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New DEQ chief says oil industry background won’t effort her job

deschutes RiverThe new director of the state Department of Environmental Quality says her background as an oil industry lobbyist won’t interfere with how she does her job.

Heidi Grether says her top priorities are restoring employee morale and public confidence in the DEQ after the Flint water crisis.

Grether says she’s not surprised by criticism of her appointment because she worked as an oil industry lobbyist. She says that experience gives her some perspective.

“But that doesn’t mean I necessarily think a certain way.”

Her work for BP included helping with the response to the Gulf oil spill.

Grether is still undecided on whether an Enbridge energy pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac needs to be shut down. She says her oil industry background won’t bias her on the question.

St. Marys River on it’s way to being removed from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern


The final restoration project on the U.S. side of the St. Mary’s river is underway this summer.

The St. Mary’s River has been a bi-national area of concern for three decades due to pollution and failing habitats. Continue reading

DEQ Great Lakes Office is celebrating 30 years with its latest State of the Great Lakes report


A report released this week touches on future plans for the Great Lakes, and past work to maintain the quality of the lakes.

The report is released annually by the Department of Environmental Quality. This year is its 30th year. Continue reading

DEQ report looks at dioxin cleanup in Midland 


After years of soil sampling and cleanup efforts – the Department of Environmental Quality has released a report on the status of the dioxin contamination cleanup in Midland.

The report is the final step of cleanup efforts after area soils were contaminated by dioxin from Dow Chemical. Continue reading

Lake Michigan is the leading topic at Grand Traverse County conference


A conference in Grand Traverse County will highlight Lake Michigan.

The Department of Environmental Quality is hosting more than 300 experts in the fields of climate change, invasive species and beach management. Continue reading

Eight communities receive last of DEQ water quality monitoring grants

aboutDEQ_480120_7The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded over $300,000 in water quality grants to eight universities, local governments and nonprofit organizations across the state.

One of the grants is going to the Clinton Conservation District in Clinton County, to track E.coli contamination in the Upper Maple River using canines. Continue reading

Enviro officials: No single cause of blue-green algae threat

photoEnvironmental officials say they’re looking for more ways to keep safe drinking water safe for 100 thousand Michigan residents who rely on Lake Erie. That’s after Toledo was recently forced to issue a no-drinking order that effected about 34 thousand residents of southeast Michigan.
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