Water Quality Monitoring, Bolder Climate Action, Fall Color Update

Approaching 500 posts. This is 487 – Blogging since June 2010:

For Friday, Oct. 7, 2022


1 – Where should water be monitored in the state? 

Michigan’s environmental agency is seeking input on where to focus its monitoring efforts.

The goals include identifying new and emerging water quality problems.

Next year, officials plan to target most monitoring resources to watersheds including the Thumb region. But recommendations for other watersheds will be considered. 

A water quality monitoring request form is online at Michigan.gov/egle

Forms for 2023 are due by Oct. 30.

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2 – A Michigan environmental group says the state needs to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Healthy Climate Plan outlines steps to reduce carbon emissions by 28 percent by 2025 and make the state carbon neutral by 2050. 

The Michigan Environmental Council, an umbrella group that includes Saginaw Bay area advocates, says the plan isn’t bold enough

A Climate Solutions Pathway from the group and partners focuses on the state’s four largest sources of emissions: electricity generation, transportation, buildings and appliances, and industry. 

The most impactful steps Michigan can take include enacting a 100 percent clean electricity standards, or double the standard in the state plan. 

You can find the Climate Solutions Pathway analysis at environmentalcouncil.org

3 – Fall color is on display this week in Northern Michigan. 

Credit: PunkToad

The state’s Pure Michigan program says events where you can see the hues of autumn include a Haunted Lighthouse Weekend today and Saturday in East Tawas (Oct. 7-8).

Farther north, this is the peak time for color in the UP. 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was voted as the No. 1 destination for fall foliage in the country in a recent USA Today poll

USA Today says “a favorite fall experience for leaf peepers is the drive on M-26 along the shores of Lake Roland and past the trees of Copper Country State Forest.”

– 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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