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From: "Alexander J. Sagady" <ajs@sagady.com>
Date: December 27, 2007 8:44:33 PM GMT-05:00
To: Bruce Jones <bjones6657@ameritech.net>
Subject: Re: E-M:/ What were the most important environmental issues/stories/events of 2007?

Bruce, thanks for your note.   You'll have to add the 
address enviro-mich@great-lakes.net  in order for your reply 
to go to the whole list, which I think was your intent.  Regards,  Alex


At 05:03 PM 12/27/2007, you wrote:
HI Alex,

I would add two positives to the state environmental concerns. One is  
the wonderful effort by John Hartig, Detroit River International  
Wildlife Refuge manager, to take the original 300 acres of Grassy and  
Mud Islands in the middle Detroit River in 2002 and, through  
purchases and joint management agreements, increase the size of the  
Refuge to over 5000 acres of protected Detroit River and western Lake  
Erie shorelines in 2007. I would also add the great shoreline  
restoration work done by Chris Lehr, Nativescapes, Inc. in restoring  
shorelines in the Detroit River and especially in Gibraltar Bay at  
the southern end of Grosse Ile.


On Dec 27, 2007, at 3:46 PM, Alexander J. Sagady wrote:

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Enviro-Mich message from "Alexander J. Sagady" <ajs@sagady.com>
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I'd add the following....

a.   re-emergence of  nutrient/algae/water quality problems in  
Saginaw Bay and
Western Lake Erie

b.   The continued march of asian carp up the Illinois River and  
Ship canal towards
Lake Michigan.

c.     Senate passage of the CAFO deregulation package by Michigan's
environmental tone deaf republican party troglodytes

d.   Discovery of 15 new exotic species in the Great Lakes

e.     One more year of no firm plans for extensive regional light  
rail transportation in
Southeastern Michigan.




At 07:41 AM 12/27/2007, David Holtz wrote:
My  nominations for top Michigan environmental stories for 2007:

1,  Michigan Supreme Court overturns 30 years of law and in the  
Nestle v. MCWC case guts citizen standing to sue under the  
Michigan Environmental Protection Act.   By 7-2 margin, public  
supports restoring MEPA in constitution setting the stage for  
potential constitutional amendment in 2008.
2.  Michigan DEQ buries its own consultants' report critical of   
controversial Kennecott UP nickel mine proposal and then after an  
internal review goes ahead and approves the mine permit setting  
the stage for wholesale mining in the UP.  The action undermines  
public confidence in the department at a critical time when DEQ is  
under assault from Republican budget cutters.
3. Highest dioxin contamination ever recorded is discovered in the  
Saginaw River  On Dec. 7, the Detroit Free Press reported that EPA  
officials charged in a confidential August internal report that  
Dow concealed the dangers of dioxin contamination in local  
waterways and insisted on negotiating cleanup details with  
Granholm's office instead of the state Department of Environmental  
Quality's staff.
4. Despite wider recognition of climate change and declining  
interest nationally in carbon-polluting coal plants, up to seven  
new dirty coal plants are proposed for Michigan without objection  
from Michigan's legislature. The new plants, if built, would  
negate any actions taken by the Legislature and the governor to  
reduce global warming impacts in Michigan, which is the 10th  
largest producer of carbon emissions in the nation.


Eartha Melzer wrote:
Hi group,

I'm working on a story that will review the top Michigan  
environmental stories of the year, whether or not they received  
coverage.
Can anyone help out by sharing what you think the top items were?
Declining lake levels? Wider recognition of climate change? Plans  
for a UP nickel mine? Continuing surge in farmers markets?

I appreciate any ideas,

Eartha Melzer
(231) 933-3249
(231) 342-7796 cell

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Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection

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