WASTEWATER MONITORING: State officials are publishing data from 19 Michigan sewage treatment plants and more than 400 wastewater collection systems to create an early warning system for COVID-19 outbreaks. The wastewater monitoring dashboard went live the week of Dec. 6 on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services wastewater website. We talk to an MSU water expert, a Hope College professor, the Detroit-based Great Lakes Water Authority, and the state health department. By Barbara Bellinger. FOR BIG RAPIDS, DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS, HOLLAND, SAULT STE. MARIE and TRAVERSE CITY.
The Eaton County Board of Commissioners Public Safety Committee is exploring a county ordinance that could allow off-road vehicles to operate on county roads. County Commissioner Tim Barnes, R-Mulliken, who chairs public safety committee, reached out to Delta Township and other local governments for feedback.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Even with fewer drivers on the road due to the pandemic, 2020 saw the number of accidents involving pedestrians rise 17%. We talk to officials in Southeast Michigan, Lansing, Traverse City and Charlevoix as well as the Highway Safety Planning.By Barbara Bellinger. FOR DETROIT, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, LANSING CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU and ALL POINTS.
MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINES: Michigan is turning up the heat on mental health hotlines. One proposal would support first responders going through trauma while another provides support from sufferers of the same mental illness. The proposal comes while the state seeks to establish a three digit number to access a national suicide prevention number. By Cameryn Cass. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.
TEENAGE HOMICIDES: Editors – In light of the shootings at Oxford High School we are calling your attention to a story on Michigan teenage homicides that moved on CNS Nov. 7, 2021. We are moving it again with a new top to reflect the Oxford homicides. If you did not use it then, you may wish to use this updated version. The number of Michigan teenagers killed by homicide jumped by 70% from 50 in 2019 to 85 in 2020. That’s more than double the 31% increase of all homicides for the same period, according to the FBI’s recent Uniform Crime Report. Social media, music and environmental triggers may be among the causes, say some experts who work with youthful offenders. We talk to Lansing and Flint youth counselors and a U-M expert. By Barbara Bellinger. FOR ALL POINTS