In Deep Water: Protecting shoreline property a double-edged sword

Rising waters are prompting property owners to invest in costly shoreline protection projects. But the flood of permit applications has alarmed some, who say that these projects can have a lasting impact on the environment. The uptick of shoreline protection applications tracked by the Michigan Department of...

Arsenic, Cyanide Spur Building Boomlet

TRAVERSE CITY - Weeds and broken concrete once greeted those who strolled alongside the Boardman River between Union and Cass streets 20 years ago.The arsenic-polluted soil underneath scared developers away until a ground-breaking state and federal concept lured them back with tax credits, cleanup assistance,...

Taking the LEED

TRAVERSE CITY - Tim Burden brightens up around light-emitting diodes. And why shouldn't he? The CEO of CooLED, Inc. is in an industry that experts say is poised to explode: By 2020, 70 percent of public lighting is predicted to be LED lighting."We expect to...

Light It Up

Just turning the lights on every day sucks up to 50 percent of a business' electricity consumption, meaning big dollars are lighting that lobby. Michigan Saves aims to change that to pennies.The Michigan Saves program has helped homeowners finance energy efficiency improvements since 2010 and...

Mowing, Yes. Dredging, No.

Following changes in state law this year, it appears that waterfront landowners remain confused about what type of beach grooming is allowed under the legislation."What I've found is that people find it confusing," said Michigan Department of Environmental Quality District Representative Robyn Schmidt of the...

Auto Shop Greens Up

TRAVERSE CITY - Green is the new black at area automotive service shops, several of whose environmental footprints are a little lighter after launching new processes along with other friendly nods to Mother Nature.At Marathon Automotive's recently expanded location, almost two-dozen large windows provide natural...

Trash Goes High-Tech

American Waste's new facility is first in the nation - and expandingTRAVERSE CITY - When you spend $12.5 million on something, it seems kind of odd to call it garbage. That's just semantics though, say the people behind American Waste's innovative new 4.5-acre facility off...

A Task Force for Energizing Northern Michigan

According to IEEE Spectrum magazine, the world consumes more than a cubic mile of oil per year; that's one trillion gallons! The U.S. consumes a quarter of that, of which 70 percent is used for transportation. Developing nations are creating significantly higher demand due to...

How Clean is Our Bay?

GT County's drinking water comes from East Grand Traverse Bay, but two areas along its shores are on the state's impaired water list. A study is underway to find out what pollutants are there, where they're coming from, and - before the study ends in...