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Recent enviro stories on Michigan Live w/links to full versions:

   LANSING - Cities with unused, polluted property are the big winners in a
$675 million bond proposal Michigan residents will vote on in the fall. 
But it was the $90 million earmarked for water quality improvements throughout
the state that earned the backing of environmentalists. They had claimed Gov.
John Engler's initial plan focused too much on economic development and not
enough on the environment. 

ANN ARBOR - One of the premier federal labs in the Great Lakes has lost a
quarter of its scientists in the past decade, shrinking the region's ability
to deal with growing threats to its most valuable resource.
The losses at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, combined with
cuts in other federal science programs in the 1990s, are making it harder to
tackle toxic chemicals, beach erosion and zebra mussels, among other issues.

A state agency hopes to acquire a sand mining site adjacent to Ludington State
Park and add the 370-acre parcel to one of Michigan's most popular and largest

For summer duty, the pay can't be beat: Eight hours of Lake Michigan beach
time and a free stay at a popular state campground when open sites may be
The job? Plover patrol. 
Several pairs of late-nesting piping plovers have the Department of Natural
Resources scrambling for volunteers to protect the endangered shorebirds from
dogs, people and egg-stealing mammals. 

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP - If the state is willing to pay a fair price to keep a
subdivision from taking over his farm, Donald Staebler is willing to accept.
Staebler is one of at least nine Washtenaw County applicants for the state's
purchase of development rights program this year. The program, focused on
preserving agricultural land from suburban sprawl, works as an alternative to
buyout offers from developers.

Resource Recovery Systems, a private firm that contracts to run Ann Arbor's
Material Recovery Facility, has been acquired by FCR Inc., one of the nation's
largest diversified recycling companies.

Twenty years ago, members of the Lone Tree Council wanted to stop a nuclear
power plant from opening in Midland. Consumers killed the nuclear power
project before construction was finished. But the end of the nuclear plant
wasn't the end of the Lone Tree Council.

The city of Kalamazoo's updated Comprehensive Plan, nearly two years in the
making, is finally completed and ready for public review.
The plan, which details proposed future land uses and addresses key issues
like economic development and transportation, was presented to the Kalamazoo
City Commission during a special meeting Monday

Potential health hazards associated with natural gas exploration in West
Michigan will be the focus of a July 9 hearing that could lead to new
regulations on the oil and gas industry.

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