CMU Pollution Prevention, Fall and Winter Travel, Little Forks River Sampling

For Friday, Sept. 23, 2022


1 – Central Michigan University will use a national grant to help businesses prevent pollution. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the $135,000 grant, one of the 39 made possible by President Biden’s infrastructure law. 

The grants are to help states, Tribes and academic institutions implement practices to prevent or reduce pollution before it’s created.

A CMU director says its project objective is to help businesses in the automotive manufacturing sector improve their competitiveness through pollution prevention (aka P2). 

Assistance will be provided to selected businesses located in underserved communities in Central Michigan. There also will be training and a roundtable discussion.

2 – The first day of fall was this week (Thursday, Sept. 22). And the state of Michigan is out with a Fall and Winter Travel Guide. 

Photo by Stanislav Kondratiev on

The guide is available in print and digital versions, including at Michigan welcome centers across the state and online.

Officials say the guide is an excellent resource to learn more about Michigan, plan your next vacation and stay caught up on events across the state over the coming months. 

If you’re interested in fall color tours, you also can sign up for weekly fall color updates online at

3 – Speaking of fall, volunteers are needed for fall stream sampling. 

The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland is coordinating sampling on the Cedar River to monitor water quality and gather macroinvertebrates living in the water. 

Macroinvertebrates are tiny bottom-dwelling animals including crustaceans, worms and aquatic insects. Some are tolerant to poor water quality; others are not able to survive in polluted waters. Knowing what types of macroinvertebrates are living in the water can be used to determine water quality at each site along the river.

The next stream sampling event is Saturday, Oct. 8, at six sites along the river in Gladwin and Clare counties. 

For more details or to sign up, visit

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


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