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Algae Bloom Continues to Concern Western Lake Erie Basin Communities

Paul Bohn, Esq.

As the 2017 algae bloom approaches, there is rising concern for the communities who depend on Lake Erie for drinking water, tourism and recreational activities. The algae bloom typically lasts from mid-July through mid-October. Last week, the NOAA announced their final forecast for this summer's bloom and it doesn't look promising.

4th of July Sparks Increased DUI Patrols

Mark Mandell

Every year law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan increase their patrols around the 4th of July weekend. The initiative is to combat drunk driving, an epidemic that has taken the lives of 744 people in the last three years across Michigan.

DOL Withdraws from Prior Administrations Contractor Interpretation

Jim Fausone, Esq.

In a press release earlier this month, the Department of Labor announced its removal from their 2015 and 2016 administrator's interpretations, effect immediately.

Experts Project Large Algae Bloom in Lake Erie this Summer

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Large algae blooms in Lake Erie over the past couple years have been problematic and that doesn't look to change this summer.

Because of the large rainfall experienced in the region during the month of May, experts have predicted a large algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer. Rain travels through farmlands picking up excess nutrients from fertilizer chemicals and puts phosphorus in the lake.

'Gap Properties' Provide Obstacles for Big Cities, Great Lakes

Paul Bohn, Esq.

It is no coincidence that large, major cities are commonly located near bodies of water. Cities near water had tactical advantages including access for water transportation for trade routes and travel. A problem with many Great Lakes cities, however, is that waterfront industry now blocks access to the lake front.

U of M Campus Gun Ban Upheld by Michigan Court of Appeals

Dan Williams, Esq.

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In a recent decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the University of Michigan and their policy to ban firearms on campus. In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that the ban, Article X, did not violate the Second Amendment and that the University does have the authority to create such ordinances.  

Michigan Frog and Toad Survey

Paul Bohn, Esq.

The Michigan Frog and Toad Survey sends volunteers on routes of their own choosing to the edges of various wetlands to find frogs and toads. The results of the survey go into the Michigan Herpetological Atlas, which is administered for the Department of Natural Resources. However, they are not required to catch any amphibians; they are required to simply listen to them.

This Week is Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week!

Paul Bohn, Esq.

From June 3rd to June 11th, Michigan will celebrate Great Lakes and Fresh Water week. As Michiganders, we have countless freshwater resources including our beautiful Great Lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Freshwater is an essential part of Michigan's identity and one that should not go unnoticed.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Veterans in Divorce Settlement Case

Dan Williams, Esq.

In Howell v Howell, the US Supreme Court ruled that a state court cannot offset the loss of a divorced spouse's portion of a veteran's retirement benefits when that veteran waives retirement pay in favor of disability pay 

Opioid Summit Latest Event to Battle Opioid Epidemic

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Over 800 people died last year of drug overdoses in Wayne County. In 2015, there were nearly 2,000 overdose deaths in Michigan, as well as 52,404 in the United States.

To combat this issue, an opioid summit was hosted on May 11th in Livonia by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and the Greater Detroit Area Health Council. Over 500 professionals gathered to discuss progress and formulate additional solutions to the ongoing drug overdose epidemic.

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