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1st SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS PACKAGES: This is the first of the summer’s three regular packages of Michigan environmental stories for CNS members, in partnership with Great Lakes Echo.
Here is your file:
TRACKFISH: Biologists and scientists teamed up to track fish across the Great Lakes using sound— like the world’s biggest game of Marco Polo, but with fish. The Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation Systems is a network of researchers sharing fish-tracking data. We interview experts from the Hammond Bay Biological Station near Lake Huron, Grand Valley State and MSU. By Max Johnston. FOR ALCONA, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, OCEANA, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
GREENERTRAINS: Greener trains are coming to the Great Lakes region. The new locomotives, which meet the EPA’s high emission standards, get up to speed faster than older models. A 94-mile section between Porter, Indiana, and Kalamazoo could see trains flying through at 110 mph. We talk to AMTRAK and the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers based in Okemos. Affected routes include Michigan’s Wolverine, Pere Marquette and Blue Water routes connecting Chicago with Detroit, Lansing, Port Huron and Grand Rapids. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
ARCHITECT: “Designing Detroit,” a new biography, tells the story of largely forgotten Wirt Rowland, who was arguably the premier skyscraper architect of the early 20th century. He designed five of Detroit’s 16 prominent skyscrapers, the Grand Rapids Trust Building, the Mott Foundation in Flint, the Second National Bank of Saginaw Building and Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan. Review by Steven Maier. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/ARCHTECTPHOTO: Cover of “Designing Detroit” — Credit: Wayne State University Press
CRAYFISH: A new study examining invasive zebra and quagga mussels’ relationship with invasive rusty crayfish illustrates how the harm they cause together can be greater than by either of them alone. The research was a collaboration between Central Michigan University and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, funded by Michigan Sea Grant and conducted at CMU’s Beaver Island biological station. By Natasha Blakely. FOR PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, LEELANAU, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, ALCONA, HARBOR SPRINGS, OCEANA & ALL POINTS.
GRANDRAPIDSDAM: The long-awaited removal of the Sixth Street Dam on the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids has major implication for two aquatic species, and that means experts must figure out how to protect the endangered snuffbox mussel while ensuring that the invasive sea lamprey doesn’t move upstream. There may be lessons learned from dam removals in Lyons and Traverse City. By Ian Wendrow. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
w/GRANDRAPIDSDAMPHOTO: Sixth Street dam in downtown Grand Rapids: Credit: Environmental Protection Agency.
w/GRANDRAPIDSDAMMUSSEL: Endangered snuffbox mussel. Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
ECOINCENTIVES: Michigan’s $1 million challenge for proposals to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes is just one example of natural resource managers offering cash incentives to crowd-source for ideas to address environmental problems. By Talitha Tukura Pam. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, OCEANA, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU & ALL POINTS.
FRUITFLIES: A Michigan Tech scientist has coauthored the first guidebook to fruit flies found primarily in the Midwest. The online guidebook is laden with photos — plus drawings by his 5-year-old daughter. It includes techniques for trapping the insects with fruit and beer and provides advice such as going into the woods after a rainfall to catch a species that’s attracted to wild mushrooms that are toxic to humans. He hopes it will inspire more people to collect fruit flies as a hobby. By Carin Tunney. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE & ALL POINTS.