Michigan environment

Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

Water infrastructure isn’t the only thing getting restored in Flint. There’s also a multi-million dollar effort to upgrade and restore Flint’s riverfront. Government and non-governmental participants are collaborating on the Flint River Redevelopment Project.

Melissa Mays photo
Courtesy photo / Melissa Mays

Melissa Mays has been one of the busiest and most vocal activists in the Flint Water Crisis. Current State speaks with her about how she and her city are doing two years after her family’s health issues began.

Last lump of MSU coal photo
Brian Wheeler / Consumers Energy, Inc.

Consumers Energy is working with MSU to build a new substation that will power the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. At the same time, the utility is retiring seven outdated coal-fired power plants in Michigan. We talk about these issues with Consumers Energy Vice President Garrick Rochow.

Oak wilt photo
Bob Shrader / flickr creative commons

Red oak trees turn a beautiful, fiery shade every autumn. But sadly, some of those trees die in the middle of summer because of an invasive species. We talk with a forester and an invasive species expert about this problem.

Vern Stephens photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Do you know how to attract a Monarch butterfly? Not just any flower will do. To find out how to attract wildlife by growing flowers, grasses and other plants native to Michigan, we hear from Vern Stephens, an expert in the field.

Great Lakes Month in Review: Flint task force report

Mar 29, 2016
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Commentator Gary Wilson joins Current State to talk about March’s biggest environmental stories, including the recently released Flint Water Task Force report.

MSU assists Flint residents worried about pets’ health

Mar 22, 2016
MSU vet clinic Flint photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

MSU veterinarians are testing pets in Flint for lead in the aftermath of the city's water crisis. April Van Buren has the story of how the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is trying to protect the health of Flint's pets.

Sam Singh photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

East Lansing Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh wants greater oversight of oil pipelines criss-crossing Michigan. We ask Singh why, and get his views on the charges facing Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III.

St. Clair River photo
Doc Searls / flickr creative commons

Environmentalists are raising alarms about a permit that would allow crude oil through a pair of 98 year old pipelines below the St. Clair River. We talk with attorney Liz Kirkwood from the group For Love of Water.

February 24 snowfall at MSU photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Last December’s weather patterns created a winter anomaly in two of the Great Lakes: rising water levels. We learn more and get the latest on midweek snowfall from MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.

Rex LaMore photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

When private buildings become public burdens, they’re usually demolished and sent to landfills. But what if there was a way to re-purpose those old materials when a building outlives its usefulness? That’s the idea behind “domicology.” Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.

Sea lamprey photo
USFWSmidwest / flickr creative commons

Scientists at Michigan State University are hoping to use the mating pheromone of the sea lamprey to help eradicate the species from the region. We learn more from Michael Wagner from the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Dr. Frank Telewski photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Frank Telewski

The world's longest running scientific experiment has been in operation for the past 137 years, and it's been happening on a secret spot on the MSU campus. We learn more from the experiment's current caretaker, Dr. Frank Telewski.

White nose syndrome poses major threat to Michigan bats

Feb 2, 2016
Northern long-eared bat photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

The northern long-eared bat was recently listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We learn about the threats facing Michigan bats from Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation in Bloomfield Hills.

Steve Transeth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan will idle nine coal-fired power plants this spring. Utilities like the Lansing Board of Water and Light are developing strategies for replacing that power while meeting forecasted population growth. We hear from the co-chairman of the BWL’s citizen advisory committee, former Michigan Public Service Commission member Steve Transeth.