Department of Environmental Quality

12:08 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

UM study explores options for fracking regulations

John Callewaert is the director of the Integrated Assessment Center at the University of Michigan's Graham Institute for Sustainability. The Institute recently released a report looking at the options for regulating the fracking industry in Michigan.
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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. 

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11:43 am
Mon December 22, 2014

DNR gives update on wolves, moose and cougars (oh my!)

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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.

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1:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

MI adds killer shrimp, others to banned species list

Killer shrimp have been added to Michigan's banned species list.

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.

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12:18 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

DNR official explains recent Asian carp DNA find

Officials hope to keep the Asian Carp out of Michigan waters.
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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.

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10:58 am
Tue September 23, 2014

DNR: Wolf management plan can include responsible hunting

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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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11:41 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Keeping drugs out of Michigan's water supply


Today, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Pharmacists Association will accept unwanted, unused or outdated prescription medications for safe disposal. The event is at the state capital in Lansing from 10:30 a-m to 1 p-m. The idea is to keep these medications out of the state’s water supply.

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2:40 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Sen. Jones Urges Feds to End Coal Exemption for Lake MI's 'Badger'

State Senator Rick Jones
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A Lansing-area state legislator is urging federal environmental officials to get tough with the coal-fired SS Badger.

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7:07 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

DEQ Approves First Permit for Western UP Copper and Silver Mine

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A company that wants to open a mine in the Upper Peninsula has cleared its first hurdle with state regulators. Orvana Resources hopes to start operations in 2014. 

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