2020 - August - July - June - May - April - March - February - January
August
14
Fast Five: EGLE geologist identifies Lake Huron rock, becomes Internet rockstar

Photo of pyrite concretion rock found in Lake Huron, posted on Facebook and identified by EGLE geologist Mary Ann St. Antoine

EGLE staffer Mary Ann St. Antoine solved a rock mystery that took the Internet by storm.

13
Shoreline-mapping EGLE drone sent to watery Lake Michigan grave by U.P. bald eagle

Eagle flying superimposed on wanted poster for fatal attack on defenseless drone

An Upper Peninsula bald eagle launched an airborne attack on a drone operated by an EGLE pilot last month, tearing off a propeller and sending the aircraft to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

12
High water impacts continue across Michigan

Pier at South Haven inundated by raging Lake Michigan waters

High water levels affect every corner of the state, from Great Lakes shorelines to inland lakes to rivers and canals, says EGLE Director Liesl Clark.

11
GVSU, Muskegon County, and EGLE celebrate 20 years of water quality testing on state beaches

Woman samples water from Lake Michigan

GVSU is celebrating 20 years of a partnership between the Annis Water Resources Institute, Public Health Muskegon County, and EGLE that monitors the safety of Muskegon-area beaches to protect public health.

06
Lt. Gov. Gilchrist kicks off first meeting of Clean Water Public Advocate ambassadors

The first meeting of Michigan's Clean Water Public Advocate ambassadors took place online last week, with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II kicking it off.

05
Comprehensive regulations limiting PFAS in Michigan drinking water now in place

Man testing for PFAS in lab.

Michigan is once again leading the way nationally in fighting PFAS contamination by setting its own science-based drinking water standard.

04
New hazardous waste management rules, biggest changes in nearly 40 years

Drums containing hazardous waste properly spaced and contained

The biggest changes in nearly 40 years to Michigan's hazardous waste management rules took effect on August 3.

July
29
EGLE assists Adrian trailer park owner in connecting to public community water system

The problems at Raisin Valley Estates prompted its new owner to ask EGLE for guidance on how to get a treatment system approved.

28
With hot temperatures, EGLE getting more reports of algal blooms

Man testing for a harmful algal bloom (HAB)

Great Lakes water temperatures have been much higher than average this year, and inland waterways have been extraordinarily hot as well. With the increased water temperature, EGLE staffers are seeing more reports of algal blooms.

23
EGLE's Air Quality Division uses story map to highlight work at Mueller Brass in Port Huron

EGLE staff investigates Mueller Brass fallout

The story map combines interactive maps, photos and text to provide an update on what EGLE and Mueller Brass are doing to make sure lead emissions levels comply with the EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards for lead.

22
EPA video features collaboration during McLouth site cleanup

Empty shell of McLouth building

The cleanup at the facility is featured in a video produced by the EPA and is cited as an example of how progress on a Superfund site can happen when the EPA, State and community join together.

16
Flint-based non-profit helps bring clean energy ideas to market, thanks to EGLE grant; grant still open to others

Kuhmute multi-modal hub

EGLE's grant combined with the 100K Ideas platform  is empowering innovators from across the state to act on their ideas faster and with lower risk.

15
Talkin' trash, recycling and more: EGLE asks Michigan communities for data as it plans future programs

People sorting materials at a recycling facility

The data will help shape state and local policies that make smarter, more cost-effective decisions on waste disposal, diversion, and recycling programs.

09
What is Ozone?

Screenshot of Clean Air Action Days video

Ozone that forms at the ground level can be unhealthy at certain concentrations.

08
What's your campfire made of?

campfire burning in fire ring

Build fires at home or camp only with natural materials like wood, brush and logs.

01
Keep five "Ws" in mind to be safe from hidden dangers in lakes, rivers this summer

boardwalk erosion

With high water levels, be mindful that you may encounter some dangerous materials lurking in or around the water.

June
30
EGLE awards Drinking Water Contaminant Remediation grant to Owosso Charter Township

Owosso Charter Township office buildingUnder this grant program, Stoney Creek Village Apartments in Owosso Charter Township will be connected to the public water service, providing more reliable, quality drinking water.

