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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...Read More
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...Read More
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.
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...Read More
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...
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...Read More
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...
Animal Waste in the Great Lakes
Radio Interview: Windsor Morning, CBC News 97.5 FM
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...Read More
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...Read More