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2nd SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS PACKAGES: This is thesecond of the summer’s three regular monthly packages of Michigan environmental stories for CNS members, in partnership with Great Lakes Echo.
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LAKESMUSIC: A Lansing couple’s forthcoming vinyl album, “Fair Mitten (New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin),” pays homage to Michigan’s history and natural beauty. One song describes what the Michigan Territory was like during the War of 1812, ranging from beer to from trading. They were also inspired by a map of the Grand Rapids-Indiana railroad line because the idea of traveling from Indiana to Michigan by railroad to go fishing captured their imaginations. By Kate Habrel. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
LANTERNLITTER: A group of lawmakers, including ones from Sterling Heights, Lansing and Grand Rapids, want to ban popular Chinese sky lanterns, saying they can kill livestock, strangle wildlife and cause fires. Lanterns can soar more than a thousand feet and travel for more than a mile, depending on winds. That makes them dangerous, the lead sponsor says. Light the Sky-Grand Rapids recently held a lantern launch at the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa. We also talk to an Ionia County farmer, the Michigan Farm Bureau and an MSU veterinarian. A West Branch farmer has posted about the problem. By Carin Tunny. FOR GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
FISHCONTAMINANTS: A new study of Great Lakes fish consumption advisories suggests that health agencies consider the potential adverse impacts of multiple contaminants at the same time, not one contaminant at a time. We hear from a University of Windsor researcher and experts at the National Wildlife Foundation in Ann Arbor and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. By Jack Nissen. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, OCEANA, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, ALCONA, SAULT STE. MARIE, HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, ST. IGNACE, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN & ALL POINTS.
What happens to the components of abandoned buildings in Michigan — the lumber, furnishing and fittings? MSU scientists studying a new field they dubbed “domicology” say these valuable resources can be reused rather than landfilled. Our five stories tell readers all about it. These stories can stand alone or run as a series or package.
DOMICOLOGY1: Constructing, remodeling and demolishing buildings have significant environmental impacts: Natural resources are used to build them and large amounts of waste are sent to landfills when they come down. MSU researchers — “domicologists” — explain. By Darien Velasquez. FOR LANSING CITY LIMITS & ALL POINTS
w/DOMICOLOGY1PHOTO: Architectural salvage products at Materials Unlimited, an antique and restoration shop in Ypsilanti. Credit: Lucy Schroeder
DOMICOLOGY2: Sometimes deconstruction can yield surprising finds—like human body parts. Workers with the nonprofit Reclaim Detroit deconstruction organization, once saw a human arm among other trash in the basement of a blighted house. At first, they thought there was a body in the house but on closer inspection realized it was just a mannequin. There’s a move in Detroit to train city residents for deconstruction jobs and to reuse pieces of an estimated 183,000 homes there while fighting blight. By Lucy Schroeder. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/DOMICOLOGY2PHOTO: Iron roof cresting from Detroit City Hall that Materials Unlimited is restoring for use in a new brewery at Detroit’s Eastern Market. Credit: Lucy Schroeder.
DOMICOLOGY3: What can you do with all the wood salvaged from empty buildings? Experts from MSU, the U.S. Forest Service, Reclaim Detroit and a company that makes cross-laminated timber products By Lucy Schroeder. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/DOMICOLOGY3PHOTO: Cross-laminated timber products showing the alternating directions in the layers of wood. Credit: Structurlam
DOMICOLOGY4: Muskegon once was the “Lumber Queen of the World” and has been called “the Port City” and the “Riviera of the Midwest.” At the peak of the lumbering era it was a bustling hub for processing logs into timber, and Chicago was rebuilt after the devastating fire of 1871 with timber from Muskegon. Now officials hope to add “Deconstruction Hub of the Great Lakes” to the city’s titles. Advocates of the city’s port want some of that timber to come back. That could happen if Muskegon becomes a hub for deconstructing some of the same cities it helped build. By Lucy Schroeder. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
w/DOMICOLOGY4PHOTO: Port of Muskegon. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
DOMICOLOGY5: Can Great Lakes cities throughout the region, including Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo, benefit from creative and economically viable ways of reusing materials from abandoned buildings? Yes, experts say, although the scope and scale of such efforts is still unknown. By Abigail Heath. FOR ALL POINTS
w/DOMICOLOGY5PHOTO: Recycled doors from Materials Unlimited in Detroit. Credit: Lucy Schroeder