Sturgeon Finale and Energy Jobs Tally

For Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

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1 – Final 2019 sturgeon releases are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21.

The public is invited to join local, state and federal partners for the reintroduction of juvenile sturgeon into the Saginaw Bay watershed. 

Releases will occur at locations on the Tittabawassee River in Midland, Shiawassee River in Chesaning, Cass River in Frankenmuth and the Flint River in Flint. 

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A number of agencies, organizations and companies are playing roles in the effort to support sturgeon restoration in the Saginaw Bay watershed. 

These include rearing the fish, and education and restoration projects. Area schools raised baby sturgeon in their classrooms, including Western Middle School in Auburn.

Project supporters include the Bay City-based Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network

More information is online at SaginawBaySturgeon.org

 

2 – Energy efficiency is the fastest-growing segment of U.S. energy-sector employment, now employing more than 85,000 people in Michigan. 

That’s according to a new analysis from the nonprofit E4TheFuture and a national, nonpartisan business group called E2.

Energy efficiency workers now account for 20 percent of all energy workers in Michigan, and 28 percent nationally.

The new report finds energy efficiency jobs grew 3.4 percent nationally in 2018. That’s more than double the rate of growth for overall jobs nationwide. In Michigan, employers added more than 1,000 jobs in 2018.

Among states, California led the nation in energy-efficiency employment; Michigan was eighth.  

There are now more than 360,000 energy efficiency businesses operating across the U.S., including 17,000 in Michigan.

Energy efficiency jobs include those in manufacturing, such as building appliances, windows and doors and lighting systems. They also include jobs in construction, such as retrofitting buildings, offices and schools.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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