JULY 14, 2016 — Summer Environmental Budget #2
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Dave Poulson
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SECOND SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL COVERAGE: Through our partnership with Great Lakes Echo, this is the second of three summer packages of Michigan environmental stories. The third set will come in August.
You may also want to use this Great Lakes Echo Michigan environmental podcast on your website: “Anthology editor discusses art of being happy anyway in Flint at http://greatlakesecho.org/2016/07/06/anthology-editor-discusses-art-of-being-happy-anyway-in-flint.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
UNDERWATERRESEARCH: Scientists are using satellite technology to spot submerged Great Lakes shipwrecks that may jeopardize navigation and release oil and toxic pollutants into the water. We hear from experts at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and NASA. By Colleen Otte. FOR ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, OCEANA & ALL POINTS.
w/UNDERWATERRESEARCHPHOTO: A diver investigates the wheel from the sunken schooner “FT Barney” in Lake Huron. Credit: Joe Hoyt/NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
WOLVES&DEER: Grey wolves, resurgent in the U.P., are good for wildflowers and young red maples and sugar maples. That’s because one of their favorite prey, white-tailed deer, are adapting their grazing behavior to avoid high wolf-use areas, says a study done in the Western U.P.by DNR and Notre Dame scientists. That increases the chances for survival of such wildflowers as nodding trillium and the Canada mayflower, as well as young maples that otherwise would be on the deer’s menu. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE & ALL POINTS.
W/WOLVESDEERPHOTO: White-tailed deer. Credit: Department of Natural Resources.
PARKVISITORS: Michigan’s state park system is trying to expand its visitor base, including attracting first-time campers, and strengthen its environmental protection efforts. We also look at similar efforts in neighboring Ontario and Ohio and hear about the Wisconsin state parks’ financial woes. By Josh Bender. FOR ALL POINTS
WATER&TOURISM: It’s too early to know if national and international attention on Flint’s municipal water crisis may tarnish the Great Lakes region’s image of pure water, but there is a tie between the perceived quality of water and its value. We hear from experts from Travel Michigan — which works with 42 local partners, such as Alpena, Charlevoix, Grand Rapids, Michigan Wines and Detroit, and whose Pure Michigan campaign marks its 10th anniversary — MSU, DNR and water-related companies in Detroit and Plymouth. By Kelly vanFrankenhuyzen. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/WATER&TOURISMPHOTO: Lake Michigan sunset near Petoskey. Credit: Kelly vanFrankenhuyzen.
HOPEFORASH: Researchers at MSU and Wayne State say the devastation wrought by the emerald ash borer in Michigan may not be total. Studies done in areas where a single ash species — green ash — grows found that dying trees made room for new ash seedlings rather than other species. Meanwhile, a facility in Brighton is breeding and releasing the Asian wasp which preys on the borer, By Colleen Otte. FOR ALLPOINTS.
LOOKINGATFLINT: Former Flint Journal reporter Scott Atkinson, who now teaches at the University of Michigan-Flint, has compiled an anthology of stories about America’s industrial Outback. “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology” contains some of the first non-news stories published about Flint since that city gained international attention for lead in its water. But these are stories that refuse to treat that crisis as the city’s defining moment. They barely mention it. The story of Flint is deeply nuanced. The water disaster is just another challenge to overcome for people who remain defiantly happy. Commentary. By Dave Poulson. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/LOOKINGATFLINTCOVER: “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology.” Credit: Belt Publishing.