Department of Environmental Quality

For our Great Lakes Month in Review, we update a pair of November’s top stories: Nestlé's request for more groundwater from Mecosta County and Michigan’s declaration of Lake Erie as “impaired.”


Christopher Taylor photo
Courtesy photo / City of Ann Arbor

For years, Ann Arbor has been cleaning up a potential carcinogen that was detected in parts of its groundwater. Last Thursday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality toughened standards for the chemical 1,4 Dioxane. We ask Ann Arbor’s mayor for his response to the DEQ’s change and what it means going forward.


Oil sheen photo
Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection / flickr creative commons

As Michigan officials consider how to update environmental cleanup criteria, some environmental advocates say the DEQ needs to better incorporate new science into its operation. Noted environmental policy expert James Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council explains.


Kirtland's Warbler photo
Dan Kennedy / Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

The Kirtland’s Warbler is an icon of northern Michigan.  With a brilliant yellow breast and distinctive song, the bird makes its home in young jack pine trees.  Once on the verge of extinction, a long-running conservation program is helping to restore the Kirtland’s Warbler population. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us up north in search of this endangered yet beloved bird.


Peregrine falcon chick
Courtesy photo / Jackson County

A once-endangered bird is again well established in Michigan, commonly in its cities. We talk with a Jackson county official about the peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Jackson and learn how Peregrines are doing in Michigan from DNR bird biologist, Karen Cleveland.

Moose photo
Ray Dumas / flickr creative commons

Michigan’s moose population is on the decline. That’s prompting the federal government to consider extending the animal additional protections under the Endangered Species Act. We talk with Drew Youngedyke of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Dan Kennedy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Dan Wyant photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


Michigan maps out 30-year water plan

Jun 17, 2015

Current State talks with Jon Allan of the Department of Environmental Quality about the plan to protect one of the state’s most treasured natural resources.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it’s found a deer in Meridian Township that’s tested positive for chronic wasting disease.  It’s the first reported case of the disease in the state since 2008, and the very first time it has occurred in a wild deer population. Chronic wasting disease is not harmful to humans, but is always fatal to deer.

Flickr - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

The alewife was once the scourge of the Great Lakes. The small, silver herring made its way into the basin through the St. Lawrence River in the late 19th century and proceeded to wreak havoc on the ecosystem. If you were around the region in the 1960s, you might remember the stench of thousands of dead alewives washing up on Great Lakes beaches. Now, scientists are concerned with a decline in the population of this invasive species and how the shrinking numbers of alewives could impact their main predator, the popular Chinook salmon.

UM study explores options for fracking regulations

Feb 23, 2015
Credit: http://graham.umich.edu/users/jcallew

Hydraulic fracturing--or fracking as its commonly known--involves drilling for natural gas by injecting a mixture or water, sand, and chemicals into the ground. 

Flickr - Ray Dumas

Last week, a Michigan-made home video created a stir on the internet, particularly among animal lovers. It showed a pair of adult moose in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula being fed through the window of a cabin. According to Mlive, the resident says the moose have begun appearing daily, apparently expecting to be fed. The video offers a fascinating, close-up view of these extraordinary animals in or near the wild.

MI adds killer shrimp, others to banned species list

Nov 18, 2014
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr

Killer shrimp might sound like the name of a B-grade horror film you’d see on the Syfy channel. But unlike Sharknadoes, the tiny crustacean poses a real threat, especially in the Great Lakes. Its voracious appetite has earned it a spot on the state’s recently updated banned species list, which identifies potential invasive aquatic pests.

DNR official explains recent Asian carp DNA find

Oct 14, 2014
Flickr - LouisvilleUSACE

Stopping new invasive species from taking hold in the basin has become a top priority for Michigan and other Great Lakes states. At the top of their hit list: Asian carp. The non-native fish have already infiltrated the Mississippi River system, crowding out native species and creating a nuisance for boaters.

DNR: Wolf management plan can include responsible hunting

Sep 23, 2014
Flickr - dallieedee

The gray wolf was declared an endangered species in 1975 after overhunting decimated their population. After a decades long recovery, their numbers rebounded and they were taken off the Endangered Species List in 2012. Now some states, including Michigan, are considering using hunting as a way to control potential wolf human conflicts.

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