Michigan at All-Time High for Recycling, in No. 1 Spot for Summer Camping, with New Satellite Overhead

For Friday, May, 19, 2023


1 – Michigan’s recycling rate has reached an all-time high. 

The state says it’s due to growing access to services. 

An analysis by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the rate has increased by about 35 percent since 2019. 

The rate is now 19.3 percent, equating to about 110 pounds of recyclables per person per year. 

Since 2019, the state has nearly doubled the number of curbside recycling carts and drop-off sites available to households. 

More than $7 million in grants have gone to local governments for recycling infrastructure and technology. 

A survey found that Michigan residents are more knowledgeable these days about best practices for recycling

2 – The most popular state for camping this summer is Michigan. 

Campspot, an online marketplace for RV resorts, cabins and campsites, says Michigan is No. 1 just above California at No. 2. 

Others in the Top 10 for most popular states for camping this summer include Wisconsin at No. 3, Montana at No. 4 and Maine at No. 5. 

Campspot adds that states seeing the biggest growth in summer demand include Vermont at No. 1, Rhode Island at No. 2 and Georgia at No. 3. 

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3  – A new satellite promises a “treasure trove of data” on the Great Lakes. 

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite, or SWOT for short, was launched into space in December 2022. 

Image from Mission overview video about the international SWOT mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/Thales Alenia Space

An associate professor with the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth says the satellite will change our understanding of the Great Lakes. 

That includes technology to measure surface currents at scale. With this, the satellite can help spot the potential for harmful algal blooms, and track pollution and fish larvae moving through the lakes. 

Data from the satellite also will be used to monitor drought conditions and improve flood forecasts. 

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Public Radio 90.1 FM (listen live). Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes


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