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LANSING - The mayors of a dozen Michigan cities are drawing the battle line
against urban sprawl in Washtenaw County, backing an effort to protect
farmland there in hopes of preserving open space at home.

  ANN ARBOR - A coalition fighting to defeat Washtenaw County's land
preservation program on the Nov. 3 ballot is alleging that at least three
county departments are systematically drumming up support for the measure in
violation of election laws.

GRAND RAPIDS - The summer of 1998 wasn't the hottest summer on record, but it
was warm enough to put Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon counties on a collision
course with new federal air pollution standards.

  ANN ARBOR - Work will resume next week to install a pipeline for cleanup of
contaminated groundwater around the Pall-Gelman Sciences plant after a judge
lifted an injunction Wednesday, saying he will put public health ahead of

HAMBURG TOWNSHIP - A longtime lakes researcher studying Ore Lake says he is
baffled by a sudden increase in nitrogen that is clouding the water and could
be a sign that pollution is entering the water system somewhere along Ore

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research vessel Lake Guardian pulled
into its home port near Wenonah Park on Tuesday. But in only two months, it'll
be gone for the winter.

Except for oak trees ravaged by gypsy moths, Jackson-area seed-producing trees
have produced a bumper mast crop that is good news for wildlife, and maybe not
so pleasant for some humans.

Grand Valley State University will purchase the former Rust Marine property on
Muskegon Lake to berth the W.G. Jackson research ship and provide classrooms
and science labs.

Tittabawassee Township - Planning Commission members ended about 20 months of
brainstorming and forecasting Wednesday when they approved a comprehensive
development plan.

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