Detroiters pack DTE hearing, flooding continues, and money for green infrastructure

PLUS: Ann Arbor's monarchs are getting a boost from golf courses

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Detroit | Detroiters pack hearing on DTE plan, water levels continue to rise, money for green space

DTE hearing | DTE Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) was the topic of discussion at a packed public forum Thursday, June 20 in Detroit. Planet Detroit contributor Brian Allnutt attended the forum and has this report>>>

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High water | Water levels continue to rise on Lake St. Clair and in the Detroit River, causing flooding along shorelines. Canals in Detroit’s Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood are topping their banks and flowing across properties and into storm drains. Roads in Harrison Township are underwater. And portions of Belle Isle are closed due to flooding as Lake Okonaka spills into nearby woods and across roads (perhaps as nature intended?). Here’s why this flooding is likely down to climate warming. And high lake levels are also a threat to shoreline-nesting birds. Levels in Lake St. Clair are forecasted to decline this week.

Sources: Click on Detroit, Fox 2 News, Deadline Detroit, The Conversation, CBS Local, US Army Corps of Engineers

Belle Isle Conservatory Opens | The conservatory is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, after renovations were completed ahead of schedule. Source: Detroit Free Press

Money for green projects | Several rounds of funding to support green projects were announced last week:

  • The Erb Family Foundation announced more than $900,000 in grants to develop green stormwater infrastructure across the region and another $1.2 million to support “broader Great Lakes initiatives”.

  • The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments announced multiple grants to support green initiatives in Southeast Michigan:

    —$265,000 for green infrastructure projects

    —$300,000 for planning assistance grants

    —$10 million in funding for walking and biking projects

Sources: Erb Family Foundation, SEMCOG

Monarchs | Two Ann Arbor golf courses are making monarch habitat a priority. Source: Click on Detroit (All About Ann Arbor)

Michigan | Swampy farms, sinking fisheries

Climate chaos | Michigan’s agricultural economy is underwater—literally. Climate chaos has produced record clouds and rain this spring, prompting Michigan legislators to allocate $15 million low-interest disaster loan to help farmers bridge revenue losses. Will Michigan have a corn harvest this year? The future is uncertain.

Sources: Michigan Radio, CBS Local, Crain’s Detroit Business

Fishing troubles | Invasive species and market competition are putting the squeeze on Michigan’s small commercial fishing industry. The industry has dwindled to only 21 businesses since its heyday nearly a century ago, and now faces opposition from the sport fishing interest, which dwarfs the commercial industry in terms of revenue. Proposed legislation would increase fees and fines on commercial operators. The last time those fees and fines were changed was in 1928. Source: Bridge Magazine

See | Insta-photo pick

It’s time to check your local milkweed plants for monarch eggs and caterpillars. Here’s a guide to raising them. Via @pozmoore

Poll | Climate what?

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