DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District announced that water levels on each of the Great Lakes began 2020 higher than they started 2019 — a year where many record high water levels were set across the lakes.
A service disruption in the temporary pumping system at the Spring Lake Pump Station led to sewage being discharged into basements and the parking lot of Spring Lake Middle School on Thursday morning.
Editor’s note: This article is the sixth and final story about topics presented at the 14th annual Water Quality Forum, which was hosted by the county on Nov. 21.
Editor’s note: This article is the first of multiple stories which will be written about topics presented at the 14th annual Water Quality Forum, which was hosted by the county on Thursday. More articles will be printed and put online in the coming weeks.
A length of pipe disconnected from a pump at a wastewater pump station in Spring Lake, resulting in 85,000 gallons of raw sewage being discharged onto the ground and into the nearby Grand River.
WEST OLIVE — Anyone in Ottawa County who buys flood insurance or lives in an area close to people who need flood insurance may want to attend an upcoming open house to review possible changes to area floodplain maps.
ROBINSON TWP. — After a year of work between multiple organizations, the students and staff at Robinson Elementary School will soon return to drinking water from the school’s fountains.
SPRING LAKE TWP. — A homeowner on Ottawa County’s northern-most shore is banking on a seawall and armor stone to protect his property from being further engulfed by Lake Michigan this fall.
LANSING — From the Line 5 oil pipeline to PFAS, it may seem like the best interests of business powerhouses can – wittingly or not – frequently conflict with the best interests of Michigan’s freshwater resources.
TRAVERSE CITY — Turn off the lights when they aren't needed? Check. Lower the thermostat a few degrees in winter? Maybe. Go full-time vegetarian? Probably not.
The Tri-Cities Climate Strike is scheduled to take place in Grand Haven’s Central Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Held as one of hundreds of demonstrations globally, the local event is being organized by St. John’s Episcopal Church of Grand Haven.
GRAND RAPIDS — Consumers Energy’s J.H. Campbell Generating Complex in West Olive is scheduled to close in 2040; however, members of a nationwide environmental group would like to see the plant closed sooner than that.
ROBINSON TWP. — Students will be returning to classes in the Grand Haven school district on Tuesday, and while they may have new teachers and rooms, those attending Robinson Elementary School will be operating with a temporary water system that was put in place last fall.
Asian carp could survive in wider portions of Lake Michigan than scientists previously believed, according to a new University of Michigan study. The findings could ratchet up pressure on Congress to fund a barrier to prevent the invasive fish from wreaking ecological havoc across the Great …
Finding that legacy pollution on your property is a bit like realizing your house was built on an abandoned burial ground in a bad horror movie: both release potentially harmful, seemingly invisible influences on your life that everyone is too embarrassed to tell you about until after the ha…
TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Federal regulators said Wednesday they will consider extending legal protections to lake sturgeon – prehistoric fish once abundant in the Great Lakes but reduced to dangerously low numbers by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction.
The last pair of purple martins nesting in the gourds at Grand Haven State Park may have a tough time getting their young ready in time for the flight south to the Amazon rainforest.
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan.
TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday.
Washed-up dune grass, sticks, bits of plastic and more litter area beaches, requiring visitors to carefully step over lines of the debris before being able to enjoy the water.
OLIVE TWP. — Amid a groundwater shortage, a second Ottawa County community has banned residential developments in which homes are not hooked up to municipal water sources.
Josh Brugger heaved a stack of ring-bound tomes onto the table at Grand Haven City Council's July 15 meeting, and then handed them out to his fellow elected leaders.
MUSKEGON — Each year, 22 million pounds of plastic waste enter the Great Lakes. While reducing plastic use is critical, Muskegon native Jackson Reigler has decided to reuse it.
An invisible line, called a tension zone, stretches across the continental United States. It represents a unique overlay of northern and southern species of plants and animals, and it cuts right through Ottawa County.
A narrow decision by Grand Haven City Council this week will impact numerous residents who have for decades relied on groundwater to feed lawns and fill swimming pools.
Spring Lake has been treated for Eurasian milfoil, but not for algae so far this year, according to Tony Groves, water resources practice leader for Progressive AE.
They haven’t seen any heat exhaustion cases so far this summer at the Grand Haven Animal Hospital’s emergency clinic, but people should be on the lookout for that possibility.
Extended periods of hot weather after a cool spring have resulted in algae blooms and spurts of weed growth in Spring Lake and area bayous.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam.
Amid historic Great Lakes water levels wreaking havoc on local infrastructure, the City of Grand Haven will request a state of emergency for flooded Harbor Island.
After hearing from residents opposed to giving up their groundwater rights, the Grand Haven City Council on Monday voted 3-2 to restrict well usage in two contaminated areas.
As a boy growing up in Spring Lake, John Scholtz worked two summers at North Shore Beach — then known as North Beach Park — in Ferrysburg. On bike rides to work, he enjoyed the natural scenery of dense forest and grassy backdunes.
Grand Haven’s industrial past has left a legacy of chemical contamination that could pose a health threat in multiple neighborhoods.
TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Enbridge Inc. said Monday that it is moving ahead with the collection of rock and soil samples in the Straits of Mackinac while it prepares for a court battle with Michigan's governor over a planned oil pipeline tunnel there.