Beach Cleanup Anniversary, Electric Inquiry, Camping Notifications

For Friday, Sept. 3, 2021


1 – The Adopt-a-Beach program is turning 30. 

Organizers from the Alliance for the Great Lakes are gearing up for an anniversary celebration. 

The program got its start in September 1991 as part of the International Coastal Cleanup

Adopt-a-Beach has grown into a year-round program, but the biggest annual day of action is still a September Adopt-a-Beach event. 

The Alliance is urging people to sign up online to participate in or host a cleanup for this year’s big day on Saturday, Sept. 18

Find more information online at

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2 – The Michigan Public Service Commission wants answers from electric utilities about their responses to recent storms.

These are storms that left more than 1 million residents without power, some for more than a week. 

The regulatory agency also has directed utilities to address how to best prepare for extreme storms that officials say have grown increasingly severe and frequent.

The order addresses recommendations made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month in letter to the Commission.

The order applies to DTE Electric, Consumers Energy and other regulated utilities. 

The utilities also were asked to provide cost and benefit information about moving established electric lines underground.

3 –

You can save time visiting and revisiting the state park camping reservation website with a new “notify me” feature. 

The upgrade will send you alerts if camping sites open at state parks. 

You can sign up for email notifications on the Michigan State Park & Harbor Reservations website to be notified when a campsite becomes available for selected dates. 

The site is at

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


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