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State parks examine role in solving obesity07/29/2014

Survey indicates few healthy food choices and campers' desire for more. ... MORE

Judge OKs settlement with Illinois resin manufacturer07/28/2014

The agreement resolves a decade-long dispute that began with EPA inspections in September 2004 of a plant then owned and operated by PolyOne Corp. ... MORE

Poll: A fifth of Michigan residents not Great Lakes wet yet07/28/2014

Michigan residents may live in a basin containing nearly 20 percent of the world's freshwater, but more than 21 percent failed to boat, swim or wade in a Great Lake in the past five years, according to a recent poll conducted by Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants. Here's what else the poll revealed: Only 13.5 percent […] ... MORE

Misguided priorities, contradictions and benign neglect plague water management07/25/2014

These are tough times for water. And we're still in our infancy when dealing with it in the Great Lakes. ... MORE

Photo Friday: Shipboard education07/25/2014

BaySail in Bay City, Mich., is a 15-year-old non profit organization that teaches students through scientific observations and measurements of weather, water quality, aquatic life, and human impact on the environment, says Scott Ellis, the Lake Huron organization’s communications manager. Lessons on board the tall ship Appledore IV encourage collaboration with peers and experts. Some […] ... MORE

Michigan lawmakers launch bipartisan search for energy freedom07/24/2014

Their bills tackle net metering, microgrids, fair-value pricing and community renewable-energy gardens. ... MORE

Michigan voters favor changing energy mix - especially if it doesn't cost anything07/23/2014

More than 42 percent of Michigan potential voters think the state should dramatically reduce its reliance on electricity generated from coal over the next 25 years as technology improves and costs decrease for other sources, according to a recent poll by Public Sector Consultants. But only 13 percent favor a dramatic drop in coal-produced electricity […] ... MORE

Michigan's Deer Lake could be taken off polluted hot spot list07/23/2014

Deer Lake in Ishpeming, Mich., classified as a major international toxic hot spot since 1987, may get a clean bill of health this year after decades of costly cleanup. ... MORE

Michigan's recycling rate is lousy - and people know it07/22/2014

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Petro pipelines: Public need or private profit?07/22/2014

Concerns about pipeline safety and disclosure continue to be the source of controversy. ... MORE