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Gage Skidmore / flickr creative commons

The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air and water programs.

drone and trees
Courtesy / flickr/Michael MK Khor

The United Nations recognizes March 22 as World Water Day.  Michigan State University is observing the event with a speaker series.  Dr. Bruno Basso, a University Foundation Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, uses drones to study how seed crops consume water. 

 


Michigan Officials are extending the time the public can comment on Nestle Ice Mountain’s request to pump more groundwater from Osceola County.

Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha
Courtesy / Michigan State University

President Trump delivered his first address before Congress Tuesday.  He touched on themes ranging from immigration reform to counter terrorism to education.  One prominent guest in the audience came to hear Mr. Trump’s plans to resolve a crisis in Michigan that’s resounded around the world.

The Obama years are now behind us. How did the Great Lakes fare as a result?


bottled water
Daniel Orth / Flickr

A Michigan department needs to do more to follow its own regulations on bottled water inspection. That was the message of an audit released Wednesday by the Office of the Auditor General.

Asian Carp
Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say they'll continue efforts to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite uncertainty about what Donald Trump might propose.

Great Lakes Year in Review 2016

Dec 13, 2016
Lake Superior photo
Pixabay

The Flint Water Crisis became a top story in 2016, but it wasn't the only development involving Michigan water or the Great Lakes. We review and update those stories, and look ahead to 2017, with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.

Dick Peffley photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

This week, the Lansing Board of Water and Light will replace the last of Lansing’s lead water service lines. We talk with the Board’s general manager, Dick Peffley, about the multi-year, multi-million dollar project.


Michael McDaniel photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

University of Michigan researchers say the number of lead water lines that need  replacement in Flint may be several times higher than expected. We get the thoughts of the East Lansing resident charged with coordinating the pipe replacement effort, Gen. Michael McDaniel.


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.”


Lake Erie algae photo
Courtesy photo / NWF Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.


East Lansing/Holt boys water polo team building program, character

Nov 12, 2016
Ashley Gibbard / WKAR's "Current Sports"

EAST LANSING, Mich. – East Lansing high school shares something in common with only 37 other high schools in Michigan: fielding a water polo team. The school combined with Holt high school to start the Holt/EL water polo club 12 years ago, leaving some students wondering what  the somewhat-unfamiliar sport was all about.

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.


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.


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