Environment

Watching Lawn Fertilizer Can Help Great Lakes

Apr 20, 2017
Community Members chat at the Vine Neighborhood Community Garden during a Common Grounds-hosted gardens tour - file photo
Maggie Kane

The Great Lakes have been struggling for years in its battle against phosphorous loading. While experts say much of the phosphorous is coming from farms, there’s plenty the average gardener can do to help keep from adding to the problem. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

​The Trump administration’s proposed federal budget poses a serious threat to the environment locally and globally, two elected representatives and a Western Michigan University political science professor say.

60th House District Representative Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes who’s also with the League of Conservation Voters, and WMU’s Paul Clements spoke at the Northside Association for Community Development Monday.

Employees with MDEQ's first wetland monitoring program floating their gear over a stream. File photo
Anne Garwood, MDEQ

(Great Lakes Today) Wetland habitat restoration will be among the issues highlighted at an upcoming public meeting aimed at improving the state of the Great Lakes. 

Great Lakes Shipping Season Begins Monday

Mar 20, 2017
File photo of the South Haven lighthouse
WMUK

(Great Lakes Today) The Great Lakes shipping season officially kicks off Monday with the opening of the Welland Canal, the shipping channel that connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

Trump Budget Proposal Cuts Great Lakes Restoration

Mar 17, 2017
iStock/Elizabeth Quillian

(Great Lakes Today) The outline of President Trump’s 2018 budget is out – and it eliminates the $300 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which finances environmental projects all over the region. 

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