WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan asked President Barack Obama to work with the Canadian government to ban any new oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. In her letter to Obama, Stabenow noted that the U.S. has a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes, but Canada …
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By Dave Alexander | Muskegon Chronicle
Thumbs down: Commissioners in Mason and Ocean counties rejected a proposal to use wind turbines similar to this offshore wind farm demonstration project located in Brussels.GRAND HAVEN — Scandia Wind Offshore has pulled back from asking for county board votes on its plans to build wind farms off the West Michigan coast of Lake Michigan.
That strategy, and a tightly controlled “public information meeting” by the city of Grand Haven, turned down the volume on the opposition as the wind farm developers took their plans to Tri-Cities residents at Grand Haven High School Wednesday night.
The Grand Haven meeting was in stark contrast to the emotional opposition at a December meeting to two wind turbines proposed by the city of Grand Rapids at its water filtration plant along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Grand Haven Township.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) announced that anglers can now purchase a 24-hour fishing license with any web-enabled mobile device. The project–called Mobile Fish–is a joint effort between the DNRE and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB).
Mobile device users can access Mobile Fish at http://mobile.mi.gov/fish and purchase a 24-hour, all species fishing license with a credit or debit card for $7. Purchasers choose the date and time they would like their 24-hour license to begin, enter their valid Michigan driver’s license or State of Michigan ID, make a payment and receive a confirmation number.
“Mobile Fish makes last-minute, short term licenses available to any Michigan resident with a web-enabled mobile device,” explained Tom Weston, director of the E-Michigan Office within DTMB. “With 15,000 page views a day on Michigan.gov via mobile devices alone, this new application provides a fast and easy way for citizens to get their fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Three of their Great Lakes Restoration Initiative proposals were among the 270 finalists. Collectively, the three projects equate to more than $1 million dollars in GLRI funding.
In a news release about the selections, EPA stated, “The GLRI grants will fund projects that address the most important Great Lakes priorities, including reducing toxic contaminants, restoring the Great Lakes Areas of Concern, protecting beaches and beachgoers, keeping out invasive species and reducing polluted land-based runoff.”
All finalists are to submit final applications to the EPA so that grants may be issued and work can begin this summer.
“The first one is about $550,000 to be put in an observatory into Muskegon Lake