“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
Guy Smith, Milwaukee County Parks Director.There are other measures in place to keep Lake Michigan clean, including a green infrastructure in place right now to help trap the trash before it gets into the water.Bird management uses border collies to keep geese off the beach to help with water quality.There are also volunteer workers that have clean up events. (lwaukee County Parks adds staff to keep up with trash at parks)
OK, let's clarify. We must take all deaths off the books. And cheating/sexual scandals, because let's be honest, after the Michigan State stuff, 'interesting' is not the right word.Which brings us back to LeBron and the talking point of his no-trade clause. Multiple teams have, according to this story, inquired about whether LeBron would waive his no-trade clause. It makes sense. The Cavs are free-falling. Other than James, that roster is a first-round flame-out waiting to happen. It also makes sense for the Cavs to look to deal James. He's a free agent at the end of the season. The team rightly does not want to deal the unprotected Nets' No. 1 pick. (As of right now that pick is a lottery pick but is only three wins ahead of Atlanta for last place. Tanking Fever, catch it.)It also makes sense for LeBron. He can craft where he wants to go. Heck, he likely could craft a deal that would include a spot for BFF Dwyane wade, too.)This Cavs structure is broken. LeBron hates owner Dan Gilbert and vice versa, regardless of the chance each presented the other for redemption. It's done. And LeBron is headed somewhere.But if he would agree — and the construct of a deal could be woven — would that not behoove both sides. And then, as we become a sports culture that loves the transaction more than the action — and that's a discussion all to itself — LeBron James on the trade block would be awesome sauce. Period. End of discussion.(And here's hoping the Spurs find some sort of assets to move for LeBron, and add him to that cast of veterans and the return of Kawhi and let the chips fall where they may. Giddy up.)Well hello, and good-byeJosh McDaniels said thanks but not thanks after all to the Indianapolis Colts.Ripple takeaways are far-reaching.If you are Johnny Colts Fan, you are praying this about McDaniels and his place with the Patriots hierarchy and the succession plan the Kraft family pitched New England's offensive coordinator.More on that in a moment.In a worst-case scenario for Indy, this could be that McDaniels is unsure about the long-term health of Andrew Luck and his surgically repaired shoulder that was supposed to cost him five weeks of last season but put him on the shelf for the entire season.We wrote this last week about McDaniels' offenses: As the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots from 2006-08, \the Patriots led the league in scoring during that time; When he was the head coach in Denver from 2009-2010 the Broncos ranked 17th in scoring; When he was the OC of the Rams in 2011, the Rams were last in scoring;Back as the Patriots offensive coordinator from 2012-17 and the Patriots led the league in scoring during that time. Yes, McDaniels is a genius and a savant with TB12 pulling the trigger.In the end, the simplest explanation here seems the most logical, and that simple thought has to be that McDaniels was told if he stayed he would be the head-coaching-in-waiting after Bill Belichick. (Side note: Heard this morning on ESPN Radio that there is an exception to the Rooney Rule that allows teams to name successors without interviewing minority candidates. So there's that.)But to go back to a conversation we had around these parts yesterday, the fact that the Patriots are evening thinking about the A.B. (After Bill) days is kind of telling.Even more telling is that the Kraft family worked hard and made a late — read: expensive — push to keep the guy they believe can smooth the A.B. transition after dealing the quarterback that was going to be the A.B. (After Brady) guy.This and that— While we're here on the McDaniels stuff, the Colts have two coaches already under contract — coaches McDaniels wanted on his staff — and say they are going to honor those deals. Tough deal for those cats, and also for the new head coach, whomever it may be. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Michigan officials said the state's investigation into the old disposal of tannery waste by Wolverine Worldwide has expanded.The state Department of Environmental Quality, or MDEQ, said it's now investigating 75 sites for toxic industrial chemicals that were used by Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide, a maker of footwear and apparel, to waterproof shoes.Department spokesperson Mel Brown said about 26 locations have been referred to the company for further testing.State officials said the latest testing area includes about 100 homes in Rockford. The department said private well tests indicate that sludge may have been used as fertilizer in the area.Brown has urged residents to drink bottled water until testing is completed. Wolverine Worldwide has distributed bottled water to residents as it conducts tests.Governor Rick Snyder has created a task force to oversee the response to contaminants found across the state. (grbj.com)
Lake Erie's western basin, environmental and conservation groups released separate reports Tuesday that came to the same conclusion:Ohio, Michigan and Ontario are falling far short in their efforts to reduce and eliminate the seasonal menace."The longer we wait to start putting algae-causing, pollution-reduction measures into practice, the worse the problems will become," said Kristy Meyer, vice president of policy for the Ohio Environmental Council.The harmful algal bloom continued this week in Lake Erie's western basin, as seen from a satellite photo.Photo courtesy of NOAA Meyer was responding to a new report released Tuesday, "Rescuing Lake Erie: An Assessment of Progress," that examines how Ohio, Michigan and Ontario are responding to the goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement they signed two years ago.The agreement committed the states and Canadian province to reduce phosphorus discharges by 40 percent between 2015 and 2025. In 2008, Ohio released 1,400 metric tons of phosphorus into Lake Erie. A 40 percent reduction would be about 860 metric tons of phosphorus, or roughly the same amount as released in 2010. Gov. John Kasich and the other group leaders are scheduled to meet nex... (cleveland.com)
Updated 1:30 pm, Sunday, October 15, 2017 BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Residents who live near an old leather tannery waste dump in western Michigan are threatening to sue Wolverine World Wide to force it to clean up the site.Attorneys for 40 residents near the long-forgotten dump sent Wolverine a notice of intent to sue on Friday.They want the Rockford-based global footwear company to remove contaminated soil from the 76-acre property, rebury it in a pit lined with a hazardous waste liner and then encircle the property with a slurry wall to contain polluted water.Waste sludge from the tannery was dumped into unlined trenches and lagoons in the area during the 1960s. MLive.com reports that Wolverine says in a statement that it's aware of the legal notice, but "does not comment on potential litigation."___Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com...