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State asks judge for quick action on Flint water choice

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Letter: Water rule threatens farming

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Letter: Water rule threatens farming


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Study finds contaminants in Mich. water supplies

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Study finds contaminants in Mich. water supplies


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State: Invasive ‘swamp’ crayfish found in Novi

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State: Invasive ‘swamp’ crayfish found in Novi


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Flint mayor to discuss long-term water source for city

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Trump’s EPA Sends $100M To Michigan For Flint Water System Upgrade

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US EPA Awards $100 Million to Upgrade Flint Water System

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State asks judge for quick action on Flint water choice
Lansing — The state’s Department of Environmental Quality is asking a federal court to quickly decide whether it will force Flint to adopt a long-term contract with the Detroit area water authority to supply drinking water to city residents. Lawyers for the state argue that repeated demands for the Flint City Council to approve a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority for Flint water or selection of an alternative source have gone unmet, according to a summary motion filed Friday in federal court   Read More ...
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Exploring Michigan’s Wetland Wonders
This story is provided and presented by our sponsor. Looking for an adventure? Then grab your binoculars and explore a Wetland Wonder near you. Michigan has seven Wetland Wonders scattered across the southern Lower Peninsula that offer exceptional wildlife viewing, bird watching, paddling and hiking opportunities. Created in the 1950s and 1960s by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), these areas provide exceptional waterfowl hunting and wildlife viewing   Read More ...
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Exploring Michigan’s Wetland Wonders
This story is provided and presented by our sponsor. Looking for an adventure? Then grab your binoculars and explore a Wetland Wonder near you. Michigan has seven Wetland Wonders scattered across the southern Lower Peninsula that offer exceptional wildlife viewing, bird watching, paddling and hiking opportunities. Created in the 1950s and 1960s by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), these areas provide exceptional waterfowl hunting and wildlife viewing   Read More ...
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Letter: Water rule threatens farming
This month, the Michigan Farm Bureau is collecting signatures to get rid of the “Waters of the U.S.” rule for good. The WOTUS rule, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) originally published in 2015, would have allowed Washington bureaucrats the ability to regulate water almost anywhere it wanted, even down to the smallest puddle in your driveway. This flawed rule is an egregious attack on private property rights, threatening the farm community’s ability to tend their own land, address insect and disease pressure, expand their acreage and hire more farm workers   Read More ...
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Nestle told to review pumping impact on Mich. wetlands
Lansing — Michigan environmental regulators have told a bottled water company to re-evaluate how its proposal to withdraw 210 million gallons of water annually from the state would impact local wetlands, streams and natural springs. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality requested more information from Nestle Waters North America in June about groundwater replenishment around the company’s White Pine Springs well northwest of Evart, MLive reported   Read More ...
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Nestle told to review pumping impact on Michigan wetlands
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan environmental regulators have told a bottled water company to re-evaluate how its proposal to withdraw 210 million gallons of water annually from the state would impact local wetlands, streams and natural springs. MLive reports the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality requested more information from Nestle Waters North America in June about groundwater replenishment around the company's White Pine Springs well northwest of Evart   Read More ...
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Study finds contaminants in Mich. water supplies
Drinking water in Michigan meets most federal guideline standards for quality but does have certain levels of contaminants in it that could be harmful over time, according to a national water study released Wednesday. The analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that studies and promotes environmental quality, found 81 contaminants in Michigan drinking water provided by various utility providers   Read More ...
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Millions in Michigan exposed to potentially unsafe chemicals in their water
Nearly 6 million Michigan residents drink, cook with and otherwise use tap water with an unregulated heavy metal, hexavalent chromium, at levels above where scientific study shows a cancer risk exists, a database compiled by an environmental nonprofit organization shows. It's the same contaminant made famous in the 1990s, when law clerk Erin Brockovich investigated Pacific Gas & Electric's contamination of groundwater over decades with hexavalent chromium in the Mojave Desert near Hinkley, Calif   Read More ...
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State: Invasive ‘swamp’ crayfish found in Novi
Invasive red swamp crayfish have been detected in a retention pond in Novi and in a lake south of Kalamazoo, posing a threat to native crayfish and the state’s natural environment, state officials said Wednesday. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said a citizen told state officials Monday about the possibility of the red swamp crayfish in a retention pond off Haggery Road after a child found one in a dip net   Read More ...
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Invasive red swamp crayfish discovered in southern Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say an invasive crayfish native to the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast has made its way to Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources says multiple numbers of red swamp crayfish turned up recently in a Novi retention pond and in Sunset Lake, in the Kalamazoo County town of Vicksburg. They are Michigan's first known sightings of live red swamp crayfish, a popular menu item in the South   Read More ...
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Invasive red swamp crayfish found in two locations in Michigan
DETROIT - Invasive red swamp crayfish have been found in two Michigan locations, prompting an alert from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. They were found in Sunset Lake in Vicksburg, south of Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo County), and in a retention pond off Haggerty Road in Novi (Oakland County). Here's more from the DNR: Reports of the crayfish at Sunset Lake came to the DNR from two separate landowners Thursday, July 13   Read More ...
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New concern raised over lead in Detroit school's drinking water
