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Fly fishers challenge DEQ approved fish farm

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A group of fly fishers 8-hundred strong have challenged a fish farm on the Au Sable river.

Although the farm has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, the anglers are still worried it poses a threat to the river.
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Some Paradise residents struggling to keep their homes afloat

Cannon beforeResidents in Paradise, Michigan are worried their homes may be slipping into Lake Superior. High water levels have washed away large chunks of shoreline and left some homeowners scrambling to keep their houses intact. Continue reading

Michigan DEQ admits to mistakes handling Flint water crisis

mdeqThe Department of Environmental Quality has released a statement admitting they made a mistake in handling the recent Flint water crisis.

DEQ representatives said they mishandled the testing of Flint’s drinking water. They were holding the city to guidelines meant for a town with half of Flint’s population. Continue reading

Lake Michigan is the leading topic at Grand Traverse County conference

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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

The DEQ grants quarter million dollars for ‘Trail Towns’

The state granted more than a quarter-million dollars for improving coastal trails and nearby towns across the state.

Grand Traverse County received the single largest grant, just under $100,000.

The rest of the money was parceled out to the Clinton River Watershed Council, and three other environmental groups farther south.
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Oil spill simulation under the Straits

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
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The DEQ awards several grants to protect Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal wetlands

The state on Monday, August 7th, announced more than $700,000 in grants aimed at supporting coastal projects across Michigan.coastal-wetland-tobico_marsh

Central Michigan University received the largest single amount at $100,000.
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St. Louis residents continue to deal with Velsicol health impacts

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

The former Velsicol plant site is surrounded by several community blocks where people still live.

Originally the EPA thought the contamination from the plant could be contained within the borders of the site. However, years after the initial cleanup, EPA officials determined this wasn’t the case. Continue reading

Proposed new clean air rules would focus on fewer chemicals

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The state Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new clean air rules. The DEQ said they will allow regulators to focus more attention on the most toxic substances.

The environmental agency currently has a list of more than 12-hundred substances that trigger an automatic review when they’re mentioned as part of an application for a smokestack permit. The new, shorter list would have closer to 750. Karen Tommasulo is with the DEQ. Continue reading

Snyder announces Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week


The Great Lakes are home to more than 180 aquatic invasive species.

With more species on their way Governor Snyder has announced that the week leading up to the 4th of July is now considered Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week in Michigan.
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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

DEQ wraps up hearings on “fracking” rules

A member of the public sports a "No Fracking" sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

A member of the public sports a “No Fracking” sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year. But the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process

“Fracking” is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits.
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