No Ice Is Safe Ice

Two recent articles show why “no ice is safe ice.” Links are embedded below. Both are worth reading.

Last week a Huffington Posts blog by Tom Gill showcased the beauty and magnificence of shelf ice on Lake Michigan. The article explains how that beauty is produced and what are the dangers of the winter coasts on the Great Lakes.

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An article on MLive Muskegon Chronicle contains further warnings about ice formations and also concludes that “no ice is safe ice.”

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Governor Snyder Vetoes SB78

Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder came out in support of conservation and good science when he vetoed Senate Bill 78, which would have blocked state agencies from designating land to protect biodiversity. Continue reading

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Support for White River

The property adjacent to the White River Township Dunes Sanctuary has been under threat from development for 20 years. Three times a developer has applied for DEQ permit to develop the plot. Three times a permit has been denied.

In the most recent attempt, the developer proposed an access road across the sanctuary, but he was unable to comply with the requirements of the critical dunes law.

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Agreement Reached in White River

Last year the DEQ rejected G-Bro’s permit application to build an access road across the White River Critical Dunes Sanctuary to gain access to a landlocked property with 200 feet of lakefront.

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G-Bro, a real estate developer, subsequently sued the township seeking an easement. The recent agreement puts further legal action on hold, and gives the township 18 months to raise $900,000 and buy the G-Pro property. The township plans to seek both private and public funding for the purchase.

Further information is available at MLive.com.

For history of the controversy search for “white River” in the box in the upper right corner of this page.

We will follow developments and keep you up-to-date.

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House Natural Resources Committee Approves SB78

Yesterday the natural resources committee approved Senate Bill
78. (See related posts.) It will proceed to a vote of the full House where it is expected to easily pass.

It is not too late to ask your representative to vote “no” on SB78 and to ask the governor to veto it if the House passes it.

Once again the House has demonstrated that only by electing legislators who value the natural environment and are committed to protecting it will the state’s natural resources be safe.

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Repeal Biodiversity?

Wrongheaded Bill Is Real Threat

The Natural Resources Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives has scheduled action on Senate Bill 78 for its meeting at 8:30 AM Tuesday, December 9. This is a bad bill and if passed into law will reverse over 100 years of Michigan’s protection of biodiversity.

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Passage of this wrongheaded bill will Continue reading

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Vote on Tuesday to protect the environment!

In a recent editorial on MLive.com, Lisa Wozniak, president of Michigan League of Conservation Voters, urged Michiganders to go to the polls to support environmental protection. There are clear choices this year. Only with strong committed leadership will the beauty and natural resources of the state be preserved for future generations.

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Visit http://www.michiganlcv.org for more information.

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Next chance to stand up for critical sand dunes

Today, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public hearing about a permit application to pave and widen a road that runs through 130 beautiful acres of dunes, along the coast of Lake Michigan near Saugatuck. The road work is part of a larger plan to fully develop the pristine site, but we have the chance now to speak out and defend Michigan’s dunes.

There are a few important ways you can take action to oppose dunes development:

1. Attend the DEQ’s public hearing on Monday, June 30th at 6 PM in the Saugatuck High School’s Library (401 Elizabeth St, Saugatuck, MI).

2.Submit a public comment to the DEQ in support of denying the permit and protecting Michigan’s sand dunes for future generations. Continue reading

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