DETROIT - It has been more than a year since voluntary testing in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) showed higher than allowed lead levels in drinking water. The EPA standard for lead in water is 15 parts per billion. Water tested at some of the Detroit schools showed lead levels between 16 and 27 parts per billion. Two water fountains and a prep sink were tested in each school   Read More ...
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State sues Flint over delays in approving drinking water source
Since its founding, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has now granted $1 billion (in actual dollars — not inflation — adjusted) in the Flint area. Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. LANSING — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality sued the city of Flint today over the city council's foot-dragging in approving Detroit's Great Lakes Water Authority as its long-term drinking water source   Read More ...
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Flint Water Crisis: Key events in Legionnaires' outbreak
Flint begins using the Flint River as its new water source. The city does not provide corrosion-control treatment to prevent lead from leaching into pipes, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality does not require it. Woman dies of Legionnaires' disease. She is the first victim to die of the disease during an outbreak that eventually sickens dozens. Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services receives materials from a departmental epidemiologist outlining a 2014 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County   Read More ...
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May offers good opportunities to visit Michigan wetlands
LANSING — State officials are encouraging visits to some of Michigan's premier wetland areas during May, which federal agencies designate as American Wetlands Month. The state Department of Natural Resources manages seven "wetland wonders," which are areas that offer especially good waterfowl habitat and hunting opportunities. More outdoors: They are scattered across the southern Lower Peninsula, from the Fennville Farm Unit in Allegan County to the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Monroe and Wayne counties   Read More ...
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May offers good opportunities to visit Michigan wetlands
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are encouraging visits to some of Michigan's premier wetland areas during May, which federal agencies designate as American Wetlands Month. The state Department of Natural Resources manages seven "wetland wonders," which are areas that offer especially good waterfowl habitat and hunting opportunities. They are scattered across the southern Lower Peninsula, from the Fennville Farm Unit in Allegan County to the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Monroe and Wayne counties   Read More ...
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Letter: Water filtration vital to state
As the natural resource manager of Ice Mountain, I oversee the management of the water resources in Michigan. As a lifelong Michigan resident and an environmental scientist, I take this responsibility seriously. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s public comment and review process for our pending application to increase withdrawal capacity of our well in Osceola Township   Read More ...
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Flint mayor recommends Great Lakes Water Authority remain city's water source
FLINT, Mich. - Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced Tuesday she is recommending the city stay with the Great Lakes Water Authority as its primary water source. Weaver said she doesn't want the city to be switching water sources again. The city returned to the Detroit-area source in 2015 after it was discovered that Flint River water was not treated to reduce lead pipe corrosion for 18 months   Read More ...
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Flint mayor to discuss long-term water source for city
FLINT, Mich. - Flint's mayor is poised to make a recommendation on where the city should get its drinking water long term in the wake of the crisis that left the supply contaminated with lead. Karen Weaver will make the announcement Tuesday. She said last year that the city of about 100,000 residents would stick with a plan to ultimately draw from a new pipeline that is being built to Lake Huron   Read More ...
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Trump’s EPA Sends $100M To Michigan For Flint Water System Upgrade
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was officially awarded $100 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to make vital upgrades to Flint’s drinking water system. Flint’s drinking water infrastructure became contaminated with lead and other toxins after the city switched water sources as a cost-cutting measure, as per Hannity. Beyond the $100 million approved, the law endorsed a year ago likewise incorporated an arrangement to pardon another $20 million in past framework advances to Flint   Read More ...
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US EPA Awards $100 Million to Upgrade Flint Water System
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan's drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning. The grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will enable the city to “accelerate and expand” its work to replace lead pipes and make other improvements, according to the EPA   Read More ...
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EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system
WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan's drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning. The grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will enable the city to "accelerate and expand" its work to replace lead pipes and make other improvements, according to the EPA   Read More ...
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EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning. The grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will enable the city to “accelerate and expand” its work to replace lead pipes and make other improvements, according to the EPA   Read More ...
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U.S. EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan's drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning. The grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will enable the city to "accelerate and expand" its work to replace lead pipes and make other improvements, according to the EPA   Read More ...
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EPA gives Flint $100M to repair pipes
Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it had awarded a $100 million emergency grant to Michigan to fund drinking-water infrastructure upgrades in Flint, where lead-contaminated water damaged service lines. The money was approved by Congress in December and signed by President Barack Obama. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has said Flint intends to use $100 million to improve its water treatment plant, replace underground pipes and make other system upgrades   Read More ...
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Environmentalists bristle at Nestle’s water bid
Buy Photo. Lansing — Michigan environmentalists are continuing to criticize a bottled water company’s plan to increase the amount of water it withdraws from an Osceola County aquifer. An environmental group called Clean Water Action delivered more than 5,000 letters to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Friday showing opposition to Nestle Waters North America’s request to increase the amount of water it takes from the current 250 gallons per   Read More ...
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Residents of Flint, Mich., Sue EPA over Water Crisis
