Environment

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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Published April 19, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Shelby Township encourages single-family residential customers of GFL Environmental Services to dispose of their hazardous household waste at the township municipal grounds.

Volunteers will collect items from residents’ vehicles, so they do not have to get out of the driver’s seat. Residents are also encouraged to dispose of unwanted prescription medications, which the Police Department will destroy, and used eyeglasses, which the Shelby Lions Club will donate.

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Published April 11, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, recently compared the climate change debate to a frog that is sitting in a pot of water.

If you simmer the heat, she said, the frog won’t really notice. But if you start to boil the water, the frog becomes more acclimated to what is happening to it.

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Published April 11, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe will hold its annual Memorial Tree Ceremony at 11 a.m. April 29 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave., as a way to recognize residents who have acquired memorial trees for planting throughout the city in honor of loved ones who have passed away.

The trees were planted in medians or parks throughout Eastpointe in the fall.

During the ceremony, the city will provide doughnuts and coffee, and the Beautification Commission has invited Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley to say a few words.

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Published April 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It’s that time of year again — the last Saturday in April is right around the corner.

Time to meet up and gather the year’s collection of trash along Shelby Township roadways for the annual Clean Up Day event. Organizers invite groups to join the initiative and caution drivers to be on the lookout for residents in safety vests with their telltale orange bags.

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Published April 5, 2017

DETROIT — The Hantz Foundation, a Detroit-area nonprofit, is inviting residents from Detroit’s east side to join the foundation for its annual 5K run/walk and tree planting initiative May 6.

Proceeds from the run/walk will benefit three local schools: Southeastern High School, Detroit Enterprise Academy and Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School. The day is designed to improve the areas around the schools and increase a feeling of community.

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Published March 29, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — The city’s Department of Public Works is providing a series of events for residents who have spring cleaning on their minds and don’t want the month of April to go to waste.

At the March 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool described a trio of special waste disposal events that will be open to city residents.

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Published March 27, 2017

A chance glance toward a nearby icy pond saved a man from possible drowning last month. 

While getting out of her car in her Auburn Road driveway at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Karen Marcinak noticed a man in the distance walking on the ice of Pine Trace Golf Club’s Greens Pond.

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Published March 22, 2017

Despite strong public outcry, the Troy School District Board of Education has moved forward on plans to market approximately 18 acres of land near Long Lake Road, between John R and Rochester roads, known as Section 11.

The Board of Education voted 6-1 to approve a resolution March 21. Trustee Elizabeth Hammond opposed the measure.

The district owns five undeveloped parcels of land — Section 1, 83 acres; Section 11, 18 acres; Section 15, 50 acres; and Section 16, 19 acres.

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Published March 22, 2017

HARPER WOODS — A community meeting is being hosted at the Grosse Pointe Woods Community Center to discuss the upcoming work on the Milk River water system.

The Milk River system is the city of Harper Woods’ primary storm drain system. Without the Milk River system in place, the city would flood during almost every rain.

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Published March 21, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — The Great Lakes have experienced a major comeback in recent years, though some local and national officials are worried that the recovery will not come completely to fruition.

These concerns are occurring amid reports that President Donald Trump’s administration is eyeing potentially eliminating the $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, or GLRI.

In the last eight years, bipartisan support from Congress led to nearly $2 billion in investments for approximately 3,000 GLRI-related projects.

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Published March 15, 2017

EASTPOINTE — A kickoff meeting will be held at the Department of Public Works Parks Garage, 17850 10 Mile Road, from noon to 2 p.m.

March 25 for volunteers interested in this year’s Adopt-A-Flowerbed program.

Civic groups, Scouting troops, businesses and individuals are invited to participate in the program.

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Published March 15, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council voted to spend $30,000 a year more to hire a firm to mow city property with electric and propane equipment. 

The city contracts with private companies for the mowing of over 583 acres of turf over a 28-week period. 

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Published March 15, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The landscape is different for many residents and neighborhoods now, after high winds ripped through metro Detroit last week, toppling beautiful, mature trees as if they were matchsticks.

The aftermath of the storm serves as a sad reminder of the role that trees play in shaping the character of a neighborhood, and it underscores the importance of tree maintenance programs in cities.

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Published March 15, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller has been appointed as a commissioner to the Great Lakes Commission.

Miller was appointed March 7 by state Rep. Tom Leonard, speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.

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Published March 7, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Hills City Councilman Kevin Brown said he frequently sees coyotes walking across his backyard.

“But other than seeing them, I am not aware of any major issues they are causing,” he said. “I am not hearing of any effects on pets and children.”

City naturalist Lance DeVoe said he has received a few complaints from residents recently about coyotes in city neighborhoods.

“They are a free-ranging wild animal,” he said.

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Published March 7, 2017

Some Sterling Heights residents will have to shell out more green to live a green lifestyle.

The annual fees recently increased for Sterling Heights residents who take part in a voluntary curbside recycling program under Waste Management, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said at a Feb. 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting.

According to Waste Management, the price has increased from around $62.40 per year to around $90 per year. City officials said this has prompted some residents to complain to the city.

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Published March 3, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Thanks to a joint effort from Eastpointe and the Macomb County Office of Public Works, more than 200,000 gallons of raw sewage will not go into Lake St. Clair, according to a Feb. 28 press release from Macomb County Public Works Public Relations Manager Dan Heaton.

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Published February 27, 2017

According to officials at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the oil and gas well at Word of Faith International Christian Center, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road, will be plugged by late spring.

After much recent speculation and rumour, Hal Fitch,  chief of the Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals at the MDEQ, said Feb. 27 that Jordan Development Co. has decided to plug the well for economic reasons.

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