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August 29, 2018

CNS  August Environmental Package

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman

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3rd SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL PACKAGE: These stories are the result of a partnership between Capital News Service and Great Lakes Echo.

FALL SCHEDULE: Our 1st weekly file of the fall will be on Friday, Sept. 7.

BREW&PLASTIC: Microparticles of plastic are showing up in beers brewed from municipal water sourced from all five Great Lakes, according to a new study of 12 locally brewed beers, including ones from Holland and Alpena. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

BOARDMAN RIVER SERIES: The removal of a series of dams along the Boardman River is good news or bad, depending on whom you ask. These three stories provide varying perspectives from a tribal elder, a restoration advocate and a family with close,  long-times to the dams and the river. The stories can be run separately in any order or together as a package.

RIVERRESTORATIONELDER:  When the Brown Bridge Dam was being removed from the Boardman River tribal Hank Bailey of the  Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians feared that people would die because of damage caused by its removal. Six years later, he wants young people to develop the same kind of love he holds for the Boardman River, for the outdoors and for Mother Earth and “think about it daily in their lives so that it becomes that important.”  By Naina Rao. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/ELDERPHOTO: Hank Bailey of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians fishes in the Boardman River. Credit: Naina Rao.

RIVERRESTORATIONFAMILY: The Gibbs family helped build hydropower dams along the Boardman River. Now some of their descendants are unhappy that those dams have been or are being removed.” As 92-year-old Edna Sargent of Mayfield Township puts it, “We didn’t want to see the dams taken out because we like it the way it was. By Naina Rao. FOR ALL POINTS

w/FAMILYPHOTO: Members of the Gibbs family whose ancestors helped build the Boardman and Sabin dams along the Boardman River. Credit: Naina Rao.

RIVERRESTORATIONADVOCATE: Tawny Hammond, a long-time visitor and recent transplant to Traverse City, says dam removals and river restoration will benefit the local outfitting business that she helps run and that rents kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. “People would be able to paddle down the river unencumbered without any portages. I think it’s going to be beautiful,” she says. By Naina Rao: FOR ALL POINTS.

w/ADVOCATEPHOTO: Tawny Miller of River Outfitters in Traverse City by the Boardman River. Credit: Naina Rao.

MERCURYLEVELS: Mercury levels remain high in Western U.P .lakes, rivers and fish despite a substantial decline in airborne mercury emissions over the past 30 years, according to a new study from Michigan Tech and the EPA. That poses health risks. The U.P.’s extensive – and growing – wetlands play a major role in the problem as forested and wetland environments are returning as large northern tracts are converted to state and federal forests and wetland ditching is reduced. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.  



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