Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

ESCANABA, MI--   An Upper Peninsula bald eagle launched an airborne attack on a drone operated by a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) pilot last month, tearing off a propeller and sending the aircraft to the bottom of Lake Michigan. 

The brazen eagle vs. EGLE onslaught took place near Escanaba in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on July 21 when EGLE environmental quality analyst and drone pilot Hunter King was mapping shoreline erosion for use in the agency's efforts to document and help communities cope with high water levels.

GLADSTONE, MI--   The Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy are investigating a fish kill on the Middle Branch of the Escanaba River. 

Reported on Sunday, the incident happened near Gladstone, downstream of Verso Corporation’s Escanaba paper mill. An EGLE official says last week the mill reported a ruptured pipe in the wastewater treatment plant. He says the pipe has been fixed and outflowing water quality is improving.

LANSING, MI--   State Senator Ed McBroom has introduced a bill to allow shoreline property owners to perform certain work above the ordinary high-water mark without a permit. 

The Republican says shoreline erosion issues and concerns have risen along with water levels in recent months. The bill would amend the law to allow dredging, placing sand or soil, and constructing seawalls and other structures without a Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy permit if the work is above the ordinary high-water mark.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two U.P. school districts are getting money from an initiative that teaches students about Michigan watersheds and the impact people have on them. 

From Students to Stewards aims to give students access to place-based, water-focused education.

The Copper Country Intermediate School District is getting $10,000 to establish a water literacy consortium. The district will also organize a regional summit to identify best practices.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan regulators want more information from Enbridge about its plan to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy told the company this week its application is incomplete. The department wants an analysis of “feasible and prudent” alternatives to the tunnel plan. It also seeks plans for dealing with protected wetlands and plants.

State officials describe the request as routine and Enbridge says it will provide the needed information.

LANSING, MI--   The ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team has scheduled a second High Water Summit webinar town hall for April 28 that will focus on Great Lakes shoreline erosion and permitting. Registration is open and limited to 1,000 attendees.

The webinar is open to the public, community officials, private property owners and businesses affected by Great Lakes shoreline erosion.

LANSING, MI--   A high water town hall webinar has been scheduled for March 26, the first community outreach event organized by the ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team, which was formed during the Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit in February. 

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials say a 200-foot-long broken boring pipe remains embedded in the Straits of Mackinac and may not be recoverable by a company that operates a fuel pipeline.

Enbridge Inc. retrieved a broken 45-foot rod in December and told state regulators that a pipe of similar length remained. But the Detroit Free Press reports that the leftover pipe actually is 200 feet long.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials say no excessive radiation was detected in tests at an industrial site where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River.

Staffers with the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy took radiological measurements Friday and sampled river water at the Detroit Bulk Storage property in southwest Detroit. The release of crushed limestone happened November 26 when part of a seawall collapsed.

Officials say the spill isn't expected to pose any danger to drinking water quality.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has awarded grants to several Upper Peninsula entities for electronics recycling.

The money will fund electronics drop-off locations and community collection events in rural areas.

A grant is headed to the Superior Watershed Foundation. It will help purchase two Alger County storage buildings for permanent collection locations in the county.