wetlands http://michiganradio.org en Deadline nears to comment on blueberry farming in wetlands http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-nears-comment-blueberry-farming-wetlands <p>Nobody grows more <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/blueberries">blueberries </a>in the U.S. than Michigan. In the past, many growers were exempt from wetland regulations. But the federal Environmental Protection Agency is making Michigan tighten <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/big-changes-are-coming-wetland-regulations-michigan">its wetland regulations</a> and blueberry production is a part of that.</p><p>The state will have to prove to the EPA that the proposed changes will follow federal laws, including the Clean Water Act.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:18:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16368 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline nears to comment on blueberry farming in wetlands Big changes are coming to wetland regulations in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/big-changes-are-coming-wetland-regulations-michigan <p>Michigan has <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/wrd-waterwords-2013-10-08_436561_7.pdf">lost millions of acres of wetlands </a>over the last century. But the state’s still got roughly five million acres left.&nbsp;</p><p>“Wetlands are really, really important to clean water. They’ve been called nature’s nurseries and nature’s kidneys,” said Grenetta Thomassey, who heads <a href="http://www.watershedcouncil.org/">Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council </a>in Petoskey.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15575 at http://michiganradio.org Big changes are coming to wetland regulations in Michigan Groups disagree over proposed wetland law changes http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-disagree-over-proposed-wetland-law-changes <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - For the second time in recent years, the Michigan Legislature is rewriting environmental laws in ways that critics say would make it easier to develop sensitive wetlands. Business interests say the changes would provide adequate protections while boosting the economy.<br><br>The state Senate approved a bill this week that would make numerous changes in laws dealing with wetlands such as swamps and marshes, which absorb floodwaters and perform other vital tasks.<br> Sat, 25 May 2013 17:51:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12744 at http://michiganradio.org Groups disagree over proposed wetland law changes Michigan to see a "Ducks Unlimited" license plate to support wetlands http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-see-ducks-unlimited-license-plate-support-wetlands <p>Wetlands can be a thorn in the side for some developers. They stand in the way of new construction and there are so many rules and regulations for building on or near them.</p><p>There's a reason for that. <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_22664-61132--,00.html#Threats">Michigan has lost most of its wetlands</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Recently, much wetland destruction has been caused by commercial, industrial, and residential expansion. The estimated 11 million acres of Michigan wetlands existing in pre settlement times has now been reduced to less than 3 million acres. Recent legislation has slowed the loss rate somewhat but threats to these habitats, particularly the smaller wetlands, continue in many areas.</p></blockquote><p>Gov. Rick Snyder and Ducks Unlimited hope a new fundraising license plate will help protect and restore wetlands in Michigan.</p><p>More from Gov. Snyder's press release:</p><blockquote><p>“Michigan’s wetlands play a crucial role in the life cycles of our plants and animals, reduce flooding and provide natural recreation,” Snyder said. “These Ducks Unlimited plates will support the preservation of our wetlands.”</p><p>Revenue raised by sales of the plates will go toward the Ducks Unlimited Fund in the Department of Treasury, and only will be used for maintenance of Michigan wetlands. Ducks Unlimited will pay $15,000 upfront to defray plate production costs.</p></blockquote><p>Fundraising plates also exists for several other causes in the state.</p><p>The plates cost $35 in addition to registration fees, of which $25 goes toward the cause. Renewing the plate costs $10 extra. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:43:29 +0000 Mark Brush 11803 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan to see a "Ducks Unlimited" license plate to support wetlands Invasive species success story: Purple Loosestrife http://michiganradio.org/post/invasive-species-success-story-purple-loosestrife <p>Purple Loosestrife is a widespread <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/invasive-plants">invasive plant</a>. It&rsquo;s taken over <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/wetlands">wetlands </a>in every state in the US except Florida. But now, scientists consider Purple Loostrife an invasive species success story.</p><p>Purple Loosestrife are the tall bright purple flowering plants you see mixed in with cattails lining the edge of many lakes and wetlands.</p><p><strong>A long road&nbsp;before success</strong></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 12:49:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7314 at http://michiganradio.org Invasive species success story: Purple Loosestrife The Enbridge oil spill's effect on wetlands http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-oil-spills-effect-wetlands <p>It&rsquo;s been more than a year since a pipeline owned by&nbsp;Enbridge Energy ruptured. More than 843,000 gallons of tar sands oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says much of that oil has been removed from the creek and the river. But the EPA says there are still close to one hundred areas of submerged oil on the bottom of the river. Enbridge is now working to remove that oil.</p><p>The company recently missed an EPA deadline to clean up all of the submerged oil and contaminated soils.</p><p>Jason Manshum is an Enbridge spokesperson.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Well, you know, while we have focused on completing that directive by that deadline, we have not been willing to sacrifice that work quality solely in order to meet a specific date on a calendar.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Manshum says they ran into a number of obstacles... hot weather, storms, and a shortage of the special equipment they need. And the biggest challenge: those areas of submerged oil expanded.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Keep in mind, the river is obviously a moving body of water, nothing stays constant, nothing is the same. So we found some of those submerged oil locations had shifted and some had expanded.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Both Enbridge and the EPA have previously stated that it&rsquo;ll be impossible to clean up every last drop of oil.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty common, most people think it should be easy to get it all out, and it&rsquo;s just really not.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Mike Alexander is with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He&rsquo;s one of the incident commanders on the cleanup site.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;When you get down to smaller quantities, they get harder to get, just the nature of how the river&rsquo;s different at different locations, it gets trickier, it&rsquo;s not an easy project, it&rsquo;s going to take time.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The spill happened smack in the middle of some of the most sensitive wetland areas in the state.</p><p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:08:41 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4237 at http://michiganradio.org The Enbridge oil spill's effect on wetlands What lies under the farm fields? (audio slideshow) http://michiganradio.org/post/what-lies-under-farm-fields-audio-slideshow <p>A few years back, we at the <a href="http://environmentreport.org/index.php">Environment Report</a> did a comprehensive series called, "<a href="http://environmentreport.org/topten.php">The Ten Threats to the Great Lakes</a>." Doing our best to make it comprehensive, we broke each of the Ten Threats into several stories.</p><p>We joked that the "Ten Threats" series turned into a 33-part series as we dug deeper into the issues.</p><p>For the series, I traveled to northwest Ohio and met with Lynn Davis. His grandfather had started a farm drainage business in 1910 using a steam powered trenching machine. Davis later took over the business from his father and uncle.</p><p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 18:33:51 +0000 Mark Brush 438 at http://michiganradio.org What lies under the farm fields? (audio slideshow)