Red Cedar River

City Has Spent $200K Fighting Workers’ Contamination Lawsuit

Thursday, March 1, 2018

ELi finds that East Lansing has now spent $200,000 fighting a lawsuit brought by City workers alleging that they “were intentionally and unnecessarily exposed to mercury and asbestos” at the wastewater treatment plant. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Water, Water Everywhere, and City Offers Help with Clean-Up

Friday, February 23, 2018

The City is offering help to residents dealing with flooded homes. On campus, the scene of the Red Cedar River's flood is dramatic. Today, we bring you more information from the City and photos from the ELi team.

Flood Warnings Issued as Rains Turn Heavy

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings, ELPD is warning motorists and pedestrians, and MSU is ready to mount flood barriers to protect low-lying buildings. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

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.

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