The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.
The mayor of Flint says Governor Rick Snyder gets a grade of “incomplete” for his handling of the city’s water crisis.
Aging infrastructure in the Great Lakes region affects the availability of safe drinking water and the ability of ships to navigate the lakes. President Trump campaigned on improving the country’s infrastructure, and one organization wants the needs of the Great Lakes at the top of the administration’s list.
The state’s Annual Solid Waste Report has been released. It shows an increase in Michigan solid waste stream.
The coyote population in Michigan is large, and with breeding season beginning, sightings are expected to increase.
A bottled water company wants permission to pump more water from the Muskegon River Watershed. Local environmental groups are pushing back. They want the state Department of Environmental Quality to slow down the approval process.
As anyone who lives in Michigan knows, the weather can turn on a dime. The latest weather shift is causing syrup producers to get an early start to their season.
Every year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations.
Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.
Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading
The health of the Great Lakes and its watershed will be the focal point of series of meetings taking place throughout the month of March.
Michigan utilities have met a target of generating one-tenth of the state’s electricity using wind, solar, and other renewable resources. There’s a new goal, but that could be challenged this year in the Legislature.
But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.
A Enbridge Energy report on the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac is raising concern among environmental groups, because it discusses portions of the line that may have lost their enamel coating, exposing the pipeline to corrosion.
Euchre… Tahquamenon… Ypsilanti… if you can pronounce any of those words you’re probably from Michigan. If you can’t, Michigan’s new pronunciation database is here to help.
Work on two riverside renovation projects in the city of Midland will begin this spring. The projects were approved Monday by the city council.
Its 20 degrees on a frigid Saturday afternoon. Jennifer Nalbone is standing outside a small Western New York airport waiting for her father Lou.
Last week, 15 percent of the Great Lakes was covered in ice. That’s the highest level of ice cover recorded so far this winter and far less than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 64 percent prediction. A lack of ice could have lasting implications for this year and beyond.
The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.
The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.
Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.
“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”
Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.
Officials said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle raised over a quarter million dollars this year alone. That was due to a 46 percent increase in applications.
Rachel Leightner is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She said the money helps to fund Michigan wildlife projects.
“The money goes directly into our game and fish fund, which will also benefit our wildlife grant fund. And all of the money goes towards a multitude of wildlife projects across the state.”
Besides the financial benefit to the state, Leightner said the Pure Michigan Hunt raffle is a big deal for hunters. They receive licenses for four hunting seasons, a 12-gage shotgun, a one hundred dollar gift card, and a go-pro outdoor camera.
This year’s winners were from Montcalm, Lapeer, and Kent counties.
In the interest of transparency the Michigan DNR is an underwriter of CMU Public Broadcasting.