Fall Color Spots, Ballot Initiative, Beach Sampling

For Friday, Aug. 28, 2020


1 – The first day of fall is Sept. 22, which means the leaves will be turning soon. 

Pure Michigan is promoting unique places to see fall color in the Saginaw Bay region. 

State tourism officials are pointing to October autumn cruises on the Appledore tall ships out of Bay City and the longest canopy walk in the country at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland. 

Other suggestions include guided wildlife spotting at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County and 19 miles of trails at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. 

For more information, see GoGreat.com

Canopy walk curve. Credit: Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens

2 – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is urging people to support a November ballot proposal to protect Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund. 

The fund uses royalties from oil and gas revenue to fund public parks, habitat revitalization and protection of land and drinking water. 

The league says the ballot initiative would remove a cap on revenue collected from royalties and streamline distribution of the trust fund money to conservation and recreation. 

For more information,see MIWaterWildlifeParks.com.

3 – For the fifth year, the state has resumed the sampling of algal blooms and shoreline deposits of muck along Saginaw Bay.

The work is to help the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy better understand water quality issues and factors impacting the quality of beaches. 

Teams in the agency’s Water Resources Division collected samples in June and July with plans to do more testing this month and next. 

The testing is to examine potential impacts of excess nutrients and harmful algal blooms on public beaches. 

A state biologist says that under current conditions, aquatic plants make up most of the muck observed on beaches, and algae makes up a much smaller portion.

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


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