Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Oct 19, 2018 More than 60,000 tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel is stored on the shores of four of the five Great Lakes — in some cases, mere yards from the waterline — in still-growing stockpiles. “It’s actually the most dangerous waste produced by any industry in the history of the Earth,” said Gordon Edwards, president of the nonprofit Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. The spent nuclear fuel is partly from 15 current or former U.S. nuclear power plants, including four in Michigan, that have generated it over the past 50 years or more. But most of the volume stored along the Great Lakes, more than 50,000 tons, comes from Canadian nuclear facilities, where nuclear power is far more prevalent. It remains on the shorelines because there's still nowhere else to put it. The U.S. government broke a promise to provide the nuclear power … [Read more...] about Radioactive nuclear waste sits on Great Lakes’ shores
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Meira Gebel Detroit Free Press Published 3:26 PM EDT Sep 14, 2018 Thousands of volunteers on Saturday are expected to turn out Saturday for a massive cleanup of plastic pollution along the Great Lakes — except for Lake Huron. The map of planned cleanups for the annual Adopt-a-Beach event shows that the vast majority are spread across the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, followed by Lakes Erie, Superior and Ontario. But nothing shows up for rocky beaches of Lake Huron. A spokeswoman for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, which hosts the event, suggested that some Lake Huron events simply might not be registered. More: Chelsea High School won't be crowning homecoming queens anymore More: What's next for Detroit Red Wings with Henrik Zetterberg retiring? It looks like a beautiful weekend, so hopefully that will encourage people to come out," said the spokeswoman, Jennifer Caddick. "We are hoping to beat last year’s goal.” At last year's Adopt-a-Beach … [Read more...] about Lake Huron left out in Great Lakes beach cleanup
MI CLEAR Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 You might say LimnoTech serves as the eyes and ears for various governmental and other bodies that monitor environmental conditions in the Great Lakes, including those working to understand and resolve the recurring Lake Erie algal blooms. The Ann Arbor-based environmental engineering and science firm — which provides water-related services to clients throughout the U.S. and internationally — is a key gatherer of information on Great Lakes water quality. In addition to the conservation groups, universities and government organizations that are united to fight the Lake Erie algal blooms, LimnoTech and other Michigan businesses are rising to the mission. LimnoTech is contributing to research to improve the understanding of the causes and risks of blooms. “Essentially, we’re decreasing uncertainty for knowing what to do in reaction to algal blooms,” said Ed Verhamme, a LimnoTech project engineer. Probably … [Read more...] about Ann Arbor firm helps combat Lake Erie algal blooms to maintain water quality
Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Jul 11, 2018 At face value, it sounds nice. Get some former basketball stars — too old to play at the game's highest level yet too young to completely retire from competition — for a healthy run once a week during the summer. The Big3 league, featuring a host of former NBA All-Stars, drew more than 13,000 fans to Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., last week to watch four games of 3-on-3, half-court basketball where the first team to score 50 wins and players can shoot a 4-point shot. We'll see how many people pack Little Caesars Arena, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, to see a few former Detroit Pistons, including Chauncey Billups, Corey Maggette and Jason Maxiell play, along with basketball icon and Detroit product George Gervin and former Detroit Shock boss Nancy Lieberman as coaches. For those interested in watching, the action begins on Facebook at 6 and on … [Read more...] about Who wins if Detroit Pistons, Michigan, MSU created Great Lakes-style Big3 league?
Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 3:21 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 Lake St. Clair has worse E. coli bacterial contamination than Lake Erie. And goose poop — not humans — is the source of much of the E. coli readings being found along the Detroit River. Those are some of the early takeaways from a Canadian water quality study at the University of Windsor's Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research. The study utilized nearly 500 "citizen scientists" who, at about the same time on a day last August, took water samples along about 100 miles of Canadian-side shoreline and river bank, from southern Lake St. Clair, along the Detroit River, to northern Lake Erie. Institute officials believe it's the largest citizen scientist water sampling effort of its kind ever conducted anywhere. More: Surprising species helps Lake Michigan E. coli levels Saving Lake St. Clair: A Free Press special report Sea lamprey hunt set for Metro Detroit "All of … [Read more...] about Lake St. Clair has worse E. coli pollution than Lake Erie, study finds