25
Michigan lauded with national award for bringing affordable solar energy to low- and moderate-income households

Lisa Thomas holding Clean Energy award plaque

EGLE is making it easier to access the benefits of solar energy through the Michigan Solar Communities Low- to Moderate-Income Access Program.

23
Michigan's collection of 30,000 gallons of PFAS foam likely nation's largest

EGLE contractor picks up fire-fighting foam for disposal.

Michigan has succeeded in what is likely the nation's largest collection and disposal program for PFAS-containing aqueous film forming foam.

17
Boater outreach will reinforce 'Clean, Drain, and Dry' message to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

Weeds on boat trailer

Michigan boaters should "Clean, Drain, and Dry" boats, trailers and any gear after leaving the water to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

12
Become a Clean Water Ambassador!

Ninah Sasy headshotEGLE's Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is looking for Michigan residents to be Clean Water Ambassadors.

11
Ready to take the next step in composting? Try composting with earthworms

Earthworms for composting in person's handsComposting with worms is ideal for those that wish to recycle some of their kitchen scraps, but don't have the space for regular composting.

08
EGLE awards 7th and final round of funding for its Stormwater, Asset Management, Wastewater Grant Program

Vacuum truck cleans pipe for camera inspection

Michigan has become a national leader in the use and implementation of asset management for wastewater and stormwater systems.

04
EGLE staff serve as role models for the Michigan Science Center's STEMinista Project

Photo of Chris Veldkamp

​Two EGLE staffers are serving as role models as part of the Michigan Science Center's STEMinista Project.

May
28
EGLE provides guidance on flushing plumbing at businesses and facilities prior to restarting operations

Tap water running out of a faucet

As some Michigan businesses reopen this week, EGLE has reminded property managers throughout the state to be prepared to properly flush the plumbing of facilities that have been temporarily closed.

27
Surprise! Vintage brine well from 1800s unearthed during Muskegon construction project

Crew working with a rig at the Muskegon oil well

Workers got a surprise in January when they unearthed an abandoned well drilled in 1872 while excavating the foundation for the new Lakeshore Convention Center in downtown Muskegon.

20
Wetlands in focus in May

Group of people monitoring a wetland

May is American Wetland Month, a time devoted to recognizing the importance of wetlands to the nation's ecological, economic, and social health.

14
New E. coli requirements aim to reduce harmful bacteria in Michigan waterways

Kids swimming in Manistee

The upcoming water recreation season in Michigan will be the first with a statewide total maximum daily load (TMDL) in place for E. coli.

13
Fast Five with the Office of the Great Lakes' Emily Finnell

Emily Finnell (r) of the Office of the Great Lakes with EGLE Director Liesl Clark

Emily Finnell of the Office of the Great Lakes is focused on working collaboratively with local, state, and regional partners on important Great Lakes issues.

04
Fast Five: EGLE's Air Quality forecasts provide important information to Michigan residents

Clean Air Action Day video screenshot

EGLE provides air quality forecasts for two pollutants -- fine particulate and ozone. 

April
23
Podcast with EGLE expert explores how Michigan's high waters are "affecting every corner of the state"

Anchor Bay flooding

EGLE Water Resources Division's assistant director explains impact of high water levels in Michigan on SustainabiliME podcast.

22
Many resources available on 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Earth Day 2020 logo

While this year's Earth Day celebration will be virtual, there are many resources to support learning about the environment, climate, and energy:

17
EGLE posts requests for regulatory relief online as agency enforces environmental laws during State of Emergency

EGLE continues to review, tailor, and amend processes in innovative ways that comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, while ensuring that the vital work of protecting Michigan's environment and public health is vigorously pursued. It has posted requests for regulatory relief online.

16
Constitution Hall has long history of hosting Earth Day event

Earth Day 2019 Poster Contest Winners

MI Environment takes a look at the history of the Earth Day observation at Constitution Hall, the building that has hosted the event for nearly two decades.

15
The impact of high water: Five things you need to know

High water overtakes seawall in Ira Township in St. Clair County along Anchor Bay

Keep five important things in mind when dealing with the impact of high water in Michigan.

01
Water plant upgrades, lead pipe removal among project funded with EGLE loans

Out of service treatment bay

EGLE issues nine loans for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

March
27
EGLE reminds consumers to flush only toilet paper, throw other paper products in the trash

Non-biodegradable items from wastewater caught in bar screen at Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant

The three Ps are the only things that should ever be flushed down a toilet.

