Feb. 3, 2017 — Week 3
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SELFCAREMONTH: A Senate resolution promoting healthy lifestyle choices was adopted on Jan. 26. Introduced by a Lawton senator, the resolution recognizes February as Self Care Month. We talk to the sponsor, a therapist in Holland, president of the Kalamazoo National Alliance on Mental Illness and Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s director of operations. By Caitlin Taylor. FOR HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, BLISSFIELD, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS ENBRIDGELINE5: As Michigan awaits the mid-year results of a $3.6 million study of the safety of Enbridge Line 5, the oil and natural gas pipeline that traces the Mackinac Straits, environmental groups and local activists fear the study won’t be comprehensive, at least in part because Enbridge is putting up the money. But DEQ insists that the researchers are protected from influence. We speak with the Sierra Club, DEQ and a tribal fisheries expert about their concerns. FOR ALPENA, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, LEELANAU, BIG RAPIDS, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, MONTMORENCY, ALCONA & ALL POINTS.
RURALWATERISSUES: With a national focus on the Flint Water Crisis, rural areas struggling with water quality issues are left out of the national conversation. According to the Sierra Club, rural areas are underinvesting in water treatment needs at a higher rate than cities are, and that coupled with a lack of infrastructure creates problems with providing safe drinking water. Most rural residents depend on private wells for their water, and according to the 21st Century Infrastructure Committee, Michigan leads the nation in the number of private wells. By Laura Bohannon. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, ST. IGNACE, LUDINGTON, MARQUETTE, GLADWIN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, OCEANA, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, LAKE COUNTY, GREENVILLE, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, LEELANAU & ALL POINTS.
MICHNATURECONCERNS: Environmental advocates are alarmed about the future of the state’s public lands and natural resources under the new Trump administration. The idea of transferring federal land ownership to states or private entities is contentious; and combined with questions concerning Trump’s intentions for fracking in the country’s natural areas, it remains unclear how things will shape up for Michigan. We speak with officials from the Sierra Club, as well as the executive director of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. By Laina Stebbins. FOR BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY, OSCEOLA, GLADWIN, GREENVILLE, OCEANA, CADILLAC, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDSm GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
CLEANENERGY: Northport, Grand Rapids and Traverse City are pioneers in the effort to get all of their energy resources from renewables, like wind and solar power. Michigan also has eight communities getting their climate action in place. Each locality has different path to reach the goal. The commitments of the 100 percent clean energy plan at local levels will push Michigan toward environmental protection, even as federal and state laws are lacking.We speak with the Traverse City mayor, Sierra Club and others involved in these plans. By Chao Yan. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
OMENA: The National Park Service has placed the scenic Omena Historic District in Leelanau County on the National Register of Historic Places, based on its architecture and connections with Native Americans, agriculture, maritime trade and summer tourism. There are 22 other Leelanau County sites and 13 Grand Traverse County sites on the National Register. By Eric Freedman. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY & ALL POINTS.
w/OMENAPHOTO: The 1858 Omena Presbyterian Church, formerly New Grove Mission Church. Credit: Wiki Commons
STATEOFENVIRONEMNT: The governor’s State of the State Address hit on several major environmental issues, including the threatened invasion of the Great Lakes by Asian carp, wetlands preservation and environmental justice. We also hear from the top Democrat on the Senate Natural Resources Committee and the Michigan Environmental Council. By Morgan Linn. FOR ALL POINTS.
Feb. 3, 2017 — Week 3