State of Michigan: EGLE launches unique renewable energy ordinance database of Michigan communities

State of Michigan: EGLE launches unique renewable energy ordinance database of Michigan communities. “The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) today launched a unique searchable database of municipal ordinances across Michigan that address siting for renewable energy installations. The database was developed in collaboration with the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. Over half of Michigan’s more than 1,800 municipalities have considered renewable energy in their zoning ordinances. The renewable energy zoning database is the first compilation of all renewable energy ordinances across the state and the first database of its kind in the nation.”

State of Michigan: New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore

State of Michigan: New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore. “The Syracuse and the Cedarville are among 1,500 shipwrecks submerged in Michigan waters, making up one-quarter of the estimated 6,000 wrecks found throughout the Great Lakes. Now, thanks to the recently launched Michigan Shipwrecks StoryMap, it’s easy to learn about the mystery and tragedy surrounding these ships.”

Traverse City Record-Eagle: Find balloon debris? Get a photo and send to new website

Traverse City Record-Eagle: Find balloon debris? Get a photo and send to new website. “A university researcher is tracking balloon litter in the Great Lakes region to spread awareness of how it harms the environment. Lara O’Brien, a master’s student at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, created [the site] to help citizen scientists track where popular balloon launches end. It maps where the balloons are found and allows people to submit photos of the debris.”

Michigan State University: Great Lakes Water Life database documents biodiversity of Great Lakes native species

Michigan State University: Great Lakes Water Life database documents biodiversity of Great Lakes native species. “The biological diversity of the North American Great Lakes makes this set of interconnected freshwater ecosystems unique on a global scale. To document the wide variety of flora and fauna native to the Great Lakes, NOAA-GLERL has partnered with US EPA and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network to launch the new Great Lakes Water Life database: a comprehensive, accessible inventory of aquatic species found throughout the region.”

News Republic: Lake States Railway Historical Association works to expand online archives, membership

News Republic: Lake States Railway Historical Association works to expand online archives, membership. “The collections at the Lake States Railway Historical Association contain countless stories of early railroads and the people who worked on them, and the organization’s leaders want to share them with the world. The 5,000-square-foot historical archive on Lynn Street in Baraboo is home to thousands of books, negatives, photographs, blueprints, drawings and other historical documents that detail early railroads, with a principal focus on the Western Great Lakes Region from 1880 to 1916. Volunteers are in the process of cataloging the collections in an online database so railroad enthusiasts around the globe can see what resources the organization has to offer.”