national wildlife federation en The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is seeing a lot of success <p>We have some encouraging news from the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. They've just released an <a href="">interactive map</a> that pinpoints success stories across the region efforts to restore the lakes with projects funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.</p><p>Let's get an idea of what these success stories are and the challenges to the lakes that still remain.</p><p>For that we turn to Andy Buchsbaum, the director of the National Wildlife Federation's regional Great Lakes Office. He joined us in the studio today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:33:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 13134 at The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is seeing a lot of success Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds <p>Environmental groups say climate change is the biggest threat in the 21st century to migratory birds in the Great Lakes.</p><p></p><p>Every year, hundreds of migratory bird species pass through the Great Lakes region.</p><p>But a new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is reducing the range that these birds need to survive the journey.</p><p></p><p>The report says climate change is affecting where migratory birds can feed and raise their young.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:37:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 13108 at Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds New report shows comprehensive view of climate changes’ effect <p>A <a href=";ts=20130130T1613457031">new report from the National Wildlife Federation</a> details ways climate change is affecting the Great Lakes states, including Michigan.</p><p>The report says there’s more heavy rainfall events, a major decline in ice cover, and warmer average water temperatures. It outlines a number of examples where wildlife and communities are reacting to the changes.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:13:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11023 at New report shows comprehensive view of climate changes’ effect Report: Oil pipeline plans put Michigan vacation destination at risk <p>A national environmental group says plans to expand an oil pipeline near Mackinac Island presents a serious ecological threat.</p><p>The <a href="">National Wildlife Federation</a> opposes Enbridge Energy’s plans to expand the nearly 60 year old pipeline that passes through the <a href="">Straits of Mackinac.</a></p><p>Beth Wallace, with the National Wildlife Federation, said the age of the pipeline, the Straits of Mackinac's dangerous currents, and a lack of safety equipment close by threatens to put the vacation <a href="">destination at risk</a> of a major spill.</p><p>"With Enbridge’s estimates and average current speeds for the Straits, we believe oil could spread to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in the three hours it would take them to respond," said Wallace.</p><p>"If six hours passed, oil could spread to Wilderness State Park. Twelve hours, and oil could be all the way to Cheboygan [Michigan],” said Wallace,&nbsp; “and the damage from a spill, without a doubt, would be devastating."</p><p>It took Enbridge 17 hours to realize it had a broken pipeline near <a href="">Marshall, Michigan</a> in 2010.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That spill released more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil. The cleanup of Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River has cost close to a billion dollars.</p><p>There is still oil in the river.</p><p>An<a href=""> Enbridge</a> spokesman says the Calgary-based oil company is reviewing the National Wildlife Federation's report.</p><p></p><p>Jeannie Layson, PHMSA's Director for Governmental, International, and Public Affairs, issued a written statement on the NWF report:</p><blockquote><p>Pipeline safety is a top priority at PHMSA, and we hold pipeline operators accountable when they violate federal requirements. For example, Enbridge just paid the<a href=";vgnextchannel=d248724dd7d6c010VgnVCM10000080e8a8c0RCRD&amp;vgnextfmt=print" target="_blank">highest</a><a href=";vgnextchannel=d248724dd7d6c010VgnVCM10000080e8a8c0RCRD&amp;vgnextfmt=print" target="_blank"> civil penalty in the agency’s history</a> for the Marshall, Michigan spill. In addition, PHMSA executed a consent agreement which imposed more<a href="" target="_blank">stringent</a><a href="" target="_blank"> safety requirements</a> for the entire Lakehead System, including Line 5.</p><p></p><p>Pipeline safety requires a combination of enforcement, information sharing and transparency and public education. PHMSA&nbsp; created&nbsp; the <a href="" target="_blank">Stakeholder Communications</a> website to provide the public comprehensive, searchable information on the safety records of pipeline companies, such as incident rates and PHMSA’s oversight actions and enforcement activities including fines, warnings, and violations. Additional information on pipeline operators in Michigan can be found on our <a href="" target="_blank">Michigan State Pipeline Safety </a><a href="" target="_blank">Profile</a>page.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:18:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 9521 at Report: Oil pipeline plans put Michigan vacation destination at risk Enbridge criticized for past problems with leaking pipelines <p>This Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the Kalamazoo River oil spill.</p><p></p><p>A <a href="">national environmental group</a> is releasing a report today attacking the company whose pipeline broke. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:52:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 8401 at Enbridge criticized for past problems with leaking pipelines Michigan environmentalists to discuss new pollution rules <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Environmental groups that a favor new federal rules regulating<a href=""> </a><a href=";met_y=en_atm_co2e_pc&amp;idim=country:USA&amp;dl=en&amp;hl=en&amp;q=carbon+emissions">carbon emissions </a>are holding a forum to discuss them. Sun, 27 May 2012 15:49:48 +0000 The Associated Press 7636 at Michigan environmentalists to discuss new pollution rules Praise for proposed fuel economy rules at Detroit EPA hearing <p>Union leaders, environmental groups and some auto industry representatives are applauding new&nbsp;fuel efficiency standards proposed by President Obama.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing on the new rules in Detroit Tuesday.</p><p>The Obama administration&rsquo;s<a href=""> proposed rule </a>actually measures greenhouse gas emissions. But when translated into the usual lingo, that&rsquo;s about 54 miles per gallon&mdash;roughly double the current standard.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:54:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5831 at Praise for proposed fuel economy rules at Detroit EPA hearing