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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Trump would ax funding for Michigan-grown healthy eating incentives

March 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A $100 million grant program – championed by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan —that funds programs like Michigan-created Double Up Food Bucks could soon end.

Michigan environment roundup: Fertilizer could fuel $65B economic boon

March 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

Two-in-five large Michigan industrial plants exceeded water pollution limits

March 20, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Over a 21-month period, Michigan sites reported 196 excessive discharges of pollutants, including hydrogen sulfide, chlorine and mercury, a report shows.

No joke: Ann Arbor is removing deer ovaries. Lawmakers aren’t laughing.

March 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Ann Arbor is spending big bucks sterilizing car collision-inducing, garden-destroying deer. Some unhappy hunters and lawmakers want to ban the practice.

Michigan environment roundup: Monsanto research eased EPA regulations

March 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

For Michigan farmers (and Nestlé) bill makes big water withdrawals easier, and info secret

February 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan House Republicans want to make it easier for farmers to withdraw large quantities of groundwater— and exempt water use data from public view. The bill, if passed, could also benefit Nestlé.

Effort afoot to keep Michigan lawmakers’ hands off cash for public lands

February 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Lawmakers are eying big changes to the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which has invested more than $1 billion for protecting, expanding and developing public lands in every Michigan county.

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.

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