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Michigan’s plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie won’t get the job done (MEC)

July 14, 2017

Water protection groups submit comments on draft plan Jul 14, 2017, Michigan Environmental Council

The state of Michigan's plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie shows good intentions but lacks teeth to make sure we will actually see any significant improvement in the water quality of the lake. 

On Thursday the Michigan Environmental Council and eight water protection groups submitted extensive...

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Forecasters: Lake Erie algae bloom shaping up as big and possibly harmful

July 13, 2017

This year's bloom is predicted by NOAA to be much larger than average - just under the size of the 2014 bloom that left 500,000 without drinking water. (Detroit Free Press)

The forecast for western Lake Erie for later this summer into fall?: Green and mucky.

The algae blooms that have plagued the lake in recent years...

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Illegal Labor at Dairy Farms = Guilty Plea (Michigan)

July 11, 2017

RUTH, Mich. (AP) — A judge has accepted a guilty plea in an investigation of illegal labor at dairies in Michigan's Thumb region.

Madeline Burke pleaded guilty to hiring people without verifying that they were eligible to work in the U.S. The government says the workers were in the U.S. illegally.

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Fix Lake Erie’s algae problem – Detroit News, 7/6/17

July 6, 2017

Detroit News:Tom Zimnicki, Agriculture policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council

In recent remarks about Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem, the head of Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) sounded eerily similar to lobbyists for Big Tobacco when they sought to delay necessary action to address the dangers of smoking.

During a recent conference call with reporters, the...

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As Lake Erie algae season looms, Michigan punts on new farm rules

July 6, 2017

MLIVE.COM: LANSING, MI -- On the cusp of what's expected to be another sizable summer algae bloom in Lake Erie, the state of Michigan has released a plan for improving the lake that critics say doesn't do enough to reduce nutrient-laden runoff from farms.

The state calls the 23-page Domestic Action Plan for...

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Advocates assert Ohio Department of Agriculture lacks legal authority

June 16, 2017

Link to Senate Bill 141 (2002)

Toledo Blade, 6/7/2017
COLUMBUS — Toledo-based Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie this morning asserted the Ohio Department of Agriculture has lacked legal authority to issue or enforce permits for more than 200 of the state’s livestock facilities large enough to be classified as concentrated animal feeding operations, or...

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Radio Interview: Animal Waste in the Great Lakes: CBC News

June 10, 2017

Animal Waste in the Great Lakes

Radio Interview: Windsor Morning, CBC News 97.5 FM
Windsor, Canada

One of the larger challenges in running a livestock farm is dealing with waste from the animals. Tony Doucette spoke with Pam Taylor, whose family has farmed land in Lenawee County, Michigan since 1837.

Radio Interview at link. (9:35...

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Michigan activists shine light on factory farms in bid to protect lakes

June 8, 2017

LENAWEE COUNTY, Mich. — Farming is in Pam Taylor’s blood. Her family has been farming in rural Lenawee County on Michigan’s southern border since 1837.

That’s the year Michigan became a state, one surrounded by the most amazing concentration of fresh water in the world. But in recent years, she’s become increasingly worried that those lakes are being threatened by giant “factory...

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The Great Lakes are being poisoned by poop – Detroit Metro Times

June 8, 2017

The Great Lakes are being poisoned by poop 

Pam Taylor, a woman I admire a great deal, lives in a rural community in Lenawee County, not far from the Ohio border, a place where her family has been farming since 1837.

You wouldn't call her lifestyle wild and crazy. A...

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