For Friday, Oct. 21, 2022
1 – Let’s go history hiking.
Joe Nash, the forester for Clare and Gladwin Conservation districts, is hosting a forest forensics hike at the George and Sue Lane Preserve in Gladwin on Nov. 4.
The hike is part of a series starting with an online webinar on Nov. 3 co-hosted by Michigan State University Extension. The webinar will include a sneak peek at each of the featured history hike locations.
Hikes will be led all over northern Michigan, starting on Friday, Nov. 4 in Gladwin County.
The upcoming event is in partnership with the Little Forks Conservancy of Midland.
Other hikes are planned for Eaton, Crawford, Marquette and Barry counties.
See bit.ly/hikemichigan to register.
2 – More than $212 million is coming to Michigan for water infrastructure projects, including in Saginaw.
The funding is via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency and local officials at the Saginaw Water Treatment Plant.
U.S. Rep Dan Kildee says a $15 million grant to Saginaw will go to build a new water tower. The tower will improve drinking water safety, affordability and reliability.
The local water system serves 170,000 people in the Saginaw region.
3 – Clean energy employment in Michigan grew by 6,300 jobs last year, up 5.6 percent.
That’s according to information shared by the Michigan Energy Innovation Council, which represents the state’s advanced energy industry.
A 2022 Clean Jobs Midwest report says Michigan has almost 120,000 clean energy jobs. That puts us just behind the state of Illinois for the most clean energy employment among Midwestern states.
Per capita, Michigan is the top state in the Midwest.
The “clean energy” industry described by the report includes energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, advanced transportation, grid and storage, and clean fuel sectors.
Advanced transportation jobs grew by 22 percent in Michigan in 2021, the fastest-growing of the sectors.