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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Traverse City’s climate may resemble Philadelphia’s in 60 years, study says

March 27, 2019 | Kaley Fech

The climates of Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Traverse City and Montreal in 60 years could be similar to the current climate of Chester, Pennsylvania, a new study says.

Michigan environment roundup: Cherry farmers brace for killer bacteria

March 27, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Whitmer orders Michigan to set PFAS standards, setting up clash with GOP

March 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gretchen Whitmer directs state regulators to set limits on how much of the chemical is unsafe for waterways. Doing so could help enforce cleanups, but some Republican leaders say feds should take the lead.

How a typo revived a Michigan fish feud over hungry Yoopers and science

March 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A brouhaha over brook trout has bubbled up in Michigan, pitting older anglers against downstate ones and prompting questions about whether science or special interests sets policy.

Michigan landfills are a small source for PFAS in waterways, study says

March 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The Michigan Waste and Recycling Association found high levels of PFAS in landfills, illustrating the prevalence of the hazardous chemicals in what Michiganders throw away. But the authority suggests landfills are a small contributor to PFAS in wastewater releases.

Michigan environment roundup: Glacier that formed Great Lakes is disappearing

March 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Judge upholds Line 5 tunnel authority as Dana Nessel’s review continues

March 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The Michigan Court of Claims ruling won’t end of legal battles surrounding the legality of the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, created to oversee a tunnel surrounding Enbridge Energy’s Line 5. 

Less skiing, thinner ice, canceled fests. Michigan adapts to climate change

February 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The last few weeks notwithstanding, winters are warming, changing Pure Michigan and forcing those who rely on snow and cold to get creative.

Warming temps mean many Michigan lakes won’t freeze in coming years

February 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Mike Wilkinson

Climate change means that inland lakes in much of the Lower Peninsula may not regularly freeze during winter, endangering the ecosystem and a way of life.

Michigan environment roundup: PFAS found in 119 Michigan water systems

February 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Gretchen Whitmer remakes Michigan DEQ again, but leaves oversight panels intact

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Fresh off an override by Republicans, the Democratic governor issued an executive order Wednesday to reshuffle the DEQ. Oversight panels will remain, pending a legal review.

Consumers Energy chief: We’re making changes after natural gas crisis

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Consumers Energy will be less reliant on a single facility that can pump up to 64 percent of its gas, its CEO tells lawmakers Wednesday. A fire at the facility last month sparked a crisis that almost led to shutoffs.

Here's how your ideas could help save Lake Superior's Buffalo Reef

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan officials are mulling how to thwart millions of tons of mining waste threatening to smother Buffalo Reef, a vital spawning ground for lake trout and whitefish. Here’s your chance to offer feedback. 

Michigan environment roundup: 13 water systems fail federal lead test.

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

After Republican lawmakers killed Gretchen Whitmer’s environmental shakeup, what’s next?

February 15, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The ball’s now in Whitmer’s court amid a power struggle over environmental oversight.

Few love Michigan’s DEQ. But are oversight panels worth Whitmer-GOP showdown?

February 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is locked in a showdown with Republicans over her plan to kill oversight panels. Both sides agree citizens should have a say in regulations, but have disagreed for years about how to do so.

Michigan environment roundup: Ice fishing under threat in Michigan

February 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Michigan Senate debates reversing Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

February 7, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The conversation follows a House vote to block Whitmer’s executive order to transform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the latest in a power struggle that may derail bipartisanship.

Michigan Republicans move to block Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

February 6, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

One month after taking office and pledging to work with Republicans, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to reorganize the state’s environment agency face a challenge from Republican lawmakers. They’re upset she plans to abolish oversight groups that give businesses a say in regulations.

Gretchen Whitmer reshapes Michigan environmental watchdog agency

February 4, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The new Democratic governor is revamping DEQ to more closely focus on clean water, climate change and protecting poor communities from environmental harm. Republicans vow to hold hearings.

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