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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.”

ELi ON EARTH: The Red Cedar Watershed

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Red Cedar River extends approximately 51 miles, flowing through Fowlerville, Webberville, and Williamston before reaching East Lansing and its final destination, the Grand River in Lansing. The Red Cedar River watershed is approximately 472 square miles, a third of which is categorized as “urban” while the rest is predominantly agricultural.

The Mercurial Trail, Part 1: The Spill

Monday, February 16, 2015

Image: Layout of the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant, courtesy of City of East Lansing

Even if you don’t know where the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant is by sight, you may know its location by smell. If you’re turning off of southbound 127 onto Trowbridge Road and it’s a warm day, you can often smell the sewage just as you round the curve. The formal address of the plant is 1700 Trowbridge Road.

ELi ON EARTH: Mercury Matters in East Lansing

Monday, February 16, 2015

Image: Metal mercury, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control

Mercury—the metal not the planet—has been in the East Lansing news since a spill at the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment plant and an ELi scoop about continuing concerns among city workers regarding exposure.

Should East Lansing residents worry about mercury? The short answer is yes, East Lansing residents should worry about mercury.

Council Capsule: January 13, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photo: A previous Council meeting, because this reporter forgot her camera this week

ELi apologizes for the slight delay in getting Council Capsule to you today. The reason is that we have today been producing in-depth stories on three of the many major issues covered last night.

All councilmembers were present:  Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

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