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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.