Photo Ambassadors, Waste Management and Water Stewardship

For Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

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1 – Do you have an eye for taking great photos of Michigan’s natural wonders? 

The state is looking for photo ambassadors interested in exploring state parks and other Michigan-managed properties. 

Those interested should have a public Instagram account and a love for the outdoors. 

Perks include an expanded social media influence by getting featured on the @MiStateParks Instagram account (which has nearly 50,000 followers) and Michigan state parks swag.

To apply, fill out an online application or text the word “photo” to 80888 by Nov. 20.

2 – We’re No. 14. 

That’s where Michigan ranks in a new list of best and worst states for waste management. 

The rankings were released ahead of America Recycles Day by a national lawn care services company called LawnStarter. America Recycles Day is Sunday, Nov. 15. 

LawnStarter compared 14 metrics across four categories to determine the best and worst states at managing waste. Those metrics include the presence of plastic-bag bans, mandatory recycling laws and the number of recycling facilities per 100,000 residents. 

The best states include Vermont in the top spot followed by Oregon and California. 

At the bottom were New Mexico, Nevada and Alaska.

Michigan was ranked at No. 14 just above Idaho and below North Carolina. 

3 – The Michigan Water Stewardship Program is 10 years old and has a new website at miwaterstewardship.org.

Organizers say the website is a great tool for residents, students and educators. The program aims to educate people about water resources and voluntary steps people can take to conserve water. 

The Michigan Water Stewardship Program is put on by the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development and managed by the Eaton Conservation District.

Under a Residents category, the website includes information on common water quality issues in Michigan and simple steps people can take to reduce pollution in waterways. 

Those include using a filter on your washing machine to keep microfibers from being released to the wastewater stream and building up in the environment. 

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

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