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How Trump clean water rule impacts Michigan’s wetlands and streams

How Trump clean water rule impacts Michigan’s wetlands and streams

February 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan farmers and business groups endorse the clarity they say the Trump rule brings to commercial practices. Environmentalists warn that wetlands would vanish and pollutants increase in the state’s lakes and streams.

Loving this mild Michigan winter? Outdoor enthusiasts sure aren’t.

Loving this mild Michigan winter? Outdoor enthusiasts sure aren’t.

February 3, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Michigan’s tepid winter is stressing ski hills, snowmobile clubs, sporting good stores and restaurants alike. Get used to it. This could be the new normal with climate change, experts say.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

January 21, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

State regulators have changed daily catch limits for Michigan’s state fish four times since 2017 as they try to balance conservation concerns against the frustration of many Upper Peninsula anglers.

Michigan environmental roundup: Lawmakers tackle moose hunts, water shutoffs

Michigan environmental roundup: Lawmakers tackle moose hunts, water shutoffs

January 21, 2020 | Monica Williams

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

Enbridge wins another round over Dana Nessel in Michigan Line 5 tunnel fight

Enbridge wins another round over Dana Nessel in Michigan Line 5 tunnel fight

January 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Court of Appeals decision this week means Enbridge can move forward for now with next steps on the project, including permit requests needed for tunnel construction

Michigan’s ‘green ooze’ may be ‘tip of iceberg’ of state’s toxic sites

Michigan’s ‘green ooze’ may be ‘tip of iceberg’ of state’s toxic sites

January 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday grilled environmental regulators over their response to a “green ooze” disaster in Madison Heights. There are many other crises yet to come, lawmakers warned.  

Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

January 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

An Amish community, with help from the ACLU, argues that Lenawee County is violating its religious freedom by demanding it stop using outhouses and spreading human waste in fields. Local residents are backing the Amish. 

Green ooze on Michigan freeway prompts calls for tougher polluter pay laws

Green ooze on Michigan freeway prompts calls for tougher polluter pay laws

January 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cites an environmental disaster in Oakland County to renew a push for “polluter pays” legislation that would require owners to clean –  rather than contain – environmental contaminants used or produced on their property.

Three Michigan Superfund sites among backlog of unfunded polluted sites

Three Michigan Superfund sites among backlog of unfunded polluted sites

January 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Projects in mid-Michigan, northern Michigan and Macomb County remain at a standstill without the money to get started.

How to weigh in on Michigan’s proposed limits on PFAS in drinking water

How to weigh in on Michigan’s proposed limits on PFAS in drinking water

January 7, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

The state has proposed maximum contaminant limits for seven PFAS compounds in Michigan drinking water. Here’s what they are, and how you can weigh in on the limits.

A look back at our most impactful Michigan environmental coverage of 2019

A look back at our most impactful Michigan environmental coverage of 2019

December 24, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Upper Peninsula wolves, surging Great Lakes, and examining the impact of the 1973 mass poisoning in St. Louis, Michigan. As 2019 winds down, take a look back at Bridge's most impactful environmental stories of the year. 

As surging Great Lakes threaten Michigan, homeowners beg Canada for help

As surging Great Lakes threaten Michigan, homeowners beg Canada for help

December 17, 2019 | Joel Kurth

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer weighs an emergency declaration for towns besieged by rising waters, a movement is growing to ask Canada to stop dumping millions of gallons of water per day into the Great Lakes through dams in northern Ontario.

Michigan Democrats take aim at Nestlé. Farmers urge caution.

Michigan Democrats take aim at Nestlé. Farmers urge caution.

December 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Amid tensions on water diversions, Democrats propose legislation that would limit Nestlé’s ability to pump Michigan groundwater and export it out of the state. But farmers say such a law threatens their groundwater rights.

Deal reached between state, townships and Wolverine World Wide over PFAS

Deal reached between state, townships and Wolverine World Wide over PFAS

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Wolverine will pay $69.5 million to extend municipal water to PFAS-affected residents in northern Kent County under the tentative agreement.

Enbridge lost rods in the Straits. It didn’t tell Michigan for two months.

Enbridge lost rods in the Straits. It didn’t tell Michigan for two months.

December 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Enbridge says the accident involving lost rods at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac doesn’t pose an environmental risk. But some environmental groups are worried it indicates problems to come.

Michigan DNR said it killed wolves to protect humans. Then we got its emails.

Michigan DNR said it killed wolves to protect humans. Then we got its emails.

November 22, 2019 | John Barnes

State wildlife leaders violated the state Freedom of Information Act, concealing details surrounding calf deaths and the 2016 shootings of protected gray wolves. Records suggest a different motive for the kills.

Poisoned Michigan: How weak laws and ignored history enabled PFAS crisis

Poisoned Michigan: How weak laws and ignored history enabled PFAS crisis

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jim Malewitz

Michigan lawmakers said ‘never again’ after an agricultural mishap sparked one of the worst poisonings in history in 1973. But serious reform never came and some mistakes of that crisis are being repeated with the PFAS threat befouling state waterways.

 In a Michigan town with a toxic legacy, residents fought for decades to heal

In a Michigan town with a toxic legacy, residents fought for decades to heal

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jim Malewitz

In the town of St. Louis, a  group of rabble-rousers ensured state and federal authorities didn’t forget their toxic legacy. The work is only half done, but could be a lesson for communities now battling PFAS contamination.

Michigan’s PFAS cleanup costs are mounting. Taxpayers may get stuck with the tab.

Michigan’s PFAS cleanup costs are mounting. Taxpayers may get stuck with the tab.

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

When a chemical disaster strikes – as it did in the tiny town of St. Louis – bills mount far faster than polluters’ willingness to pay. It’s a lesson survivors of the crisis fear will repeat with PFAS, which Michigan already has spent tens of millions to address.

Michigan found PFAS in Oscoda in 2010. There’s still no plan to clean it up.

Michigan found PFAS in Oscoda in 2010. There’s still no plan to clean it up.

November 18, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

An ignored 2010 report about PFAS is just one of several bureaucratic hurdles that has slowed Michigan’s response to the chemical that is now befouling waters. The delays are reminiscent of those that prolonged the PBB contamination of livestock in the 1970s.

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