Red Cedar River

Environmental Groups Ask for Volunteers to Help Monitor Local River Health

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Two local environmental groups are asking for volunteers this weekend (10/1/16) and next (10/8/16) to put on a pair of waders, become citizen scientists and help monitor the help of streams flowing into the Red Cedar River. ELi's Paige Filice explains the process, and how you can get involved.

Four Years After Application Submitted, DEQ Reviews EL Wastewater Plant's Permit

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Four years after East Lansing applied for a renewal of its expired environmental permit to dump millions of gallons a day of treated wastewater into the Red Cedar River, the DEQ is suddenly reviewing the application. A lot has happened at that plant since that application went in. The DEQ is giving the public only until Friday to weigh in.

New 600-Gallon Spill at Wastewater Plant

Friday, September 2, 2016

East Lansing’s wastewater treatment plant has had another accidental chemical spill. This time, City administrators tell ELi, the spill was handled correctly.

Balancing Road Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The photo above shows our City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) snow and ice team—the people who clear and salt our roads when winter storms turn them dangerous. As Ron Lacasse, DPW’s Infrastructure Administrator explains, “the staff in this picture includes all areas of DPW related to the effort, including staff that plows parking lots and sidewalks as well as mechanics who keep everything serviced and repaired during a storm event. All are important pieces of the puzzle that keeps us successful.”

Ask ELi: Rainwater Collection and Use?

Friday, December 11, 2015

What is the City doing to encourage and manage localized rainwater use? We asked Bob Scheuerman, Engineering Administrator for the City of East Lansing, a font of water knowledge.

Council Capsule: December 8, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Image: City Council last night during discussion of the auditors’ report

All Councilmembers were present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods.

Eli on Earth: Run with the Salmon on the Red Cedar!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Gier Park School "Salmon in the Classroom" release. Photo Credit: David Kenyon, Michigan DNR

Coho salmon are slowly swimming their way back to East Lansing and the public has the opportunity to run with them during the “Red Cedar Salmon Run,” an annual 5K on Michigan State University’s campus.

Surf's Up on the Red Cedar River

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Above: Still from a video of a surfer on the Red Cedar River in 2008

The recent heavy rains are causing a phenomenon infrequently seen on the Red Cedar River—a standing wave outside the MSU Administration Building. Unusually high levels of water combined with the small rapids in that location cause the water to curl back towards upstream.

ELi ON EARTH: Springtime Is for the Birds

Monday, June 1, 2015

Above: Canada Geese adults and goslings yesterday on the MSU campus near the Red Cedar River

Spring is a time of graduation and, over the last several weeks, the young of East Lansing, outfitted in their youthful finery, have been trying out their wings and leaving the nest. Fledging and immaturity are risky times for young birds, as for all young animals. Sharp-eyed East Lansing residents may come upon young birds in the community this time of year as they try out their new environments.

ASK ELi: Places to Canoe and Kayak?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Image: The author’s children on the Grand River near Grand Ledge

This week’s reader question: Where are good places around here to canoe or kayak?

There are many river options in the area.

Red Cedar River:

These options are all doable with a return by bike or car:

ELi ON EARTH: Useful Bugs in The Red Cedar

Monday, May 25, 2015

While many people associate the Red Cedar with fish and various wildlife there is a wide diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates, more commonly referred to as aquatic insects, that also call the river home. Eight major categories of insects spend at least part of their lifecycle in freshwater ecosystems, each playing a vital role in the food web.

ELI ON EARTH: Red Cedar Myths and Facts

Monday, April 27, 2015

A fisherman proudly showing off his catch on the Red Cedar River

 

The Red Cedar River is 51 miles long, flowing directly through the heart of Michigan State University and eventually into the Grand River in Lansing. The river has been a symbol of the university since 1855 and is even referenced in the first lyrics of the fight song.

It is seen by some students and community members as an “eyesore” and “unhealthy.”

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