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Dozens of birders armed with binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras made their way to Grand Haven’s north pier Monday to watch a rare bird – a royal tern – intermingle with the gulls and other terns in the area.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced this week a new $3.4 million investment – which will be matched by private investments – to improve water quality and fishing habitats in Ottawa County.

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When Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” first sounded the alarm on DDT and its devastating effects on birds and fish, our understanding of how this pesticide affected humans was just beginning. Chemicals can take years to reveal their insidious power, and so for decades, scientists have been pi…

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WEST OLIVE — When a 2018 study by Michigan State University revealed declines in the quality and quantity of Ottawa County’s deep bedrock aquifers, county officials took immediate action by developing the Groundwater Sustainability Initiative.

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The latest public presentation by the local municipal power utility focused on the environmental remediation of Harbor Island and several questions that surround it – such as: What is a mixing zone? Why not completely remediate the site? What risks are associated with remediation?

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Frigid weather is expected to keep a grip on the area well into next week before the air gradually warms to about 32 degrees, which is a normal high for this time of year.

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It was May 6, 1985, when the city of Grand Haven received an application for the position of water plant operator from a recent Grand Haven High School graduate named Joe VanderStel.

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Members of the Chariots of Fire Running Club had a unique experience riding on an ice carousel before their Thursday afternoon run.

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Grand Haven’s Board of Light & Power has announced a trio of virtual public engagement meetings in an effort to educate the community on the future of energy in the Grand Haven area.

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The specific date and time of the explosive demolition of the remaining structures of the Sims power plant on Harbor Island will not be shared with the public, Grand Haven Board of Light & Power General Manager Dave Walters said.

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Enbridge said Tuesday it would defy Michigan’s demand to shut down an oil pipeline that runs through a channel linking two of the Great Lakes, contending that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision was based on bad information and political posturing.

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Twenty people clad in winter coats and Yak Traks wandered the North Shore area dunes for two hours Thursday morning, working off the lactic acid from 2020 and looking ahead to a better 2021.

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Members of Grand Haven’s City Council on Monday toured the demolition progress of the Harbor Island Sims site prior to their meeting that night.

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The first in-person meeting in the Grand Haven Community Center since the COVID-19 shutdown in March took place Tuesday night, as community organizers hosted a discussion to raise financial concerns with the Board of Light & Power’s redevelopment plan for Harbor Island.

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Along a shoreline that stretches farther than the combined length of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, waters driven by climate change have risen as much as 6 feet in less than a decade, washing away houses, destroying roads and threatening critical infrastructure such as water treatment plan…

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $500 million plan Thursday to upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Michigan that includes actions such as replacing lead service lines and removing chemical pollutants.

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One year from today, the location of the Harbor Island power plant site will be nearly empty.

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LANSING — Citing a rising threat to public health and the environment, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order battling climate change, aiming to make Michigan’s economy carbon-neutral by 2050.

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Conservation experts have successfully prevented an invasive species from spreading to, and killing, thousands of hemlock trees in three parks in Grand Haven.

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The general public has two more weeks to ask questions and comment on an upcoming $22.8 million maintenance project that involves five bridges in the U.S. 31 and M-104 triangle area intersecting Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

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Confirmed sightings of five new bird species in Ottawa County are part of a five-year update recently released by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Family members clad in cloth face masks applauded, cheered and rang cowbells as two “senior citizen” paddlers worked their way to the Grand Haven pier heads early Monday afternoon, completing a multi-year journey to traverse the entire length of the Grand River.

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Warmer weather may have more people flocking to the lake to cool off, and with more swimmers could mean more possibilities for illness.

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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.