Asian Carp Solutions from 27 Countries, Agriculture Census to 3 Million Producers

For Nov. 17, 2017

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1 – A Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge has netted more than 350 entries.

The Challenge sought solutions to stop the movement of invasive carp.

Michigan officials say entries were received from 27 countries.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, with up to eight solutions selected for awards of $25,000.

First-round awards will be announced in February.

For final awards, a select number of Stage 1 awardees will present their ideas for additional cash awards totaling up to $500,000.

A live event is planned for March 2018 in Detroit.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge during his State of the State address in January. The state pledged $1 million to seek innovative methods to prevent the movement of invasive carp into Lake Michigan.

2 – Everyone is affected by rural development.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking a 2017 Census of about 3 million producers.

They’re encouraging those who receive surveys to fill out the questionnaires.

Data collected from the survey affects how resources are directed to things such as roads and disaster relief.

Census data also is used in the development of new technologies and helps direct agriculture education in schools.

This year, the department will collect new information, including expanded questions about food marketing practices.

Census responses are due by Feb. 5, 2018.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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Michigan Makes It Easier to Snag Best Camp Sites, Saginaw Library Recognized

For Nov. 3, 2017

1 – A new Michigan reservation policy is meant to make it easier for people to secure campsites at many of the state’s most-visited parks.

The new Department of Natural Resources policy that took effect this week encourages people to firm up their reservations further in advance of planned camping dates.

Campers still can make reservations up to six months in advance.

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The new structure retains a $10 cost to cancel or modify a camping reservation. It adds an additional incremental fee based on the length of time between the date of the initial reservation and the planned arrival date.

Rather than holding onto several blocks of campsites at a campground – or in some cases, multiple campgrounds – the new policy encourages campers to finalize their plans as soon as possible. So a reservation held for up to two months will incur a 10 percent fee to modify or cancel, and one held for longer than five months will incur a 40 percent fee to modify or cancel.

For more information, see Michigan.gov/camping.


2 – 
The Hoyt Library in Saginaw was honored by Gov. Rick Snyder for an energy project.

The Governor’s Energy Excellence Award was given to eight individuals and organizations for efforts to reduce energy waste.

The winners and finalists were announced at a ceremony in Detroit last month.

Hoyt was recognized as a finalist for the Best Public Project. Officials say the 126-year-old library was costly to operate, subject to inconsistent temperatures and unchecked humidity was creating serious mold problems.

With help from a Consumers Energy audit and grant, the library invested in a high-efficiency boiler, a more efficient chiller, automation controls for its HVAC system, and a new and improved air quality system. The improvements are expected to save on annual natural gas costs and improve the building’s environment for staff, patrons, and the books it houses.

Winning energy solutions ranged from improving existing structures with energy-efficient, state-of-the-art heating, cooling and lighting systems to constructing new buildings.Consumers Energy won for the Best Communication or Education Program.

– Via GLREA

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

 

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