Photo credit: Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant

13
Public input sought on Adaptive Management Plan to help Michigan reach goal of a cleaner Lake Erie

Lake Erie algae sample in a jar

Michigan is updating and modernizing a Lake Erie action plan to reduce algal blooms that harm aquatic life and threaten drinking water supplies. Photo credit: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

12
Enhanced community engagement key factor in license review for U.S. Ecology Detroit North license renewal process

Community meeting on US Ecology Detroit North relicensing and expansion

Meaningful engagement of affected residents is a key step in the multi-step process that occurs when EGLE reviews a company's application for any new permit or a relicensing permit.

10
Equitable resilience at core of state's climate change work, EGLE director tells national audience in Detroit

EGLE Director Clark at Climate Leadership Conference in Detroit on March 4, 2020

Michigan is moving aggressively to address climate change on numerous fronts. That's the message EGLE Director Liesl Clark gave at the Climate Leadership Conference in Detroit.

05
Michigan PFAS standards move forward, could be adopted as early as late spring

Environmental Rules Review Committee

The Environmental Rules Review Committee has approved draft rules limiting PFAS contamination in Michigan drinking water. 

04
MI Environment marks first anniversary with more than 5,000 subscribers

Image of MI Environment webpage

MI Environment, EGLE’s online publication, has marked its first anniversary. Over 5,000 people now subscribe to the publication’s weekly digest.

03
EGLE's Know It Before You Throw It recycling campaign wins top honors for creative advertising excellence

Recycling Raccoon mascot holding ADDY AwardsEGLE earned five prestigious ADDY awards for its Know It Before You Throw It recycling education campaign. The ADDY awards are mid-Michigan's highest honor in recognition of the creative spirit of excellence in advertising.

 

February
27
EGLE grants help Grand Rapids, Holland water utilities improve efficiency, save energy using Aquasight's real-time AI technology

Holland BPW team uses Aquasight's real-time intelligence in the control room

Two grants from EGLE have helped the city of Grand Rapids and Holland Board of Public Works improve the efficiency of their water utilities, saving energy and money in the process.

26
With no end in sight for high water levels, we're offering solutions that work for property owners, the environment

High water Mackinac Island road damage

We can't control lake levels, but we can help municipal governments, property owners, and contractors develop timely and smart solutions that work for everyone.

25
EGLE gearing up for 2020 Census effort, results affect funding for environmental and public health protections

Michigan Be Counted Census Logo

EGLE is helping ensure all Michiganders understand how important it is to “be counted” in the once-a-decade population tally.

21
Data, transparency and listening key to rebuilding trust in Michigan's drinking water, Part 2

Contractor collects raw water sample for PFAS analysis

The final article in the two-part series on EGLE's work to rebuild trust in Michigan's drinking water looks at transparency, and listening.

20
Data, transparency and listening key to rebuilding trust in Michigan's drinking water, Part 1

Testing for PFAS in the lab

EGLE's work to rebuild trust in Michigan's drinking water has been the result of disciplined analytical work and a communications strategy built around four key elements: facts, action, transparency, and listening.

18
Town hall discussions, statewide Action Team planned in wake of high water summit

ELGE Director at lectern at High Water Summit

Local, state, and federal officials identified challenges and planned next steps in dealing with widespread high water impacts across the state during the Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit.

13
EGLE Director joins Governor in calling for federal government to follow Michigan's lead by implementing stronger, more comprehensive lead and copper rules

EGLE Director Liesl Clark

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and EGLE Director Liesl Clark sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday urging the agency to follow Michigan's lead in lowering the Action Level for lead in drinking water.

13
Registration now open for the first-ever Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference

Logo for Water Infrastructure Conference April 2020

Registration now open for the first-ever Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference.

12
EGLE saves dream home

Excavator working to excavate and load out waste material from property

Homeowners turn to EGLE staff when waste and contaminated soils turn up on property planned for their home.

11
Earth Day 2020 event at Constitution Hall to be better than ever to celebrate its 50th anniversary

Earth Day 2020 logo

Planning is underway for the annual Earth Day celebration at Constitution Hall to make it the best ever to mark the 50th anniversary.

