Michigan Environment Watch

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


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.