Jim Malewitz

Jim Malewitz reports on the environment for Bridge. Based in Lansing, but with plans to scour both peninsulas, he is looking for stories about how public policy, climate change and other phenomena affect the state’s trove of natural resources – all while leaders tout the “Pure Michigan” brand. Jim joined Bridge in November 2017, returning to his home state after a lengthy absence. He spent four years at the Texas Tribune, where he was an investigative reporter and extensively covered energy and environmental issues. He reported on an oil boom and bust, deadly oil refineries, cross-state border squabbles, invasive zebra mussels and gaping sinkholes. His work there also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, POLITICO Magazine and news outlets across the country. Before moving to Texas, Jim covered energy and the environment for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C. He majored in political science at Grinnell College in Iowa and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. There, he helped launch the nonprofit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, where he currently serves on the board of directors. You can reach Jim at jmalewitz@bridgemi.com or call him at 517-657-3577.

Articles

Michigan was once a leader at recycling. Today, it’s the pits.

April 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Nearly 40 years after Michigan implemented its landmark 10-cent deposit law, the state’s recycling rate is among the nation’s worst. What happened? And what is Lansing doing about it?

In northern Michigan, Emmet County seen as model for rural recycling

April 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

At the tip of Michigan's Mitten, the rural county has become a model for keeping trash out of landfills.

Timing could be everything in Michigan fight over DTE natural gas plant

April 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The outcome of a contentious dispute over a $1 billion natural gas plant planned for St. Clair County could hinge on whether DTE Energy must comply with new state guidelines for power plant proposals.

Michigan environment roundup: Foxconn, Flint and Enbridge

April 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Greetings from Mackinaw City, where Line 5 fears threaten a way of life

April 12, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bridge Magazine embarks on a year-long tour of Michigan at the tip of the Mitten, and finds that jobs, tourism and schools aren’t the biggest worry. It’s fear of an Enbridge Line 5 leak in the Straits of Mackinac.

Flint’s recovery begins with a carrot: How a unique program is healing the city.

March 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A Michigan-grown food incentives program has steered veggies to the water-poisoned city. It’s spread nationwide to thousands of families on public assistance.

Why aren’t Michiganders eating their fruits and vegetables?

March 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A small fraction of Michigan adults are consuming recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, increasing dietary disease risks.

Trump would ax funding for Michigan-grown healthy eating incentives

March 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A $100 million grant program – championed by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan —that funds programs like Michigan-created Double Up Food Bucks could soon end.

Michigan environment roundup: Fertilizer could fuel $65B economic boon

March 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Two-in-five large Michigan industrial plants exceeded water pollution limits

March 20, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Over a 21-month period, Michigan sites reported 196 excessive discharges of pollutants, including hydrogen sulfide, chlorine and mercury, a report shows.

No joke: Ann Arbor is removing deer ovaries. Lawmakers aren’t laughing.

March 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Ann Arbor is spending big bucks sterilizing car collision-inducing, garden-destroying deer. Some unhappy hunters and lawmakers want to ban the practice.

Michigan environment roundup: Monsanto research eased EPA regulations

March 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

For Michigan farmers (and Nestlé) bill makes big water withdrawals easier, and info secret

February 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan House Republicans want to make it easier for farmers to withdraw large quantities of groundwater— and exempt water use data from public view. The bill, if passed, could also benefit Nestlé.

Effort afoot to keep Michigan lawmakers’ hands off cash for public lands

February 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Lawmakers are eying big changes to the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which has invested more than $1 billion for protecting, expanding and developing public lands in every Michigan county.

Slideshow: Explore projects funded by Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund

February 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

From Detroit to the Upper Peninsula, the fund has paid to acquire land in every Michigan county.

Michigan environment roundup: Canadian trash, solar squabbles, nuclear history

February 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Did a Michigan campus narrowly avert a massacre like the Florida shooting?

February 15, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz

We’ve all seen the horrible scenes from a Florida high school. But similar carnage may have visited Lansing Community College in November. But then a worried friend called police.

Coal is dead. A Michigan town is at center of battle over what’s next.

February 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Once a dominant fuel in Michigan, coal-fired power is fading fast, with major implications for air quality and the communities that rely on them for jobs. A squabble over a proposed $1 billion natural gas plant in St. Clair County illustrates a broader debate about what comes next.

Here’s where Michigan governor candidates stand on funding toxic cleanups

February 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bridge Magazine asked eight candidates — four Republicans and four Democrats — about how to pay to clean 7,300 toxic sites across Michigan

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