The Dickinson County Road Commission paves a road with a rubber-modified asphalt that uses recycled tires.

Thousands of tires hitting the roads may end up in them

TIRES: Michigan may have a sustainable answer, at least in part, to fixing its roads: asphalt made from recycled rubber tires. A partnership among state regulators, Michigan Tech and county road commissions is looking to reduce the piles of used tires. State grants support such efforts. We hear from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, a Muskegon official and a Michigan Tech expert. By Anna Barnes. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.

The Smart Lake Erie Watershed Initiative’s buoys are retrieved in the winter and redeployed in the spring to prevent damage to the sensors.

Smart buoys help brace Great Lakes for environmental challenges

SMART BUOYS: Lake Erie is the first Great Lake getting connected to the internet with a series of offshore “smart” buoys, which provides invaluable data to researchers and anglers. Plans are to extend the technology to other Great Lakes. Michigan TechUniversity and Lake Superior State are part of the collaboration. By Daniel Schoenherr. FOR MONROE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, OCEANA COUNTY, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, PLANET DETROIT, IRON MOUNTAIN AND ALL POINTS.

Genevieve Fox, far right, and other journalists tour the Carmeuse Lime Manufacturing Plant in River Rogue, and hear Simone Sagovic, the project manager at the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition, speak about health problems of people living nearby.

Reporting on the environment is a tough job

ENVIRONMENTAL FESTIVAL: The Great Lakes Environmental Festival will take place in Manistee in April. We talked to environmental journalist Genevieve Fox, who will speak at the festival and the University of Detroit Mercy professor who organized the event. By Clara Lincolnhol. FOR LUDINGTON, PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

Lake trout and whitefish leather dyed with natural indigo.

Twenty companies pledge to use all parts of Great Lakes fish

USING FISH: Fish-leather purses and wallets may make their way into Great Lakes fashion with an initiative to use 100% of commercially caught fish by 2025. One of the latest projects is to fully use the region’s whitefish, lake trout, yellow perch, walleye and white sucker. Mackinaw City might be one research site. Companies in L’Anse, Detroit, Manistee and Munising participate. It also involves the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. We learn more from the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. By Shealyn Paulis. FOR MONROE, ALPENA, ALCONA, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

Mike Yoder, founder of Drone Deer Recovery, flies a drone used to recover deer carcasses.

Lawsuit could complicate drone laws for hunters and anglers.

DRONES, DEER & FISH: Do drones mesh or clash with hunting and fishing ethics and regulations. A company that uses drones to locate deer carcasses is suing to challenge Michigan’s ban on the practice. Meanwhile, wildlife officials, anglers and hunters debate the ethics and implications of drone use. We hear from the head of the company, the Natural Resources Commission chair, the DNR and a Holland angler. For news and outdoors sections. By Ben Eiler. FOR HOLLAND, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

Big Randy, the sturgeon in Katie Bryant’s seventh-grade class, is pictured in its tank at LakeVille Middle School. Her class is one of several Michigan science classrooms that incorporate sturgeon into their curriculum, using it to teach children about conservation and natural resources.

Kids raise prehistoric fish as a science lesson

KIDS & STURGEON: Students at a Genesee County middle school are raising an endangered young sturgeon in their classroom to learn about conservation and environmental stewardship. It will be released into the wild in the Cass River near Frankenmuth, part of a program designed by Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a group involved with the DNR in the annual sturgeon finishing event at Black Lake near Cheboygan. Other schools participating are in Alcona, Cheboygan, Holt, Indian River, Onaway, Zeeland and Frankenmuth. By Jack Armstrong. FOR PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, ALCONA, ALPENA AND ALL POINTS.

Despite threats and attacks, Peruvian journalist Manuel Calloquispe continues to cover environmental controversies, saying, “I decided that if I don’t do it, who else will do it?”

Environmental journalism danger commentary

ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM DANGERS COMMENTARY: Environmental journalism can be a high-risk calling because reporting on such issues and uncovering corruption, illegality and abuse of power threatens the economic and political clout of dishonest and incompetent government officials and corporations. We hear first-person accounts from international and U.S. environmental journalists. Commentary for news and opinion sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

Lansing Human Relations Department promotes National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week with Community Connect event

Lansing’s Human Relations and Community Service Department (HRCSD) hosted its Community Connect event at the Capital Area Transit Authority (CATA) downtown transportation center as a part of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. HRCSD has been doing this outreach event for the homeless for some years now but this is their second year holding the event at the CATA center to accommodate the increase in attendees.