By Dan Whitcomb. Jan 31 (Reuters) - More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan who say the Environmental Protection Agency mismanaged the water crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning have sued the U.S. government, seeking class action status for their claims. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan on Monday, asserted that the EPA failed to warn them of the dangers of the toxic water   Read More ...
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Residents of Flint, Michigan Sue EPA Over Water Crisis
By Dan Whitcomb. Jan 31 (Reuters) - More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan who say the Environmental Protection Agency mismanaged the water crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning have sued the U.S. government, seeking class action status for their claims. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan on Monday, asserted that the EPA failed to warn them of the dangers of the toxic water   Read More ...
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Flint-area residents seek $700M from EPA over water crisis
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners are seeking more than $700 million in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. The Detroit News and The Flint Journal report the agency didn't respond to an administrative claim filed last year, clearing the way for Monday's lawsuit in U.S. District Court. EPA regional spokeswoman Anne Rowan   Read More ...
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Lead levels fall in Flint, Michigan, drinking water as work continues
Lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, the focus of a public health crisis, have fallen below federal limits, state officials said on Tuesday, although they cautioned residents to keep using filtered water as the city’s old lead pipes are replaced. Tests showed lead levels in the city’s drinking water were 12 parts per billion between July and December, below the federal limit of 15 PPB, Michigan officials said in   Read More ...
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After 1,000 days, Flint is still without clean drinking water
Demonstrators protest over the contaminated water crisis outside of the venue where the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates’ debate was being held in Flint, Mich., on March 6, 2016. Thursday marks exactly 1,000 days since clean drinking water last flowed from the faucets in Flint, Mich., where on April 24, 2014, state and local officials ceremoniously began supplying the city with improperly treated water from the Flint River. Although the ensuing   Read More ...
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EPA official: Improvement seen in Flint's water system
FLINT, Mich. - A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says improvement is being seen in Flint's water system amid efforts to address the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. Robert Kaplan, the EPA's acting regional administrator, told The Flint Journal after a closed-door meeting Tuesday in Chicago of environmental regulators, researchers and Flint officials that the "consensus on the system was it was improving overall." Kaplan says: "What was a crisis   Read More ...
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Congressional inquiry faults Michigan officials and EPA for Flint water crisis
Congressional quietly closed a yearlong investigation into over lead in the Flint, Mich., drinking water supply, faulting both state officials and the Environmental Protection Agency for contamination that has affected nearly 100,000 residents. In letters to fellow Republicans, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Friday that Michigan and federal officials were slow in detecting high levels of lead in the water and did not act   Read More ...
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House GOP Quietly Closes Flint, Mich. Water Investigation
Congressional Republicans quietly closed a year-long investigation into Flint, Michigan's crisis over lead in its drinking water, faulting both state officials and the Environmental Protection Agency for contamination that has affected nearly 100,000 residents. The committee findings offer no new information and essentially summarize what emerged during several high-profile hearings earlier this year. "The committee found significant problems at Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality and unacceptable delays in the Environmental   Read More ...
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House GOP Quietly Closes Flint, Michigan Water Investigation
Congressional Republicans have quietly closed a year-long investigation into Flint, Michigan's crisis over lead in its drinking water. The House Oversight Committee faults both state officials and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, saying they did not detect the problem soon enough or take proper action once problems were identified. Republican Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah signaled the apparent conclusion of the inquiry Friday in letters to   Read More ...
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Michigan again asks judge not to order Flint bottled water deliveries
LANSING, Mich. — The state of Michigan late on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dissolve an order requiring delivery of bottled water to certain Flint households, saying lead levels in the water are now lower than federal limits set out in the Safe Drinking Water Act. U.S. District Judge David Lawson has twice ordered state officials to start delivering bottled water to Flint households, unless the state can show   Read More ...
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Michigan to 6th Circuit: Don't make us deliver bottled water to Flint
The state of Michigan today amped up its fight to avoid what it considers an expensive and unnecessary task: delivering bottled water door to door in Flint. Three days after a federal judge in Detroit ruled against the state on the issue, attorneys for the state appealed to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for help. In a two-page filing, lawyers for the state argued that U.S. District Judge   Read More ...
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Attorneys: Flint can’t afford bottled water delivery
Attorneys representing the city of Flint want to stop a court order that requires door-to-door bottled water delivery in Flint while the city’s unfiltered tap water remains unsafe to drink. In a brief filed both in federal court in Detroit and with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Flint attorneys say a preliminary injunction ordering the state of Michigan and city to provide four cases of bottled   Read More ...
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DEQ to extend public comment on Nestle water request
Amid an influx of public concern, Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality said it plans to extend — for the second time — the comment period on a bottled water company’s request to increase the amount of water it is withdrawing for its operation in Stanwood. Nestle Waters North America has sought state approval to increase the amount of water taken from an underground aquifer in Mecosta County from the current   Read More ...
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Judge orders bottled water delivered in Flint, Michigan, in water crisis
A federal judge on Thursday ordered state and city officials to deliver bottled water directly to qualified residents in Flint, Michigan, where a water contamination crisis has made unfiltered tap water unsafe to drink since April 2014. Officials must deliver four cases of bottled water a week immediately unless they can prove a water filter is installed and properly maintained at a home or if residents opt out of a   Read More ...
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