Breaking: Great Lakes Under Stronger Anti-Pollution Rules by EPA


At almost the last moment a North Dakota District Judge acted late on Thursday to block the EPA’s anti water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect.

Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including that they would likely be harmed if courts didn’t act and that they are likely to succeed when their underlying lawsuit against the rule is decided.

Injunction Does Not Apply to the Great Lakes

The EPA plans to largely enforce the regulation as planned, arguing that the Thursday decision only applies to the 13 Algae Bloom Saginaw Baystates that requested the injunction.  In a statement shortly after the ruling, the EPA was defiant and said that the injunction only applies in the 13 states that filed for it: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The injunction does not apply to Michigan therefore the new rules take effect today across the Great Lakes Region. “In all other respects, the rule is effective on August 28,” EPA Press Secretary Melissa Harrison said in the statement. “The agencies are evaluating these orders and considering next steps in the litigation.”

Michigan and Ohio suffer from seasonal algae blooms in Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie due to sewage and farm run-off.

See Striking New Images of Algae Blooms in the Great Lakes


The runoff challenge continues

Originally posted on TIME:

NASA released these images on Tuesday showing algal blooms in Lake St. Clair (above) and Lake Erie (below). The image was taken by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite on July 28, 2015 as part of a larger effort between NASA, NOAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to protect the public from toxic algal blooms in freshwater.

Lake Erie Algal BloomsNASA/NOAAAlgal blooms on Lake Erie, captured on July 28, 2015.

“There’s very little data on the severity of the blooms in Lake St. Clair from a monitoring perspective,” Dr. Richard Stumpf, an oceanographer at NOAA, told TIME. “That particular bloom, while it could be cyanobacteria, we don’t have confirmation.”

The bloom in Lake Erie, which NOAA forecasted in July may rival the algal bloom of 2011, has been confirmed to be toxic cyanobacteria. Western Lake Erie had one of the wettest Junes on…

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ThumbWind’s End-Of-Summer Bucket List

The calendar on your desk indicates that summer officially ends in about a week, but deep down you not quite ready to ditch the shorts and flip-flops for sweatshirts and football. It only really ends when you’ve done these 6 things in the Upper Thumb…

Philp County Park Beach

Take One More Dip in the Bay

The huge beach at Caseville County Park along with all the other county parks in Huron County drew the attention of USA Today. The sugar sand and shallow water of Saginaw Bay, (with little or no undertow), make for a great kid beach experience.  Caseville beach was rated the best beach on Michigan’s sunrise side. The Baywatch Cafe has great fries, as if you needed one more reason to go.


Take in a Movie In a Classic Small Town Theater

Certainly worth the drive from the beaches. The Bad Axe Theater offers two screens, wood floors and some of the best popcorn you will ever taste. Its great if your beach time is interrupted by rain or its too hot to stand an evening on the porch.

White Church Gallery

Grasp the Local Art at White Church Gallery

This place was the surprise of the 2015 summer season. It’s a rare event that I go away stunned by a new visit experience. However that’s what I felt after leaving White Church Gallery in Grindstone Michigan. Located in rural remoteness of an old church in what was the heart of a long abandoned 1800’s grindstone quarry operation, the owners Michael and Carrie Zaitz have created an artist oasis at the tip of the thumb.

Kims Creamy

Get an Ice Cream from the Heart of the Upper Thumb

The Upper Thumb has great choices for that scoop of brain freeze nirvana. Kim’s Creamery has been rated top of the class by the travel app Yelp. Its worth the drive to Elkton to get a taste. Kim Depner scoops plentiful helpings of ice cream with a different vintage apron every day at Kim’s Creamery.

Huron Nature Center

Get Lost in the Huron Nature Center

No, getting lost taking a shortcut through the park doesn’t count. Actually spending a few hours exploring the park’s forests, dunes and marches should definitely be on your end-of-summer to-do list. Yes, there’s no air conditioning — but there’s adventure, and that’s better than air conditioning.

Thumb Brewery

One Last Bar Hop in Caseville

With Cheeseburger Fest over many locals and cottage folk can emerge and reclaim the territory. Now is the time to check out Riverside, Dufty’s, The Boathouse and Thumb Brewery in peace. Why fit this in before the end of the summer? Because at Shanty Day’s, it’s a lot less fun to run from bar to bar.

Day Six of #Cheeseburger in #Caseville – Parade of Tropical Fools

PJ CasevilleFor some, this is the highlight of the Cheeseburger Festival. The Parade of Tropical Fools will bring out over 150 floats and participants. The event will last an estimate 3 hours. Kids may want to be prepared with small bags to store candy and beads that will be everywhere. The prepared will also want to bring a rain jacket or poncho as there is a 70% chance of getting wet this evening.

Here is today’s event listing.

Wednesday August 19th

6-9am – Johnny & Blondie Morning Show – Riverside RoadhouseCheeseburger in Caseville
9am-Noon – Face Painting – County Park Office
10am-1pm -Hat Making Workshop – Caseville Class of 2016 County Park
10am-3pm Health Expo – Scheurer Healthcare Network & Covenant Health Care – County Park
11:30-12:30pm – High Light Singers from Bad Axe High School Choir – Memorial/City Park
2pm – Cheeseburger Eating Contest- Cost $5.00 Wooded Island Sports Grill
1-4pm – Don Middlebrook – Original & Top Rock – Memorial/City Park
4-5pm – Petosky Steel Drum Band – Memorial/City Park
5:30pm – PARADE OF TROPICAL FOOLS – Main Street Starts at Huron St.
THREE PRIZES $$$ Large Float – Medium Float – Small FloatCaseville
Following Parade Parade of Fools Costume Contest Thumb Brewery
7:30-10:30pm – Jimmy & the Parrots ~ New Jersey’s Finest Buffett Tribute Band Amphitheater
11pm-1am – Glow Golf ~ Fun for ALL Ages Key North Mini Golf & Family Fun Center


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