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Michigan Environmental Report

Spring 2007

Vol. 25 Issue 2

Budget crisis: No relief in sight for state's natural resources

Michigan’s budget crisis promises to be the only game in Lansing for the foreseeable future, dominating headlines, politics and policy throughout 2007. The implications for environmental protection are foreboding: general fund money for the agencies charged with protecting Michigan’s air, land, water and public health have been dwindling since 2001, and the descent will continue for the foreseeable future.
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RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Climate change in Michigan: Lower lakes, higher temps

Climate change is coming to Michigan and a Great Lake near you, according to a panel of experts convened to discuss recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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RELATED TOPICS: climate change

Supreme Court signals shift in climate change realities

Suddenly, environmental work is hot. It feels like the late 1960s when filthy water and lung-burning air tipped public opinion, drove historic legislative changes and forced President Nixon to sign laws protecting America’s water, land, air and endangered species.
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RELATED TOPICS: climate change

Great Lakes protections on DC agenda

Congress currently has before it many initiatives that could protect and restore our water resources. Your help is needed to make these initiatives become reality. Contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the following bills:
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RELATED TOPICS: legislation, water protection

Grand Rapids earns sustainability award

The City of Grand Rapids has earned a sustainability award from the United Nations University for its Community Sustainability Partnership efforts. It is the first city in the U.S., and one of only 30 in the world, to receive the award.
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RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

Prime time to trust

This meandering creek and adjacent farmland was protected by a conservation-minded Washtenaw County family last year through a conservation agreement. And 2007 could be an especially attractive year for tax savings and land protection through such agreements.
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation

Blatant bulldozing again puts Traverse City resort at epicenter of beach grooming furor

The blatant bulldozing of a Lake Michigan coastal wetland by a Traverse City resort has again focused public attention on the “beach grooming” controversy as the summer of 2007 approaches.
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RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Neighbors of Grand Traverse area cherry plant force cleanup, changes

After six years enduring intense smells and numerous discharges of maraschino cherry wastewater from the Williamsburg Receiving & Storage Co. (WRS), a group of neighbors, supported by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC), reached a settlement in Grand Traverse County Circuit Court earlier this year.
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Marquette guides its residents and tourists

As spring kicks off early in the Upper Peninsula this year, Northern Options Energy Center is touting the recently developed GreenWays maps of Marquette’s non-motorized trails.
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RELATED TOPICS: greenways

Where did your dinner come from?

Editor’s note: Former MEC Policy Associate Kristin Brooks is now the coordinator of the Michigan Food Policy Council, established in 2005 by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. We asked our alumnus for thoughts on the Council’s report, released in the fall of 2006.
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RELATED TOPICS: food policy
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