Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must lay out a bold vision to protect our waters, clean up toxic groundwater, keep water services from being privatized and put the onus on chemical companies to show they can operate safely.
Climate change is already affecting the Great Lakes. One group is urging Michigan, other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces to coordinate efforts to make the Great Lakes basin more resilient to those changes.
With winter surveys and summer insecticide treatment, Michigan aims to avoid the fate of Eastern states, which lost hemlocks to pests native to Japan. But warming winters are making it harder to stand our ground.
Blame the Great Lakes and climate change for Michigan’s dreary winters. And it appears to be getting worse as rising temperatures diminish ice cover on the lakes, allowing more moisture to rise in the atmosphere.
From polluter pay laws to plastic bag bans, Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates hope to reverse Republican-passed laws and revisit Democratic issues that faltered in the Republican-led Legislature.
After 40 years, Democrats assume complete control of Lansing in January and say they want to tackle climate policy. The experience of accepting wind and solar farms in Gratiot County could be a model for the state.
As millions of pounds of microplastics enter the Great Lakes each year, microplastics are turning up in human bodies. Researchers are scrambling to understand the health effects while efforts to curb waste fall short.
The denial permanently eliminates 800 megawatts of emissions-free power from Michigan’s grid, hindering the state’s efforts to go carbon neutral. But nuclear detractors cheered the move, citing safety fears at the aging plant.
The century-old dams are expensive to maintain, generate little energy and are generally harmful to rivers and native fish. But their reservoirs bring boaters, visitors and lake houses that help support small communities.
Montcalm County voters rejected five renewable energy referendums and recalled several local officials who supported the plans. There is growing opposition to wind and solar farms as Michigan attempts to chart a green energy path.