06
EPA program connects EGLE staff with cutting-edge researchers

2019 ROCS-NET participants at Research Triangle Park

EGLE staffers participated in last year's EPA Regional-ORD Community of Science Networking program to establish connections that will encourage collaborative research opportunities.

05
EGLE strengthens Michigan's sister state relationship with Japan's Shiga Prefecture with focus on preservation, restoration of lake environments

EGLE Director Clark with Shiga delegation and EGLE staff

Michigan's sister-state relationship with Japan's Shiga Prefecture was strengthened recently when EGLE and Shiga's Department of Lake Biwa signed an agreement to share knowledge and expertise to protect some of the world's largest bodies of fresh water.

04
Building a bridge to true community: EGLE's Clean Water Public Advocate ready to implement plan in 2020 that improves communication, transparency

Ninah Sasy (l), EGLE Clean Water Public Advocate, with EGLE Director Clark

Sasy's 2020 plans call for a new and more responsive system for logging and responding to drinking water complaints from residents. 

January
30
Aerial drones used for underground investigations

Scott Densteadt pilot in training flying the RRD Splash drone

Drones are becoming one of the most valuable tools in EGLE's environmental protection toolbox.

29
EGLE staff helps to assure only asbestos-free material processed at crushing operations

EGLE staffers inspects demolition materials for asbestos

Asbestos is essentially harmless when embedded in an intact surface or structure. But repair, remove or modify an asbestos-impregnated concrete structure by cutting into or crushing it, and it no longer is harmless.

28
New life is coming to Flint's Chevy in the Hole

Children bike riding on trail at former Chevy in the Hole

Flint's historic Chevy in the Hole site is transforming into Chevy Commons, an urban greenspace, with help from EGLE.

23
Saving a piece of northern Michigan history, one bite at a time

Grand Traverse Commons

Community commitment to the old Traverse City State Hospital saved it from the wrecking ball, then a developer’s vision and EGLE investment made history.

22
Historic WWJ building is the latest historic landmark to be redeveloped with EGLE help

Exterior of WWJ Building

EGLE staff get to visit some pretty cool places while helping communities reuse contaminated sites. The historic WWJ building in Oak Park is one.

21
Standish historical depot restored to the center of community life after gas station cleanup

Standish's old depot was restored to the center of community life after a contaminated gas station next door was demolished and the pollution removed by EGLE.

16
Fast Five times two: EGLE meteorologists keep an eye on the sky to track pollutants

Susan Hengesbach (l) and Jim Haywood are EGLE's meteorologists

EGLE's meteorologists work in the Air Quality Division to model the impact of air pollutants such as ozone across the state.

15
EGLE Director testifies before Michigan House Appropriations Committee on Electro-Plating Services incident

Solar panel installation at Houghton schools in the Upper PeninsulaEGLE Director Clark testified before the Michigan House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee on Jan. 15 about the Electro-Plating Services incident.

15
Solar array powers lessons about renewable energy at Houghton-Portage Township Schools with help of EGLE grant

Solar panel installation at Houghton schools in the Upper PeninsulaThe U.P. school district installed a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic energy system -- partly funded by an EGLE grant -- that will offset energy costs and provide real-world lessons about renewable energy.

14
First of Michigan's zero emissions electric school buses arrive to transport students

Michigan state police inspect electric school busThe first of Michigan's electric school buses arrived recently at five Michigan school districts. EGLE is contributing to the funding of the program.

09
Federal, state agencies, and private sector team up to restore Kalamazoo River at former dam site

Former Otsego Township dam and spillway prior to restoration work, August 2013

The removal of a failing century-old dam has restored a stretch of the Kalamazoo River closer to its natural state, improved angling and water sport opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

08
January puts focus on testing your home for radon, a cancer-causing gas

Graphic on one in four Michigan homes having high levels of radonWith high radon levels in one of every four homes in Michigan, EGLE is joining with others to observe Radon Action Month in January.

07
EGLE launches new online FOIA request processing portal

Freedom of Information graphicEGLE has launched GovQA -- its new online Freedom of Information Act request processing portal.

02
Marquette homeowner praises EGLE's swift action to minimize damage from high water levels

Shore stabilization work in Marquette on Lake Superior shoreHigh water levels have caused adverse effects for many property owners who live along lakes around the state, and in response, EGLE is expediting permits for work to stem further damage.