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Federal judge to Flint: Time's up, pick a safe, long-term drinking water source now

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Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis

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Michigan school is shutting off fountains, handing out bottled water

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Exploring Michigan’s Wetland Wonders

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Nestle told to review pumping impact on Mich. wetlands

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Millions in Michigan exposed to potentially unsafe chemicals in their water

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On Detroit River, humans lead nature's rebirth
Buy Photo. The Detroit River has lost much of its coastal wetlands since over the last 200 years, but nature is finding its way back to the Detroit River. Through the creation of shipping channels, by way of the invasive species dragged into the river by commerce, and as the result of chemical and hazardous waste dumping in the river for more than a century, wildlife that come to call the river's habitat home, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, lake sturgeon, beavers and whitefish, were largely chased away from it   Read More ...
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EPA: Mich. should boost water safety in Flint, state
Traverse City — Staff and funding shortages and poor data management are preventing Michigan environmental regulators from making sure that state residents have safe drinking water, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said deficiencies in Michigan’s drinking water operations aren’t limited to Flint, notorious for lead contamination of its system for 18 months starting in spring 2014. Investigations primarily blamed the state Department of Environmental Quality, which failed to require anti-corrosion pipeline treatments when the city changed its water source   Read More ...
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Michigan should boost water safety in Flint, statewide
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Staff and funding shortages and poor data management are preventing Michigan environmental regulators from making sure that state residents have safe drinking water, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said deficiencies in Michigan's drinking water operations aren't limited to Flint, notorious for lead contamination of its system for 18 months starting in spring 2014   Read More ...
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Michigan should boost water safety in Flint, statewide
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators say Michigan should increase funding and staffing of its Department of Environmental Quality and take other steps to ensure its drinking water is safe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made the recommendations Thursday in a report evaluating the state's overall performance but emphasizing the situation in Flint, where residents were exposed to lead-contaminated water for at least 18 months   Read More ...
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Michigan should boost water safety in Flint, statewide
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators say Michigan should increase funding and staffing of its Department of Environmental Quality and take other steps to ensure its drinking water is safe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made the recommendations Thursday in a report evaluating the state's overall performance but emphasizing the situation in Flint, where residents were exposed to lead-contaminated water for at least 18 months   Read More ...
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Free bottled water offered in parts of Oakland County affected by water main break
A 48-inch water-main break Oct. 23, 2017 affected 11 communities across Oakland County, potentially for several days. Robert Allen/Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Free bottled water is available to the more than 300,000 Oakland County residents affected by a major water main break Monday afternoon. The water main break triggered a boil water alert that remains in effect until late Friday in many of the 12 affected communities   Read More ...
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Snyder: ‘Let’s get something done’ on Flint water pick
Detroit — The Flint City Council has bought time to meet a judge-ordered deadline for selecting a long-term water source after it filed an emergency motion in a lawsuit initiated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The City Council was supposed to decide by Monday on whether to approve an agreement backed by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, the state and the U   Read More ...
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Snoop Dogg openly wonders why Flint still doesn't have clean water
The ongoing Flint water crisis has taken a toll on residents of this iconic Michigan city, who have been living with lead-tainted tap water for over two years. One Flint resident describes the experience as, “like being in war, but without violence.” Famous rapper Snoop Dogg hasn't forgotten about the Flint water crisis. He posted "Still no clean water," with a screen-grabbed photo Saturday on Instagram and Twitter, showing Flint water fountains with a "Do not drink until further notice" sign above them   Read More ...
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Judge tells Flint, Michigan, to pick long-term water source
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term source of drinking water by next week, saying the City Council so far is showing a "breathtaking" lack of leadership. Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency, which has been serving the city since a lead disaster was declared in fall 2015   Read More ...
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Judge tells Flint, Michigan, to pick long-term water source
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term source of drinking water by next week, saying the City Council so far is showing a "breathtaking" lack of leadership. Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency, which has been serving the city since a lead disaster was declared in fall 2015   Read More ...
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Federal judge tells Flint to pick long-term drinking water source by Monday
FLINT, Mich. - A federal judge has ordered Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term source of drinking water by next Monday, as in Oct. 23. Judge David Lawson said Tuesday that the Flint City Council has committed a "breathtaking" failure of leadership in its dealings with the state of Michigan. More Flint Water Crisis Headlines Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional agency   Read More ...
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Federal judge to Flint: Time's up, pick a safe, long-term drinking water source now
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Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis
Caguas, Puerto Rico — Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells. Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight   Read More ...
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Company cited over gas contamination in wetland
The Livingston Daily Press and Argus reports the Department of Environmental Quality received complaints of a gasoline smell where a 42-inch pipeline crosses the wetland. The pipeline, operated by the company Energy Transfer, will eventually transport natural gas across three states, though it is not currently in use. But state officials say drainage work related to the project likely stirred up contamination from an old service station in the area   Read More ...
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School gets bottled water amid tests for chemicals
Rockford — Officials are shutting off drinking fountains and providing bottled water at a middle school in western Michigan as they test water for possible hazardous chemicals from a decades-old tannery waste dump site nearby. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced precautionary measures Thursday at East Rockford Middle School. The agency says there’s no evidence of contamination in the Rockford school’s drinking water but says precautions will be taken until test results come back within about two weeks   Read More ...
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Michigan school is shutting off fountains, handing out bottled water
ROCKFORD, Mich. — Officials are shutting off drinking fountains and providing bottled water at a middle school in west Michigan as they test water for possible hazardous chemicals from a decades-old tannery waste dump site nearby. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced precautionary measures Thursday at East Rockford Middle School. The agency says there’s no evidence of contamination in the Rockford school’s drinking water but says precautions will be taken until test results come back within about two weeks   Read More ...
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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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