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Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Silver Lake algae the focus of GVSU research grant

Silver Lake algae the focus of GVSU research grant

MUSKEGON, Mich.(Grand Valley State University) — Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) has been awarded more than $32,000 to assess the presence of a potentially toxic cyanobacterium (blue-green alga) in Silver Lake.

Researchers at AWRI will monitor the presence and abundance of Gloeotrichia, conduct experiments to determine what factors control its growth, and assess its toxicity. Silver Lake has suffered the past two years from outbreaks of Gloeotrichia, which can survive harsh Michigan winters by forming spores in the sediment. The project will complement another study, being jointly conducted by AWRI and the U.S. Geological Survey, to determine stressors to the lake and put into place best management practices to improve and protect the lake, according to the grant’s principal investigator, Al Steinman.

Environmental group closer to funding new education center

Environmental group closer to funding new education center

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society (MERES)  is more than half way there to funding a new environmental education center.

 

So far, MERES has collected more than $415,000 for the new facility, which will be located at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve on Lake Avenue in North Muskegon.  The $750,000 LEED certified building will include a classroom, laboratory, general work area, exhibit area and the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

 

The education center will compliment, not replace, the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve’s current environmental laboratory, which is already used by thousands of area students.

 

If you’d like to contribute to the environmental education center, donations can be sent to:

 

Community Foundation for Muskegon County

MERES Building Fund

425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon, MI 49440

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

The Michigan Coastal Management Program is getting more than $2.3 million to help protect the state’s lakeshore.

The grant money is coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

 “Michigan is home to over 3,100 miles of Great Lakes shoreline that attract tourists from across the country to enjoy our great outdoors, contributing billions to our economy.  This support will help conserve our beautiful natural resources for generations to come,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who announced the grant along with Sen. Carl Levin Tuesday.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality will administer the $2,327,500 federal grant, which will be used to help identify and mitigate the effects of climate change on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as well as improving rip current forecasting and notification systems.