Kelly House

Kelly House covers Michigan environmental issues for Bridge. She joined the Bridge staff in March 2020. Previously, Kelly reported for the Oregonian, where her coverage of the environment and other topics garnered national honors and sparked state efforts to better protect Oregon’s natural resources. She has a master’s degree in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School and a bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University. She is from Harrison and lives in Lansing. You can reach her at khouse@bridgemi.com or on Twitter at @Kelly_M_House.

Articles

Leelanau condemned the N-word, but the fight over racism had just begun

Leelanau condemned the N-word, but the fight over racism had just begun

October 29, 2020 | Kelly House

Like the rest of the nation, northern Michigan began a reckoning on race after George Floyd’s death in May. Then, a Leelanau County road commissioner’s racist outburst made it an undeniably local issue.

Proposal 1 ballot measure would change rules on Michigan parks fund

Proposal 1 ballot measure would change rules on Michigan parks fund

October 15, 2020 | Kelly House

Supporters say the proposed changes will help Michigan’s public land managers update and expand recreational amenities on public lands. But opponents argue the changes improperly divert money away from land preservation to plug holes in state and local budgets.

Michigan lawmakers want to make Enbridge Line 5 anchor strikes a felony

Michigan lawmakers want to make Enbridge Line 5 anchor strikes a felony

October 15, 2020 | Kelly House

Following a series of recent strikes to the Line 5 pipeline, the legislation would ban large boats from dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac and force operators to pay for any resulting damage.

After possible Ice Age discovery, group urges halt to Line 5 tunnel

After possible Ice Age discovery, group urges halt to Line 5 tunnel

October 15, 2020 | Kelly House

A group composed mostly of Native American women say they’ve discovered evidence of an Ice Age cultural site in the Straits of Mackinac, and they want state officials to investigate before making decisions about Enbridge’s plan to drill a tunnel under the Straits.

Wolverine Watchmen militia linked to Whitmer kidnap plot has Boogaloo ties

Wolverine Watchmen militia linked to Whitmer kidnap plot has Boogaloo ties

October 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Michigan is ‘the birthplace of the militia movement,’ but experts say the Wolverine Watchmen group linked to plots to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, target police and storm the state Capitol appears to be part of an increasingly extreme and conspiracy-minded antigovernment movement.

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

October 8, 2020 | Kelly House, Paula Gardner, Riley Beggin

Emotions have boiled over repeatedly this year over coronavirus lockdown orders. Violence has erupted over masks and protests have included guns. And now, a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Federal authorities arrest six men on allegations they tried to kidnap and put Whitmer on trial. They called her a ‘tyrant,’ echoing language of opponents of her COVID-19 restrictions.

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Kelly House

A divided court declared unconstitutional  a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to issue orders without input from the Legislature. The GOP declares it a ‘great day’ and the fate of 120-plus orders from Whitmer are now in question.

Gov. Whitmer unveils $500M spending strategy for Michigan water

Gov. Whitmer unveils $500M spending strategy for Michigan water

October 1, 2020 | Kelly House

Experts said the strategy, which largely draws upon existing funding sources to tackle PFAS contamination, lead pipe replacement, sewer overflows and other water challenges, is a good step but fixing Michigan’s water infrastructure will require more investment.

Michigan dam safety program underfunded, understaffed, slow to enforce

Michigan dam safety program underfunded, understaffed, slow to enforce

October 1, 2020 | Kelly House

The state’s dam program suffers from a “culture of minimal enforcement” and lacks the time, staff, and budget to properly do its job, an outside review team has found.

Smoke over Michigan skies as western wildfires burn

Smoke over Michigan skies as western wildfires burn

September 15, 2020 | Kelly House

So far, the wildfire smoke hovering over Michigan has not impacted regional air quality. But climate experts say it should serve as a sobering reminder that the Great Lakes State is not immune to worsening natural disasters caused by climate change.

Michigan may get through COVID-induced bottle backlog sooner than expected

Michigan may get through COVID-induced bottle backlog sooner than expected

September 13, 2020 | Kelly House

Michigan’s soft drink and recycling industries say they are ahead of projections for absorbing all those bottles and cans back into the system. Long lines, closures and bottle limits at groceries may ease this fall. 

 Judge: Enbridge can resume full operations on Michigan Line 5 pipeline

Judge: Enbridge can resume full operations on Michigan Line 5 pipeline

September 9, 2020 | Kelly House

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo on Wednesday said Enbridge can resume normal operations on Line 5, which had been partially shut down for months after damage was discovered to an anchor support on the lakebottom petroleum pipeline.

Enbridge just wants a permit. Michigan critics want to bring down Line 5

Enbridge just wants a permit. Michigan critics want to bring down Line 5

September 8, 2020 | Kelly House

As the Public Service Commission considers whether to allow Enbridge to move pipelines into a tunnel, opponents hope to elevate the case into a broader discussion over whether Line 5 is good for Michigan.

Safety woes linger at Edenville Dam after huge flood, Michigan report finds

Safety woes linger at Edenville Dam after huge flood, Michigan report finds

September 1, 2020 | Kelly House

A report into a massive dam failure in mid-Michigan didn’t assess blame, but recommends breaching part of the Edenville Dam to minimize damage and other safety concerns.

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

August 31, 2020 | Kelly House, Olivia Lewis

A deepening debate in the nation on systemic racial inequities has inspired Michigan activities to seize this societal moment to achieve reforms for communities of color that too often bare the burden of pollution in their communities.

Pandemic brings record crowds to Michigan parks. (And trash and trouble)

Pandemic brings record crowds to Michigan parks. (And trash and trouble)

August 17, 2020 | Kelly House

Parks, harbors, campgrounds and beaches are seeing big upticks in visitors this summer, as COVID-19 restricts summer travel options and vacationers embrace outdoor recreation for its built-in social distancing.

As Michigan makes PFAS strides, Oscoda residents say Air Force is stalling

As Michigan makes PFAS strides, Oscoda residents say Air Force is stalling

August 17, 2020 | Kelly House

Residents of Michigan’s first known PFAS site say 10 years after the toxic “forever chemicals” were discovered at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, the Air Force is deliberately delaying cleanup and balking at the state’s new PFAS standards.

Michigan’s new PFAS rules: 5 things to know

Michigan’s new PFAS rules: 5 things to know

August 17, 2020 | Kelly House

With new standards in place, state regulators will now set about identifying new violators and initiating treatment or cleanups. Here’s what you need to know.

Michigan businesses want cut of millions from uncollected pop returnables

Michigan businesses want cut of millions from uncollected pop returnables

August 12, 2020 | Kelly House

The beverage industry is pushing for legislation that would give it a piece of the $40 million-plus from Michigan’s unclaimed bottle deposit money, diverting it away from state environmental cleanups.

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