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

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP - The township will create protected zones along creeks and
around the edges of wetlands, despite concerns that the measure may be too

Fenton Twp. - Steve and Diane Thurman haven't mowed most of their back yard
for a year. They've piled brush 3 to 4 feet high.
But the Thurmans' backyard wildlife habitat has led to neighborhood
complaints, a ticket and court date from the township for blight, and a lively
debate over when an unconventional yard turns into an eyesore and nuisance.

JACKSON _ Work on the first phase of the Grand River cap removal will start
this week.
The 2,580-foot cap is a concrete culvert that was built in 1937 to reduce the
odor from raw sewage being dumped into the river.

Populations of native Great Lakes fish are recovering, an indication that
costly efforts to curb pollution and kill the troublesome sea lamprey are
paying huge biological dividends.
Scientists say thriving populations of native fish, including lake whitefish
in Lake Michigan and lake trout in Lake Superior, are evidence the massive
lakes have become much healthier during the past 20 years.

Bay County officials think they'll need $109,000 to acquire 94.6 acres of land
and expand Pinconning County Park.
Now they have it.
Ducks Unlimited Inc., a wetlands conservation group, has awarded $27,250 to
the county for the project. The county has already received an $81,750
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant. The $27,250 from
Ducks Unlimited will be used to meet a 25 percent match requirement from the
DNR, said Valerie Keib, Bay County environmental affairs and community
development director.

STURGIS - Voters here will have the final say in November if a single trash
hauler is to provide service for residential customers.

A coalition of environmental agencies is "going postal" in its bid to
eliminate troublesome purple loosestrife plants in Michigan waterways.
Officials are hoping state residents will use postcards to help combat purple
loosestrife, a foreign intruder that spreads rapidly in wetlands clogging
shallow waterways and choking out native plants that provide habitat for
animals. Loosestrife grows rampant along many area waterways, including the
Muskegon and Grand Rivers and their tributaries.

Next week's plan is to kill an estimated 1.2 million sea lamprey larvae
infesting 12 miles of the Au Sable River in Oscoda.

The walkers, joggers and baby-stroller pushers used Reeds Lake Boulevard on
Thursday, totally unaware that war -- on a tiny scale -- was about to break
Purple loosestrife, the towering purple-flowered plant that just loves to
invade and take over wetlands across Michigan, was meeting its natural enemy.

Kalamazoo's few remaining natural areas need to be preserved and protected
beyond what a new land-use plan proposes, several city residents said
Targeting traditional land-use battlegrounds Asylum Lake and Lee Baker Farm,
environmentalists said they wanted tighter restrictions on the properties,
including provisions that they be publicly accessible.

Scientists charged with recommending safe exposure limits for hydrogen sulfide
discovered Thursday their biggest obstacle may be Michigan's failure to
monitor air quality around petroleum wells that contain the deadly gas.

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