Kaye LaFond

Kaye is an alumnus of Michigan Tech's environmental engineering program. She got her start making maps for the Traverse City-Based water news organization Circle of Blue, and, since then, she's been pretty devoted to science communication and data visualization.

She currently holds a half-time position at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, where she creates infographics, blogs, and tweets. She has done freelance work for various organizations.

She lives in East Jordan, Michigan with her husband and fur children. East Jordan is in fact about 4 hours north of Ann Arbor. She does a lot of working from home and makes bi-monthly trips downstate. She enjoys living in rural northern Michigan, and spends her free time running, kayaking, drinking wine, and hanging out with her fur kids.

 


If you eat wild caught fish from Michigan, you might know about fish consumption advisories. They’re recommended limits on safe amounts of fish to eat, and they're necessary because toxic chemicals build up in fish in the Great Lakes and inland lakes and streams.

Well... it's not an absolute "no."

It's more of a "probably not," given what we've learned about the Huron Mountain Club in reporting this story.

We'll get to the downright practical ways you might get into the club below. In the meantime, we'll just say it doesn't hurt your chances if you’re Channing Tatum, or related to Henry Ford (and even Ford had trouble getting in).

Tomorrow evening at 7pm, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public hearing on a request from Nestle Waters. 

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2016 population estimates for U.S. counties and metro areas. Michigan was, again, notable for high decline in one place: Wayne County.