Plastic Pollution, Tawas Point Lighthouse

For Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

plastic-beach

Credit: David J

1 – What do all the Great Lakes have in common? Plastic pollution.

As 2017 comes to an end, the Alliance for the Great Lakes has released details from its ongoing beach cleanup program.

This year, 89 percent of all the litter picked up from Great Lakes beaches was plastic. And plastic has been the most common type of litter found for years.

Plastic never goes away. Once it’s in the water or on the beach, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. These microplastics, as they’re called, can then absorb toxic chemicals and be mistaken for food by fish and wildlife.

The Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach program helped remove plastic and other pollution during more than 500 cleanups in 2017, including along Saginaw Bay.

Throughout the lakes, volunteers picked up 36,128 pounds of trash in 2017.

2 – The application period is now open for next year’s Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program.

In 2018, the Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program will offer combined vacation and service opportunities for adults from May 16 to Oct. 16.

Those selected to be volunteer lighthouse keepers receive lodging in a restored keepers’ quarters next to the 1876 Tawas Point Lighthouse in Tawas Point State Park.

In exchange, participants provide about 35 hours of services each week in and around the lighthouse, which attracts visitors from all over the world.

Keeper duties include greeting visitors, giving tours, providing information about the lighthouse, and routine cleaning and maintenance.

Keepers stay in the second story of the keepers’ quarters attached to the lighthouse.

Accommodations include two bedrooms, which sleep up to four adults, and kitchen, bath and laundry facilities. Keepers must commit to a two-week stay at the lighthouse.

The application and additional information about the Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program is available at www.michigan.gov/tawaslighthouse.

The application period is open through Feb. 2, 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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The Oscars of Farming and Land for Sale

For Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

1- The Oscars of farming is coming to Saginaw Bay.

The awards program is being organized by The Nature Conservancy to ecognize Saginaw Bay area farmers, agribusinesses and conservation professionals that have made significant contributions to agricultural conservation in the watershed.

Nominations are now open for the awards, in categories from Conservation Innovation to Veteran and Newcomer. The Conservancy wants to shine a spotlight on exemplary work to improve agricultural practices for people and nature.

The organization has been working with farmers and others in the area for the past few years to test innovative conservation program aimed at reducing sediment runoff in the watershed.

The inaugural awards dinner is planned for March in Bay City, the same month as the Academy Awards.

Farm award winners will be selected by a committee that includes representatives from the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Bureau, Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development and Delta Institute.

To make a nomination or to learn more, go online to nature.org/sagbayawards.

 

2 – Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.

mark twain buy land

Credit: The Met

The state is auctioning off surplus land starting Dec. 12.

The sale is by sealed bid, and runs from Dec. 12 through Jan. 10. There are 80 parcels in counties including Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Gladwin, Midland, Oscoda and Roscommon.

Properties range in size from less than an acre to 146 acres. Several are forested and have riverside or lake frontage.

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources say the lands for sale are isolated from other DNR-managed public land, difficult to manage and provide limited public outdoor recreation benefits.

More Information on the auction is available at www.michigan.gov/landforsale.

– 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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