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E-M:/ Bill calls for eased landscaping rules

Senate OKs a proposal to let property owners near waterways do some yard work without a permit.
LANSING -- Property owners living near water would not need an environmental permit to do routine landscaping and other activities under legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate.
Current law requires a locally issued soil erosion permit for any "earth change" that disturbs one or more acres or is within 500 feet of a lake, stream or wetland.