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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.

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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.