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Re: E-M:/ MI Supreme Court Victory on Takings

Enviro-Mich message from Poulsondav <Poulsondav@aol.com>

On Michigan Live today:

LANSING - Environmentalists and state regulators have won an 
unprecedented test of the government's ability to protect the 
environment. The Michigan Supreme Court in a unanimous decision Tuesday
reversed two 
lower court decisions that had awarded $5.9 million to K & K 
Construction Inc., an Oakland County developer denied a wetland permit. 

WASHINGTON - Lake Champlain isn't "great" anymore. 
A deal cut Tuesday in the U.S. Senate would repeal the Vermont lake's 
status as the nation's sixth Great Lake - a designation it has held for 
only 18 days. "Even though we're the sixth-largest lake in this country, we've
to call Lake Champlain a cousin, rather than a little brother to those 
larger lakes in the Midwest," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, who sponsored the 
language that designated Lake Champlain a Great Lake. 

The equation between a landfill and a recycling program is adversarial 
in the business sense, with less garbage at the gate translated into 
reduced landfill revenue and vice versa. But Washtenaw County, which harbors
one of Michigan's largest landfills, is turning trash into cash for
distribution among local communities to promote recycling and other services.

Doug Reeves is a wildlife biologist, but right now, he's thinking about 
farming. "Farmers have to order fertilizer, order seed, order herbicide right 
now. We didn't want to leave them in a lurch," said the Michigan 
Department of Natural Resources district biologist. Reeves started watching
the planting season as plans took shape for Consumers Energy to hand the state
a parenthesis of land along the Saginaw Bay in Hampton Township.

Before settlers arrived on the shores of Saginaw Bay more than 150 years 
ago, the shoreline was teeming with wildlife.
Then the land was cultivated, making for some of the richest farmland in 
the United States. Trees were cut, swamps drained.
Now, a coalition of state agencies and conservation groups would like to 
turn back the clock for at least some of the shoreline.

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