March 14, 2014 – Week 8
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BEACHCLOSINGS: The number of pollution-related beach closings and health advisories has dropped in recent years but an MSU expert says nearshore waters remain at risk, especially in urban areas. Researchers have tested sediments in Lake St. Clair showing a deterioration of water quality during the past century. We also talk to experts in Ottawa County and Michigan Sea Grant in Ann Arbor. By Qing Zhang. FOR HOLLAND, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MANISTEE, CHEBOYGAN, ALPENA, ALCONA, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
w/BEACHCLOSINGSTABLE: Percentage of monitored beaches with no closings or advisories. Source: Department of Environmental Quality.
COLDCOWS: The long cold winter has cows slipping on the ice and catching pneumonia more often while eating more feed and producing less milk. We talk to MSU experts and farmers in Missaukee, Antrim, Menominee and Sanilac counties. By Darcie Moran. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, MACOMB DAILY, CADILLAC NEWS, CHEBOYGAN, GREENVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY, GLADWIN, BLISSFIELD, STURGIS AND ALL POINTS.
FLOODPREP: Heavy snowfall and warming weather have state and local officials bracing for spring floods. We talk to state police and local emergency managers. By Danielle Woodward. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.
SCIENCEEDUCATION: After solving the crisis of dwindling bees in West Michigan, and illustrating a Great Lakes ecological issue through stop-animation, how about creating an original music video to promote local geology? Instead of wading through graded homework and exam review sheets, Michigan’s Hamilton Middle School’s seventh-grade science curriculum is comprised almost entirely of creative, collaborative projects. The futurePrep Connections program is a partnership between the Ottawa Area School District and local businesses. By Becky McKendry. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, GRAND RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.
OSPREY: The osprey has rebounded in Michigan but now it faces a new threat: Workers who may remove their nests to better access the state’s burgeoning communication and power towers. The nests also weigh down towers and lines, and in some instances even cause fires. By Evan Kreager. FOR ALL POINTS.
CURRICULUM: High school students could learn algebra while working with metal under legislation pending in the Senate. The proposal is to alter graduation requirements to make it easier to learn skills while attending high school. The bills are supported by the Michigan Farm Bureau and the National Federal of Independent Business and opposed by high school administrators concerned it will affect graduation rates. By Ashley Weigel. FOR ALL POINTS.
LANDFILLS: The state’s landfills took in less trash last year than previously, continuing a 10-year trend, but the amount of waste from other states and Canada rose, a DEQ report shows. Factors include recycling and digitizing paper records. We talk to DEQ, Michigan Waste Industries Association and Waste Management Co. By Qing Zhang. FOR MACOMB, DEADLINE DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
w/LANDFILLSTABLE1: Solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills, 2004-2013. Source: Department of Environmental Quality
w/LANDFILLTABLE2: Imported waste by state or country of origin. Source: Department of Environmental Quality.
March 14, 2014 – Week 8