Michigan regulators will take public comments on a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. They would be attached to the pipes and screwed into the lakebed.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Mackinaw City.

Line 5 extends from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario. A nearly 5-mile section runs beneath the straits, where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan converge.

Michigan State University scientists are using sunlight and bacteria to produce biodegradable plastics.

Laboratory researchers genetically tweaked bacteria that use sunlight to produce sugar. They caused the bacteria to leak the sugar and paired them with other bacteria that feed on it. The process generated material with a high content of bioplastic.

Researchers already have developed biodegradable plastics with bacteria. But they've used sugar from corn and beets needed to feed animals and people.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to find out how many sea lampreys are in the Detroit River and other area waterways.

A crew is expected to do an assessment from May 29 to June 7 that will help determine the need for measures to control the eel-like parasites, which attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish.

They invaded the Great Lakes in the last century and decimated native fish until a poison was developed that brought them under control.

A Senate bill to bring private business stakeholders into the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's rule-making process has passed the Republican-controlled state House.

Lawmakers voted Tuesday on a three-bill package to create an environmental rules review committee stacked with private industry representatives able to weigh in during the DEQ's rule-making process.

The bills also would establish a permit appeal panel and an advisory board of scientific experts. The first bill passed 57-51.

Public comment is being sought on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines.

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources says the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy builds on existing efforts by state, federal, and local agencies and private organizations and individuals.

Monarch butterflies found east of the Rocky Mountains have declined by more than 80 percent over the past 20 years primarily due to habitat loss, including reduced milkweed required for reproduction and fewer nectar plants. T

Officials say crews have finished capping and sealing two electric cables that were severed by a suspected boat anchor strike in the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. A team of investigators led by the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday the cables owned by American Transmission Co. were returned to the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.

A public-private partnership is offering matching grants of up to $3,000 each to support tree-planting projects around Michigan. The program is operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a nonprofit group called ReLeaf Michigan, and the DTE Energy Foundation, which provides the funding. 

Green Michigan

Jun 6, 2017

Green Michigan (greenmichigan.org) is a resource center for Michigan environmental solutions, resources, and how-to’s. Angela Fox joins us to tell us all about it.

Earth Day is less than a month away and we talk about a GVSU Earth Day event, “March for Science.” Kelly Darcy and Dr. Liz Arnold talk about it.

All-Electric America

Jun 29, 2016

Author Leah Parks talks about her book, All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, presenting a practical course of action offering the best hope for eliminating disastrous climate change.