Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge http://michiganradio.org en Efforts are being made to boost native fish in St. Clair River http://michiganradio.org/post/efforts-are-being-made-boost-native-fish-st-clair-river <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fish populations native to Michigan such as lake sturgeon, walleye, and lake whitefish have been declining in recent years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a result, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has built spawning reefs in rivers around Michigan, including the St. Clair River.</span></p><p>A spawning reef is a crevice-filled rock bed designed to mimic the natural limestone reefs that previously existed.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:39:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 18364 at http://michiganradio.org Efforts are being made to boost native fish in St. Clair River Fighting Island in the Detroit River no longer a wasteland http://michiganradio.org/post/fighting-island-detroit-river-no-longer-wasteland <p>Earlier this week, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/watch-michigan-change-over-time-using-googles-earth-engine">I posted on the power of Google's "Earth Engine,"</a>&nbsp;an online tool that lets you fly back in time and space to see how land has changed.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:52:01 +0000 Mark Brush 13003 at http://michiganradio.org Fighting Island in the Detroit River no longer a wasteland Beavers return to Belle Isle http://michiganradio.org/post/beavers-return-belle-isle <p>After years of rumors, it&rsquo;s official - beavers are back on Belle Isle.</p><p>It&rsquo;s been about 100 years since the animals left the 985-acre island on the Detroit River, driven away by trappings and human development. In recent years, any time someone thought they spotted a beaver in the area, park officials always deemed the animal a muskrat or raccoon caught in a case of mistaken identity.</p><p>That is, until last week when a park visitor snapped a cell phone photo of a beaver swimming in the Blue Heron Lagoon.</p><p>John Hartig of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge told <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120603/METRO/206030308">The Detroit News</a> that the Belle Isle beavers may have come from a family of beavers spotted at the nearby Conners Creek Power Plant four years ago. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:46:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7738 at http://michiganradio.org Beavers return to Belle Isle Island added to Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge http://michiganradio.org/post/island-added-detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge <p>The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge was established in 2001 and it includes shoreline, wetlands, and shoals along 48 miles of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.<font face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"> </font></p><p>The refuge system has now added a 30-acre island to the system.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Officials say Sugar Island is part of conservation area surrounding the southern end of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River. It&#39;s located in Wayne County&#39;s Grosse Ile Township.</p><p>The island once was a destination for picnicking and had other attractions. It&#39;s near Boblo Island, which once was home to a well-known amusement park.</p><p>Sugar Island was bought by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding and it&#39;s now part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.</p><p>The refuge includes roughly 5,700 acres along 48 miles of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:44:32 +0000 Mark Brush 7181 at http://michiganradio.org Island added to Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-196 <p><strong>Republican candidates to debate in Michigan this Wednesday</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Hulett <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gop-candidates-debate-oakland-u-week">reports </a>the nationally televised Republican presidential debate will be held at Oakland University this Wednesday. The debate will begin at 8 p.m. and coverage on CNBC will start at 7 p.m. The economy is expected to be a major focus of the debate.</p><p>The University has a <a href="http://www.oakland.edu/debate/events">series of events</a> planned around the debate.</p><p><strong>UM nurses approves 3-year contract</strong></p><p>Nurses working at the University of Michigan Health System have been working without a contract since July 1. Now they&#39;ve agreed to a three year deal with UMHS.</p><p>From the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111107/BIZ/111070386/1361/">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council&#39;s membership this past weekend approved a new contract that includes a phasing in of health insurance premium increases and includes 3 percent wage increases the first and second years and 4 percent the third year of the contract, plus step increases, said Katie Oppenheim <b>,</b> president of the nurse council.</p></blockquote><p><strong>New Visitor Center for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge</strong></p><p>U.S. Representative John Dingell&#39;s dream of an international wildlife refuge along the Detroit River flyway became a reality in 2001. And the Refuge continues to receive investments.</p><p>The Associated Press reports the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is getting almost $1.4 million for work next year at the site of a future visitor&#39;s center. Officials plan to announce the funding in Trenton today. They are also marking the completion of $1.2 million in cleanup and restoration at the Refuge Gateway. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:01:43 +0000 Mark Brush 4856 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news...