Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan Environment Watch examines how public policy, industry, and other factors interact with the state’s trove of natural resources.

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See how drilling has funded land and parks in Michigan

February 28, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Since 1976, more than $1 billion from gas and oil royalties have helped fund public lands projects throughout Michigan. Use this database to find projects near you.

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.

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

Michigan Environmental Roundup: Toxic vapors, Great Lakes sanctuary, Legionnaires’ outbreak.

February 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

Senator wants to defang the ‘radical’ Michigan DEQ. He just may do so.

February 2, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Powerful Sen. Tom Casperson wants to give industry the power to override decisions from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which he says pushes a “radical left-wing agenda.”

Michigan Environmental Roundup: Ice jams, Lake Michigan and shipwrecks

February 2, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

Gov. Rick Snyder wants $5 fee on drinking water for pipe fixes

February 1, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan has hundreds of thousands of lead water lines. The term-limited governor is proposing new fees to fix them.

Even after Flint, lead-free water lines may be a pipe dream in Michigan

January 31, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Rick Snyder is pushing for the nation’s strictest rules for limiting lead in water supplies. But doing so is expensive, and fellow Republicans are skeptical.

Reforms going nowhere to require Michigan schools to test water for lead

January 31, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

After Flint, lawmakers set aside millions to test water used by children. But the money is unspent, and bills to require testing have gone nowhere.

Read Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to remove lead water pipes in Michigan

January 31, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Flint awakened residents to the danger of lead mains. Explore the term-limited governor’s proposal to fix the problem.

Here’s where Michigan 2018 governor candidates stand on lead pipes

January 31, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bridge Magazine asked eight candidates — four Republicans and four Democrats — about what their visions for clean drinking water following the Flint crisis.

Gov. Rick Snyder pitches plan to clean up Michigan’s polluted sites

January 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan has thousands of polluted sites, and funding to clean them up is nearly gone. Its outgoing governor wants to raise the money by boosting trash disposal fees.

Michigan has 7,300 toxic sites. Money for cleanups is almost gone.

January 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Funding shortage threatens to halt toxic cleanups in Michigan, including a 6-mile long plume of pollution that’s tainted 13 trillions of groundwater beneath Antrim County. (with map)

Map: Find PFAS chemical threats to Michigan drinking water near your town

January 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz, Mike Wilkinson

A group of industrial chemicals increasingly is found in Michigan’s environment. See where regulators have flagged them so far.

Cost to Michigan of trusting Enbridge on Line 5: $255 per hour

January 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

After Enbridge admitted breaching public trust, Michigan is paying a pair of experts big money to monitor the company’s studies of its controversial pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac.

Michigan environment roundup: toxic blood, salt bombs and solar power

January 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

What now after Michigan, Enbridge agree to deal on Line 5?

November 27, 2017 | Jim Malewitz

Environmentalists aren’t happy. A shutdown seems unlikely. And other takeaways from Monday’s deal over the gas pipeline.

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