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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…

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Shoreline erosion this winter has gotten to the point that Phil Jonassen pulls homes off foundations, drags them several dozen yards away from Lake Michigan and leaves them sitting there on blocks, appearing forlorn against the sharp winter wind.

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LANSING — State Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, participated in a roundtable discussion with several colleagues earlier this week, coordinating ideas to address the shoreline soil erosion disaster along Lake Michigan, which has been experiencing record high water levels for the past year.

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A bill designed to help lakeshore residents protect their homes in emergency erosion situations passed through the Michigan Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee on Tuesday.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No homes had fallen into Lake Michigan as the result of the latest windstorm, but the danger is far from over.

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According to the local health department, Ottawa County has not yet seen a human or animal case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

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Fragments of long-lost ships are being flung ashore on Michigan beaches. Skeletons of foundered vessels are showing themselves, then vanishing again.

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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.

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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.