Michigan beaches http://michiganradio.org en New technology could improve beach water-quality testing http://michiganradio.org/post/new-technology-could-improve-beach-water-quality-testing <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="line-height: 21px;">A new&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21px;">technology</span><span style="line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;will make testing water quality at Michigan beaches faster. And that means safer swimming.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:51:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18047 at http://michiganradio.org New technology could improve beach water-quality testing Many Michigan agencies lose 2014 beach monitoring funds http://michiganradio.org/post/many-michigan-agencies-lose-2014-beach-monitoring-funds <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - About three dozen local health departments and other agencies that usually receive state funding to monitor beach waters for contamination won't get any next year.<br /><br />The funding comes from the federal government. Michigan will get $152,000 in 2014.<br /><br />But a provision inserted into a state budget bill orders the Department of Environmental Quality to spend $100,000 of that money on one project in Macomb County.<br /> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 16:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15407 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michigan agencies lose 2014 beach monitoring funds Michigan Tech builds phone apps to connect researchers with citizen scientists http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-tech-builds-phone-apps-connect-researchers-citizen-scientists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a new project out of </span><a href="http://www.mtu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Technological University</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Houghton that involves phone apps.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea is to use apps to share information with professional researchers.</span></p><p>So far the team of professors and students have made four web apps.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15261 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Tech builds phone apps to connect researchers with citizen scientists Drownings in Lake Michigan prompt calls for new beach warning signs http://michiganradio.org/post/drownings-lake-michigan-prompt-calls-new-beach-warning-signs <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">After <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/07/muskegon_police_missing_ypsila.html">two drownings in Lake Michigan in recent weeks</a>, some are calling for a better warning system when beach conditions are dangerous.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/08/could_this_prevent_drownings_b.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+MuskegonNews+(Muskegon+Chronicle+News+-+MLive.com)">Muskegon Chronicle's Lisha&nbsp;Arino</a> reports on an idea being proposed from Hugh and Kathleen Kallen.</span></p><p><font face="arial, sans-serif" size="2"><span style="line-height: normal;">The couple was moved to develop a new approach after 15-year-old Raybeon&nbsp;Jenkins drowned in the waters off Pere Marquette Park.</span></font></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Not long after the incident, it moved them to do something to help prevent another drowning.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Their plan: create yard signs that would notify beachgoers of dangerous swimming conditions.</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">"We wanted to do something for the next rip current day because there aren't any warnings posted on the severe days," said Kathleen.</p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The couple wants residents to put up yard signs, similar to political yard signs, on days when hazardous conditions are predicted.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">There are permanent signs warning visitors of possible dangerous waters, but nothing to indicate current conditions.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Ocean communities work with beach flag warning systems.<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CDcQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ilsf.org%2Fsites%2Filsf.org%2Ffiles%2Ffilefield%2Fbeach-safety-and-information-flags-updated-100727.doc&amp;ei=jsP_UdQ5wp2pAcuKgYAK&amp;usg=AFQjCNGmQET8n7x_gkDjmPmcJ1yGy8ZKWg&amp;sig2=3yose2oz_DniVGV319leiA&amp;bvm=bv.50165853,d.aWM"> The International Life Saving Federation</a> has a document showing the standards for this flag warning system.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:31:52 +0000 Mark Brush 13828 at http://michiganradio.org Drownings in Lake Michigan prompt calls for new beach warning signs Michigan DNR plans to harvest healthy ash and beech trees before disease sets in http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-dnr-plans-harvest-healthy-ash-and-beech-trees-disease-sets <p>Forests throughout Michigan are undergoing big changes as millions of beech and ash trees are killed off by pests and disease.</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/images/dnr/BeechBark_332972_7.jpg">Beech Bark Disease</a> and the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mda/mda_EAB_Quarantine_Map_195028_7.pdf">Emerald Ash Borer</a> first arrived in Michigan around twelve years ago.</p><p>Both problems continue to spread, but many forests still have healthy trees in them.</p><p>Foresters from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Tech are taking a closer look at more than 30,000 acres of state forest land.</p><p>Andrew Storer, professor of forest and insect ecology at Michigan Tech, said the plan is to harvest healthy stands of ash and beech trees before they&rsquo;re affected.</p><p>&quot;If it&#39;s consistent with the management objective of the stand, then removing resources that you know are not going to persist until the next cutting cycle makes a lot of sense just in terms of getting the value out of those trees while they&rsquo;re still in the forest,&quot; said Storer.</p><p>Storer said harvesting these trees now can also help forest ecology.</p><p>&quot;It helps the forest by getting a head start, if you like, on what the future forest is going to be, and so by removing trees now and getting the value from that, we&rsquo;ll start to see what the regenerating forest is going to be, and through management be able to direct that regeneration toward species that are going to be successful in the forest in the future,&quot; said Storer.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/minewswire/0,4629,7-136-3452-284180--,00.html">press release</a>, the Michigan DNR said the goal is not to remove all beech or ash trees in these forests, but to thin them to a healthier level.</p><blockquote><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">&quot;We are using criteria including proximity to the nearest infested site, infestation, size, density and quality of trees, and accessibility, in order to prioritize which areas need attention,&quot; said Bill O&#39;Neill, chief of the DNR&#39;s Forest Resources Division, who also serves as state forester. &quot;Considering other factors important to maintaining healthy forests, harvests are being scheduled to remove the beech and ash and regenerate the stand to a desired, productive species mix. The goal is not to remove all beech or ash, but to reduce them to a level that the mortality will not significantly impact the quality of the remaining trees or the productivity of the forest.&quot;</font></p><p></p></blockquote><p>Researchers started surveying state forest land for this project last June and plan to continue surveying through next summer.</p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:27:51 +0000 Mark Brush 8675 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan DNR plans to harvest healthy ash and beech trees before disease sets in Trash that closed Michigan beaches in 2008, 2010 from Wisconsin http://michiganradio.org/post/trash-closed-michigan-beaches-2008-2010-wisconsin <p>A couple of summers ago piles of trash washed up on the beaches of Lake Michigan from Pentwater to Portage. A <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/coast guard report.PDF">federal investigation confirms</a> the trash came all the way from Wisconsin.</p><p>The trash included medical supplies, small plastic pieces, chunks of wood; even whiskey bottles. Many beaches were closed at the time because of the trash.</p><p>Volunteers with the <a href="http://www.greatlakes.org/">Alliance for The Great Lakes </a>first reported the trash in 2008 and 2010 when they were out doing <a href="http://greatlakes.org/adoptabeach">normal cleanup work.</a></p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;ve had many people in Michigan contacting us and asking &lsquo;what ever happened about that?&rsquo; said Lyman Welch, Water Quality Program Manager for the Alliance. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:06:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5108 at http://michiganradio.org Trash that closed Michigan beaches in 2008, 2010 from Wisconsin Beach closure information is a click away http://michiganradio.org/post/beach-closure-information-click-away <p>Michiganders don&rsquo;t have to take a trip to see if their favorite beach is closed.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/beach">BeachGuard</a> is a website run by <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq">Michigan&rsquo;s Department of Environmental Quality</a>. It tracks the water quality and closures of all public beaches in the state.&nbsp;</p><p>Shannon Briggs is with the DEQ.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:08:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3051 at http://michiganradio.org Beach closure information is a click away