Michigan scientists said it’s early, but as of now, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm or deny any possible link between the rise in Legionnaires Disease in Genesee county and the water crisis in Flint. Continue reading
Flint is distributing 28-thousand liters of bottled water — This from a donation made by the federal government.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the water to Flint after the Michigan State Police learned that FEMA had a surplus of bottled water. The shipment was received on December 14. Continue reading
Drew Gronewold is a hydrologist with NOAA. Continue reading
A state elections board has rejected a petition seeking to recall Governor Rick Snyder over the Flint water crisis.
Democrats in the state Legislature want to establish water as a “human right” under state law. It’s part of a package of bills meant to address tap water contamination and mass water shutoffs in cities like Flint and Detroit.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS, is facing heavy scrutiny from around the country.
WOTUS is intended to clarify which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act. Instead it’s prompted a heated debate.
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
The American Civil Liberties Union and some Flint residents are asking the federal government to step in to deal with the city’s water crisis.
The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force has released its recommendations for Line 5 underneath the Straits of Mackinac.
No heavy tar-sands oil will be allowed pass under the Great Lakes per the task force’s first round of recommendations.
“More mosquitoes can actually mean fewer mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Carl Doud. He’s a mosquito specialist with the Midland County Health Department. Continue reading
The USDA is putting just under 9 million dollars into rural communities in Michigan.
The money will go towards improving and expanding water mains and sewer systems in Gratiot, Saginaw and Arenac counties. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder’s administration has released a first draft of a 30-year strategy for protecting and improving the state’s water resources.
The plan says there are environmental and economic benefits to protecting and improving lakes, rivers, and streams. The plan includes connecting waterways to promote tourism. Also, fixing outdated sewer and drinking water systems. Continue reading
A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. Continue reading
Just as experts predicted at the beginning of 2015, Great Lakes water levels are higher than or on-par with their historic averages.
Flint City Council voted in favor, 6-1, of creating a shut-off protection plan for water customers who fall behind on their bills.
Snow is beginning to melt and uncover Michigan road. In other words, “welcome to pothole season in Michigan.”
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, or VIDA, would set a national precedent for controlling boat ballast water that enters the U.S.
The bill was revived when Senator Gary Peters of Michigan added an amendment that would require all ships that enter the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway to dump their ballast water prior to entry.
Ballast water is considered to be one of the biggest doorways for aquatic invasive species to enter our waterways.
The USDA is set to provide 1.2 billion dollars over five years to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in order to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in the Great Lakes basin.
The Spiny Waterflea is usually found in the open water of the Great Lakes but now it can be found infesting local streams and ponds.
Steven Pothoven (Pot-hoven) is a fishery biologist at NOAA.
He says that even though the invasion can’t be stopped, it’s not the end of inland waterways or the Great Lakes.
“I think they reflect the ecosystems in the Great Lakes that are really disrupted from invasive species. They may not cause the collapse of something, but they disrupt things and they make that ecosystem less stable than it would be if they weren’t in there.”
Pothoven says waterfleas won’t outright destroy a habitat, but they make it more difficult for smaller fish to survive and thrive.
He says waterfleas throw a monkey wrench into food webs by devouring zooplankton which is the main food source for small fish.
Pothoven says the waterflea was initially introduced to the Great Lakes in the mid ‘80s by boat ballast dumping. By the late ‘80s the small crustacean could be found in every Great Lake.
The DEQ is giving Michigan residents a chance to help protect their state’s inland streams and lakes.
Next week Micorps is hosting it’s 10th annual Clean Water Conference. The event will include free training for participants to become volunteer water quality monitors.
Bill Dimond is an aquatic biologist at the DEQ.
He says there’s no shortage of support for Michigan water quality.
“The most important thing to me is how much people care about water quality in Michigan. Clean water is beautiful, wonderful for recreation, and also it helps financially. Clean water is valuable. So what I take away from it most is how much the people care about the water.”
The event will also feature speeches from various environmentalists for patrons to attend.
The conference is a two-day event that will be held at the Ralph A. Macmullan Center in Higgins Lake. It’s scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 27th.
October 18 is the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, but National Wildlife Federation officials say the bill’s current ambiguity puts miles of streams and wetlands at risk of losing protection.
The questionable language was found as the result of two recent Supreme Court challenges to the act.
Contributions are coming in to remove a “high hazard” dam from the Flint River.
The Hamilton Dam project recently picked up a $50,000 grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network.
The Flint Watershed Coalition will use the grant to help demolish the dam, and construct a series of rock rapids that will take its place.
Environmental 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.
The DNR Wildlife Disease Lab in Lansing confirmed this as the first case of botulism in Michigan this year.