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.

Keith Creagh photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A species of invasive snail has now been identified in three Michigan rivers. Some anglers who fish Michigan’s legendary Au Sable River have accused state officials of an inadequate response to the New Zealand mud snail. Michigan DNR director Keith Creagh responds to the criticism and explains what the agency’s doing.

View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Work continues in Flint as crews replace lead-tainted pipes that supply water to hundreds of homes. We talk with retired Brigadier General Mike McDaniel, the man tapped to coordinate Flint’s FAST Start program.

New Zealand mud snails photo
Robyn Draheim / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

An invasive snail, the New Zealand Mud Snail, appears to be spreading quickly in Michigan’s Au Sable River. An organization representing Michigan anglers is unhappy with the state’s response. We talk with Tom Baird of the Au Sable Anglers.

Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Flint may be in line for millions of dollars of federal help with lead water infrastructure. We review that development and others in September’s Great Lakes Month in Review.

MSU scientist Dr. Rufus Isaacs discusses the problem of bee decline in our environment and what’s being done about loss of this critically needed population.

East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Facility photo
Courtesy photo / City of East Lansing

The Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant's permit four years after it expired. We discuss the delay with Alice Dreger of Eastlansinginfo.org.

cornfield photo

A University of Michigan researcher says the environmental benefits of biofuels are exaggerated, so much so that he says burning fossil fuels is better. On our Tuesday environmental segment, a biofuels industry spokesman responds.

cornfield photo
Daniel_Bauer / flickr creative commons

A recent University of Michigan study suggests biofuels are worse for the environment than fossil fuels. We speak with the lead researcher at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, John DiCicco.

Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A bi-national group of Great Lakes mayors wants its governors and premiers to reverse a decision to allow Waukesha Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan. We review that environmental story and others coming up on Current State’s Great Lakes Month in Review.

Sea lamprey photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest / flickr creative commons

States and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway invest millions of dollars to track and control invasive species. A new tool developed by the Great Lakes Commission promises to make that task a little easier. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports.

demolition photo
Michael Gaida / Pixabay

How might the state recycle more home construction materials, especially given the number of blighted homes here? Two Spartans, a researcher and a faculty member, discuss the challenges and benefits of a stronger effort.

Willow the moose photo
Courtesy photo / Potter Park Zoo

Peter Whorf tours the new moose habitat at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo.

Michigan is blessed with a lot of water, but how exactly do we use all of it? We talk with MLive reporter Garret Ellison about his recent deep dive into Michigan water use data.

Alligator gar photo
Florida Fish and Wildlife / flickr creative commons

In parts of the Mississippi valley, scientists are working to reintroduce a fish  they say could prevent the spread of Asian carp. We learn about the role of the fearsome looking alligator gar.