Environment

Published June 21, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Oakland County residents will have a chance to safely dispose of the hazardous waste gathering dust in their attic, garage or basement this month.

The North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Program is hosting a collection event at Oakland University 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24 in the Foundation Hall parking lot, along Squirrel Road.

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Published June 21, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Each winter, as municipal workers make our icy roads safer, they could also be turning our famous freshwater lakes saltier.

Much saltier.

An intensive study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in April observed long-term chloride trends in 371 freshwater lakes across the continent. It was determined that there were increasing chloride trends in most of the urban and rural lakes in the Midwest and Northeast surrounded by greater than 1 percent of impervious land.

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Published June 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield city officials have announced that the city will uphold the regulations laid out by the Paris climate agreement.

At the June 12 City Council meeting, Mayor Ken Siver and Councilman Lloyd Crews presented a joint resolution to support the principles of the accord.

“I wanted to acknowledge that we had a number of people contact the city urging us to stay on the course of green infrastructure, green technologies, conservation, and so I’m certainly supportive of that,” Siver said.

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Published June 20, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel’s Blue Economy initiative has accomplished quite a bit since it was launched six years ago.

From recreational improvements to economic and environmental impacts, the initiative, launched when Hackel first took office in 2011, has been an integral factor to growth across the county.

Macomb County’s Blue Economy initiative was reviewed on June 8 during the annual State of the Lake address at MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township.

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Published June 14, 2017

FERNDALE/BERKLEY/PLEASANT RIDGE — Three cities in the Woodward Talk’s coverage area soon will be converting to mixed recycling as part of a new Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority program.

Single-family homes in Ferndale, Berkley and Pleasant Ridge, along with the other cities that are part of SOCRRA, will be receiving new 65-gallon bins to contain all their recyclables.

Huntington Woods already has been converted into a mixed-recycling city.

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Published June 14, 2017

CENTER LINE — About two dozen people gathered in two Center Line parks June 3 to plant a few dozen trees stemming from a county partnership with a tree-planting nonprofit.

“We got 42 trees planted within about two and a half hours. It was pretty fast,” Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said. “It was well-organized by our DPW superintendent. The trees were delivered the day before by ReLeaf Michigan.”

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Published June 7, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township was recently recognized for going — and staying — green long after that terminology stopped being a buzz-phrase.

If you drive to the township’s campus — starting at Township Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road — you will see just how green the community is. From a wind- and solar-powered light pole just outside Township Hall to a charging station for electric cars between the main library and Township Hall, there is a lot to explore.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A unique park plan, integrated with the Rochester Community Schools district, has transformed a section of the new Innovation Hills Park into a “learning garden.”

“This is a great learning experience,” Sarah Guy, a fourth-grade teacher at Hamlin Elementary School, said during a May 19 park dedication, when students helped create stone pathways.

“The kids are super excited,” Guy said.  “They are really excited to be the first kids at the park, and are thrilled and honored to help out.”

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Published May 17, 2017

Gina Gregory, president of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, wants you to stop and smell the flora and the fauna.

During the annual Apple Island Tours, set for 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 20-21, attendees can do just that, and learn about the 35-acre island’s history.

People can take part in the annual island tradition more than three decades old, which Gregory said is an experience to enjoy.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With Earth Day recently passed and boating season ramping up, members of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee hope that residents will take a few hours to pitch in to help clean up the lake shore.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Mackenzie Orzechowski has always loved animals. 

She said she often talks about animals and the environment with her classmates at South Lake High School.

This summer, she’ll have the chance to discuss her passion with hundreds of students just like her at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment June 25-30 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Published May 17, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — Something fishy was going on with Birmingham Covington Elementary School third- and fourth-graders recently.

The students released more than 70 adolescent salmon into the Clinton River May 9, salmon they had begun raising from eggs in November.

It was part of a program the school had designed to educate students about conservation and animal life cycles.

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Published May 10, 2017

CLAWSON — The Kenwood Elementary School Edible Kids Gardening Club is growing good things and cultivating friendship, life lessons and a lot of fun.

“I hope to establish good eating habits and get them excited about gardening,” said parent volunteer and club leader Lisa Ball. “And it’s a lot of fun.”

Ball combines her knowledge and passion for gardening and healthy eating habits while meeting with students in second to fifth grades who stay after school to be part of the group.

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Published May 10, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 28, Shelby Township planted a ceremonial burgundy maple tree in Mae Stecker Park for Arbor Day in conjunction with the county’s Arbor Day event at Freedom Hill County Park and its Green Macomb initiative.

The purpose of Green Macomb is to increase the county’s tree cover, which is severely lacking along the Clinton River and to the south as a result of development, pestilence and other factors, according to officials.

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Published May 9, 2017

ROCHESTER — Rochester Municipal Park is a local gem, according to City Manager Blaine Wing, who said people are drawn to the park’s natural beauty.

“You don’t have to travel up north in Michigan to get a little escape, and that is what I think is so special about Rochester,” he said.

On May 13, volunteers of all ages can do their part to help make sure Municipal Park stays beautiful during the 2017 Rochester Make a Difference Day.

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Published May 3, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Don’t know what to do with that half-used can of paint in your garage? Or what about that computer from the early 2000s collecting dust in your attic? 

It’s out with the old during upcoming recycling events. 

The annual HazMat Day will be held May 6 at the Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. 

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Published May 3, 2017

DETROIT — More than 800 volunteers descended on Belle Isle April 22 for Earth Day to keep the Detroit jewel beautiful and trash-free.

The event was called Keep Belle Isle Beautiful, and its goal was trash and debris removal from the park and its numerous public areas. It was organized by the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which both oversee the island.

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Published May 2, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — In 1970, “rescuing” the Rouge River meant recovering shopping carts and refuse from the water.

Today, rescue efforts for the river involve removing invasive plants and woody debris, but the same goal remains: helping the river thrive.

For the 37th year, volunteers at 30 worksites throughout southeastern Michigan will band together May 20 for the Rouge Rescue effort.

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Published April 19, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new initiative aims to restore the historic woodlands surrounding Meadow Brook Hall. 

According to hall officials, the woodlands have slowly declined over the years and have become unsightly due to disease and insect infestations. As trees die, they leave open spaces, which allows invasive species to take hold and smother desirable plants.

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Published April 19, 2017

CENTER LINE — An effort is underway to “spruce” up Center Line this spring. What better way to do that than by planting dozens of trees?

Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said a group of volunteers, working in partnership with the Green Macomb initiative and the ReLeaf Michigan nonprofit, will be planting 42 trees of various species at the city’s Memorial and Rotary parks on June 3.

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