Brett Walton

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Michigan groundwater emergency threatens fish, drinking water, way of life

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

From PFAS to leaking septic tanks and farm runoff, Michigan’s most precious resource –  its fresh water – is under assault from a host of threats. A new report says the crisis doesn’t receive the urgency it deserves.

Lack of oversight allows leaky septic systems to befoul Michigan waters

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

One in three homes in Michigan is hooked up to septic systems, and the state is one of a few in the nation without laws governing residential units.

Dry wells, salty crops forced Ottawa County to confront groundwater crisis

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

Booming development declines aquifers, making them more polluted with dangerous nitrates. Even though Michigan is home to the Great Lakes, some communities are learning the wells can run dry.

Forty years ago, Michigan had one of worst mass poisonings in U.S. history

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

A mixup in livestock supplements forever changed the course of history in Kalkaska County, sickening tens of thousands of cows and causing health complications to humans that may still linger.