 2016

Did you know that habitats for monarch butterflies — those orange-and-black-winged beauties — are growing scarcer?

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 75160, based in Troy, plan to complete an interactive monarch waystation on the southwest side of the interpretive building at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center by the end of May.

“Monarchs are struggling,” said Carla Reeb, director of the Troy Nature Society, which funds and operates the 100-acre nature center.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee will host the township’s 18th annual hazardous household waste collection event at the municipal building.

New this year will be the acceptance of latex paint, which organizers say residents have been requesting for years.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROCHESTER — Thousands of green living enthusiasts will head to Rochester Municipal Park this weekend for the annual MI Earth Day Fest to learn about healthy living and to peruse earth-friendly products, services and programs.

Festival Manager John Batdorf said the event was created 11 years ago to spread awareness of green living and wellness practices in an effort to help the environment.

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Published April 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — In reaction to the Flint water crisis, Grosse Pointe Public School System officials voluntarily had the schools tested to determine the safety of the building’s drinking water and water for other uses. 

This past weekend, officials received the results of its water screening sampling and analysis for lead and copper. The sampling was conducted March 29-31.

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Published April 18, 2016

While some Michigan communities do not know where all their lead water pipes are — such as Flint — this is not the case in Eastpointe and Roseville, as far as public lines go.

According to Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane, the city does not have any lead-based, publicly owned water lines operating.

“The city has not had those for years,” Duchane said. “The only ones in the system that have been replaced in the past several years have been pipes with (lead) joints.”

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Published April 14, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is wasting no time this April in arranging special dates for people to recycle their electronic junk and papers.

At an April 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool encouraged people to bring their unwanted electronic waste April 16, and unwanted papers April 23, to the city’s Department of Public Works building.

“This has been hugely popular over the last few years,” he said, referring to the electronics day.

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Published April 13, 2016

The runways of New York might say florals are on trend this spring, but in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area, green is what’s in style.

This weekend, the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority will celebrate Earth Day by opening the doors of its Troy facility to the public.

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 April 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Arbor Day events are planned at Meadow Brook Hall and the Rochester Hills Museum, and a guided discovery hike will explore city green space and deliver a first glimpse of the city’s newest park.

The Meadow Brook Hall Arbor Day Lunch and Learn program will feature a speaker, a box lunch and a guided tour of the hall’s estate grounds.

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Published April 12, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Invasive quagga mussels are pushing out invasive zebra mussels from the Great Lakes, but researchers warn this is not necessarily a cause for celebration.

Ashley Baldridge, a research benthic ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said NOAA has been researching the mussel populations in Lake Michigan annually for two decades, and the other Great Lakes on a five-year rotating basis. They use a claw called a PONAR grab to pull up a section of mud from the lake bottom and then count and measure the mussels, she said.

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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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