Brian Allen

The 2013 Leelanau BirdFest: May 29 – June 2, 2013

submitted by Kay Charter, Executive Director: Saving Birds Thru Habitat www.savingbirds.org Again this year, the festival committee has made changes.   To facilitate more web traffic, we have changed our name to Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival, although we have maintained the same website address: mibirdfest.com.   The name change will improve our ranking on the Internet. We are very pleased that the historic Fountain Point Inn has again offered to be headquarters for the festival. The Inn’s central location, its wonderful facilities and grounds, and its beautiful place on Lake Leelanau make it the perfect place for our event. Other changes include a daily registration fee of $15.00,... Read more

MDEQ-MDNR Fracking Forum

submitted by Wayne Swallow Sent: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 12:07 pm Subject: MDEQ-MDNR Public Forum on Oil & Gas Hi All, below is the link to the announcement on the oil & gas public forum we discussed at today’s [LLLA Board] meeting. It’s May 2nd, 6:30-9 pm at the Holiday Inn. http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135–300835–,00.html?goback=%2Egde_4898372_member_235015076 Read more

April 23 Leelanau County Planning Commission Meeting

Submitted by Hugh Farber ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Trudy Galla Date: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM Subject: April 23, 2013 county planning commission meeting To: Trudy Galla NOTICE OF MEETING: Tuesday – April 23, 2013 – Leelanau County Planning Commission meeting Location: Leelanau Co. Government Center (lower level) Time: 7:00 pm. Agenda, minutes, and meeting materials are online at: http://leelanau.cc/lcpcminutes.asp All meetings are open to the public. Read more

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

List of Accepted/Unaccepted Items pdf submitted by Hugh Farber ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Trudy Galla <tgalla@co.leelanau.mi.us> Date: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM Subject: Household Hazardous Waste Collection The 1st Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) for 2013 will be held on Saturday May 18 in Maple City.  Attached is a Press Release and list of accepted/unaccepted items. {use pdf link above} Reservations are needed.  Please call the office at 231-256-9812 to make a reservation. Thank you, Trudy Galla Planning Director Read more

Study: Streams Stressed by Pharmaceutical Pollution

Submitted by Hugh Farber Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies  | Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:57 pm Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality, according to a new ecological applications paper released by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. The paper, written with input from researchers at Indiana University and Loyola University Chicago, highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts. Globally, lakes and rivers are polluted by an array of pharmaceutical and personal care products. Freshwater fish and... Read more

Local Ordinance Resource

Hugh Farber There is a new, developing web site considered a resource for local officials and jurisdictions, e.g., townships, that will offer scientific, legal and regulatory references as well as model lake and stream friendly ordinances to help officials interested in maintaining and improving the quality of the water resource in their area. www.mymlsa.org/resources-for-local-government-officials-2 Although not yet complete, this web site should offer information valuable to those riparian owners interested in this subject independent of the regulatory aspect. Read more