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Michigan businesses don’t have to choose between safe water and bottom line

Michigan businesses don’t have to choose between safe water and bottom line

October 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s freshwater resources don’t have to be in conflict with smart business investment and partnerships, experts said Thursday at the Center for Michigan’s Water Summit in Lansing.

Enbridge halts Line 5 Michigan ads featuring U.S. scientist, apologizes

Enbridge halts Line 5 Michigan ads featuring U.S. scientist, apologizes

September 30, 2019 | Craig Mauger

The Canadian energy company halted the advertisements after MCFN and Bridge Magazine revealed the company did not have permission to run the photo and critics called the ads misleading.

How a U.S. scientist unknowingly starred in an Enbridge Michigan ad campaign

How a U.S. scientist unknowingly starred in an Enbridge Michigan ad campaign

September 30, 2019 | Craig Mauger, Jim Malewitz

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it didn’t give Enbridge Energy permission to feature an agency researcher in a statewide advertising campaign to protect the Line 5 oil pipeline. One person who worked with the researcher called the ads “dishonest.”

DTE Energy vows ‘net zero’ on carbon emissions for electric business by 2050

DTE Energy vows ‘net zero’ on carbon emissions for electric business by 2050

September 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

 DTE Electric Co., the state’s largest power provider, said it hopes other utilities will pursue similar goals to slow the earth’s warming from greenhouse gases. The plan drew praise and some skepticism

Memo to Ted Nugent: Not all hunters hate Michigan’s deer bait ban

Memo to Ted Nugent: Not all hunters hate Michigan’s deer bait ban

September 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

 A ban on deer baiting is prompting fears of a plunge in hunting (and objections from the Motor City Madman) but conservation groups say the move is necessary to stop chronic wasting disease from decimating the herd.

Talk about Pure Michigan: Outdoor pursuits generate $10B, report says

Talk about Pure Michigan: Outdoor pursuits generate $10B, report says

September 23, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A new federal report for the first time puts a dollar figure on the boating, RVing, hiking and skiing that Michigan loves. The amount is less than industry groups have touted, offering an opportunity for growth.

Algae is again fouling Lake Erie. Thanks a lot, Ohio.

Algae is again fouling Lake Erie. Thanks a lot, Ohio.

September 6, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

As water quality fears rise, many Michigan farmers are doing their part to stem the flow of algae-producing nutrients, widespread measures that Ohio can only dream of.

Higgins Lake’s crystal waters are under threat. Blame poop (and other stuff)

Higgins Lake’s crystal waters are under threat. Blame poop (and other stuff)

September 6, 2019 | Joel Kurth

It’s not just Higgins Lake. Leaky septic systems and fertilizers are leading to a growth of algae in northern Michigan’s clear water lakes and could require big-time investments to fix.

Audit: Michigan Office of the Great Lakes didn't keep track of money

Audit: Michigan Office of the Great Lakes didn't keep track of money

August 30, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The government agency is supposed to restore wetlands, but hasn’t updated action plans for years and failed to keep tabs on grants, an audit finds.

Rising waters of Lake Michigan assault Grand Traverse coast. In photos.

Rising waters of Lake Michigan assault Grand Traverse coast. In photos.

August 28, 2019 | John L. Russell

Vanishing beaches. Swamped piers. Snapped concrete. Near-record high waters battered the scenic peninsula from Traverse City to Leland.

Battle looms over laws to slow spread of invasive species in Great Lakes

Battle looms over laws to slow spread of invasive species in Great Lakes

August 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Ballast water regulations have limited the introduction of new species in the Great Lakes, but new research shows they may be spread by domestic freighters. The shipping industry claims new rules would cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Michigan environment roundup: State says Flint is violating Safe Drinking Water Act

Michigan environment roundup: State says Flint is violating Safe Drinking Water Act

August 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

 Opinion | Wind turbines helping fund schools? It’s happening in Michigan

Opinion | Wind turbines helping fund schools? It’s happening in Michigan

August 26, 2019 | Peter Sinclair

An unexpected funding source – revenue from wind turbines – is helping some Michigan schools stay afloat.

All eyes on Grand Traverse Bay as deadline looms for tribal fishing decree

All eyes on Grand Traverse Bay as deadline looms for tribal fishing decree

August 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A consent decree that carves out fishing rights in the Great Lakes for five Michigan tribes is set to expire next August and negotiations have yet to start with the state. The outcome could shape fisheries for decades.

Environment roundup: Michigan punts on PFAS testing at dairy farm

Environment roundup: Michigan punts on PFAS testing at dairy farm

August 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Q&A: Demystifying sky-high electricity rates in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Q&A: Demystifying sky-high electricity rates in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

August 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

“There is widespread discontent” with the U.P.’s biggest electricity provider: Upper Peninsula Power Co. Elise Matz, a consumer advocate, wants to help Yoopers understand what’s going on.

Michigan farm country testifies of widespread crisis as crops go unplanted

Michigan farm country testifies of widespread crisis as crops go unplanted

August 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

At a legislative hearing, Michigan farmers, academics and public officials predict fallout from bad weather and a trade war will be widespread and long-lasting.

Study: Asian carp could thrive in Lake Michigan, despite earlier doubts

Study: Asian carp could thrive in Lake Michigan, despite earlier doubts

August 12, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

 A new University of Michigan study found that voracious bighead carp could survive in wider areas of Lake Michigan than previously thought. The findings loudened calls for Congress to approve a $778 million barrier to prevent the invasive fish from jeopardizing the Great Lakes’ $7 billion commercial fishery. 

Before debates, Gretchen Whitmer urges Democrats to protect Great Lakes

Before debates, Gretchen Whitmer urges Democrats to protect Great Lakes

July 29, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Joining fellow Democratic governors in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Michigan’s governor urges presidential hopefuls to protect the Great Lakes by backing proposals that would improve water quality and thwart invasive species. 

It’s not just Flint: Poverty is bad for your health in Michigan, study finds

It’s not just Flint: Poverty is bad for your health in Michigan, study finds

July 25, 2019 | Ted Roelofs, Jim Malewitz

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focuses on environmental justice, a new study by the University of Michigan maps ‘hot spots’ where low-income people of color are exposed to high levels of pollution.

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