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With beach season in full swing, between school years ending and outdoor temperatures rising, more people may be visiting the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Total costs for the abandonment and removal of multiple water well casings along Lake Michigan’s shore in Grand Haven came back higher than expected.

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MUSKEGON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced membership of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB), an EPA federal advisory committee, at Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resource Institute.

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Recent heavy rains are causing area residents to pump water out of basements and walkout levels, move furniture into garages and tear out carpets.

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Spring is a good time to pick up a new birding hobby now that the migration is in full swing and some people still have that extra time on their hands, says Kristin Hintz, Ottawa County Parks Interpretive and Information Services coordinator.

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Former Grand Haven resident Jared VanOordt said that it was disappointing not to be able to hold Four the Water’s premiere of its documentary, “Our Water,” on Earth Day, but the captive audience at home because of the Stay Home orders has caused a big uptick in views during a 24-hour free vi…

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Every April, the National Park Service reminds us about the beauty and value of America’s national parks. With most parks in the West and elsewhere closed to visitors, what’s there to celebrate during this year’s National Park Week?

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Water levels have been on a dramatic rise in the Great Lakes, and the waters of Lake Michigan are hitting some of the highest marks recorded. Last week, Lake Michigan levels were over 4 feet higher than in 1985, and in March, the water breached the highest point in recorded history, accordin…

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SPRING LAKE TWP. — The efforts to improve the environment led to a local high school gaining recognition from a state organization.

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Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to hasten cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday.

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In response to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, permits for open burning will be suspended across the state.

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The Earth Day Lakeshore Committee announced Wednesday that, due to an “abundance of caution,” the 14th annual Earth Day Celebration planned for April 18 at the Grand Haven Community Center has been canceled.

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A necrospy (animal autopsy) conducted on a dead bald eagle found near Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven last month has determined that the bird died from electrocution.

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Nick Bonstell is a big proponent of being proactive. He is Ottawa County’s emergency manager, so part of his job is to help communities prepare for what could happen.

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ZEELAND TWP. — Ottawa County officials say they are making sure that the ongoing groundwater shortage is addressed through a number of strategies.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has told state agencies to calculate the damage along the Lake Michigan shoreline that’s been caused by high water ahead of possibly seeking federal assistance.

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A discounted rate on flood insurance has been available to some residents of Grand Haven Township as part of a federal program.

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SPRING LAKE TWP. — Two bald eagles were swooping in a manner different than what Diane Valk was used to seeing, but the Spring Lake resident thought there was a small animal on the ice that was attracting their attention Sunday morning.

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During a local legislative update meeting Friday morning, Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, shared the story of a recent meeting with a Lakeshore property owner.

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Grand Haven city staff have been working since last spring and summer to deal with high levels of water causing flooding, erosion and more, and they are not alone.

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Two Grand Haven Township property owners will be able to go ahead with a Lake Michigan erosion control project after an Ottawa County judge ruled in their favor.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Road damage from the overflowing Great Lakes and inland waterways may carry a whopping price tag for Michigan, with initial cost estimates for repairs and upgrades as high as $100 million, officials said Monday.

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The last of the coal pile at the Board of Light & Power’s J.B. Sims plant on Harbor Island will be used within the coming days, leaving some Grand Havenites wondering where the heat used for keeping downtown streets and sidewalks clear of snow and ice will come from over the next few years.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act this week, completing the first step in ensuring that funding for the Great Lakes extends beyond fiscal year 2021.

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After the high water levels of the past year, the Grand Haven Department of Public Works staff has been working to take care of the many issues that arose, which now includes two impacted areas of the city.

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DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District announced Thursday that water levels were higher on all Great Lakes last month than they were in January 2019, and are expected to continue that trend into the spring and summer.

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The two largest city-owned Chinook Pier buildings – which have housed shops like Temptations, Barefoot Dave’s, Surf Shop and more – will be taken down; while the smaller building, home to Dairy Creme and Nautical Knots, will be remediated for continued use.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Michigan Democrats and co-chairpersons of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, led an effort to urge the Trump administration to allocate at least $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the fiscal year 2021 presid…