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Watch videos, see tweets of flood damage from Edenville Dam failure

Watch videos, see tweets of flood damage from Edenville Dam failure

May 20, 2020 | Kathryn Dugal

The failure of the Edenville Dam has forced the evacuation of 10,000 residents in mid-Michigan, some of whom are sharing their experiences on social media.

Mid-Michigan dam that failed was cited for years for safety violations

Mid-Michigan dam that failed was cited for years for safety violations

May 19, 2020 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

The Edenville dam that catastrophically failed and prompted thousands of evacuations was cited repeatedly by federal authorities, who allege its owners had a “long history of noncompliance.”

As Great Lakes rise, less sand for Michigan beachgoers during coronavirus

As Great Lakes rise, less sand for Michigan beachgoers during coronavirus

May 14, 2020 | Kelly House

Record-breaking Great Lakes water levels already wreak havoc on Michigan’s coastline. Now, they’re creating a new problem: How to maintain social distance at beaches reduced to a sliver of sand?

Poop sleuths: MSU studies Detroit wastewater for next coronavirus outbreak

Poop sleuths: MSU studies Detroit wastewater for next coronavirus outbreak

May 11, 2020 | Kelly House

By analyzing the prevalence of COVID-19 in Detroit’s sewage, researchers hope to create an early warning system capable of detecting new outbreaks before patients start showing up at area hospitals.

Michigan to Enbridge: Line 5 tunnel permit application is incomplete

Michigan to Enbridge: Line 5 tunnel permit application is incomplete

May 6, 2020 | Kelly House

In a letter to the Canadian oil company, state officials said Enbridge must fix omissions in its application to build the Line 5 tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac before they can review the application.

Enbridge moves forward with Line 5 tunnel despite coronavirus lockdown

Enbridge moves forward with Line 5 tunnel despite coronavirus lockdown

April 22, 2020 | Kelly House

The energy giant has submitted a flurry of permit applications in its bid to replace the aging Line 5 oil and gas pipeline, sparking concerns from opponents who argue regulators should delay decisions until the coronavirus emergency ends.

Michigan safety regulators launch probe of TB outbreak at state DNR lab

Michigan safety regulators launch probe of TB outbreak at state DNR lab

April 15, 2020 | John Barnes

MiOSHA inspectors are reviewing whether faulty masks or other safety hazards were present at the wildlife lab, where five workers contracted bovine tuberculosis. The review was spurred by Bridge reporting on the outbreak.

Coronavirus shutdown not yet helping air in Michigan’s most toxic ZIP code

Coronavirus shutdown not yet helping air in Michigan’s most toxic ZIP code

April 1, 2020 | Kelly House

In heavily industrialized southwest Detroit, the governor’s stay-at-home order has not yet meant measurable improvement in air quality.

Five Michigan DNR workers contracted tuberculosis, likely from testing deer

Five Michigan DNR workers contracted tuberculosis, likely from testing deer

March 6, 2020 | John Barnes

Deer-to-human transmission of TB is an exceedingly rare, Michigan-centric phenomenon. Department of Natural Resources officials said they saw no reason to publicly announce the cases.

As Michigan battle rages on Line 5, Enbridge quietly buys land for tunnel

As Michigan battle rages on Line 5, Enbridge quietly buys land for tunnel

March 4, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Enbridge Energy is spending millions for residential properties near Mackinaw City, apparently confident of winning lawsuits contesting a planned tunnel. Local residents say they welcome the revenue for schools and roads. 

Michigan adopts new PFAS standards over industry, farmer objections

Michigan adopts new PFAS standards over industry, farmer objections

February 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Environmentalists cheer as Michigan approves limits for the forever chemicals that are much stricter than federal advisory levels. But some question whether there was a rush to make the rules.

Michiganders accept climate change but say others more likely to suffer

Michiganders accept climate change but say others more likely to suffer

February 24, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Yale polling data find most Michigan residents believe in climate change, are worried about it, and think it’ll harm people in the United States. But they also believe they won’t be impacted personally.

Rockford residents skeptical of Michigan PFAS deal with Wolverine World Wide

Rockford residents skeptical of Michigan PFAS deal with Wolverine World Wide

February 11, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A proposed $69.5 million settlement with the state raised questions among residents over the company’s future obligations to monitor health and listen to public concerns.

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

February 11, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Polling by The Center for Michigan of more than 3,100 residents shows broad support for increased regulations to protect waterways and heightened anxieties about their safety.

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates’ plans for water quality, climate change and other environmental issues could have major effects on Michigan.

Dems have big PFAS plans, fewer for Great Lakes, as Michigan primary nears

Dems have big PFAS plans, fewer for Great Lakes, as Michigan primary nears

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates are rolling out plans to fight PFAS, improve water quality and fight climate change. There’s less talk about the Great Lakes before the March 10 primary, which some call a glaring omission.

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.

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