beach closures http://michiganradio.org en 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 In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-high-childhood-poverty-rate-home-foreclosure-changes-beach-quality-better <p><strong>Childhood poverty rate high in Michigan</strong></p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kids-count">Kids Count report</a> from the Michigan League for Public Policy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Michigan ranks 31st nationwide for overall child well-being. Michigan League for Public Policy President Gilda Jacobs told Michigan Radio's Jake Neher that state lawmakers should restore Michigan’s tax credits for low-income families and ease restrictions on welfare cash assistance.</p><p><strong>Possible changes in home foreclosure rules</strong></p><p>Legislation in Lansing could change home foreclosure rules in Michigan. Currently, after a foreclosure, homeowners get six months after it gets sold at auction to regain the property. Under the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-changes-michigan-s-home-foreclosure-laws-allow-unannounced-inspections">proposed changes</a>, a homeowner would lose that redemption period if the house is damaged. The idea is to stop homeowners going through foreclosure from damaging the home.<br><br>Neeta Delaney, director of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, told Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith she worries the provision would only make the foreclosure process more contentious.</p><p><strong>Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access</strong></p><p>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's annual <a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/beach/">beach quality report</a> says Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access in 2012 because of pollution. The most common cause for beach closings was the presence of bacteria from human or animal feces. Altogether, 166 beaches were closed for a total of 755 days in 2012. That's down from 913 days&nbsp; in 2011.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:05:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13203 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better Safety info now part of Great Lakes beach app http://michiganradio.org/post/safety-info-now-part-great-lakes-beach-app <p>Before you head to the beach this summer, you might want to check on the conditions.</p><p>There’s a free beach app you can get for your Android phone.&nbsp; It’s called <a href="http://www.great-lakes.net/beachcast/">myBeachCast</a>.</p><p>You can bookmark your favorite Great Lakes beaches, find out the wind and water conditions, and check to see if there are any beach closings for a particular day.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 13026 at http://michiganradio.org Safety info now part of Great Lakes beach app 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