March
08
Female leaders at EGLE highlight their careers on International Women's Day

Happy Women's Day graphic

MI Environment is highlighting some of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy's female leadership on International Women's Day.

04
MI Environment marks second anniversary

Screenshot of MI Environment webpage

EGLE's online publication in the past two years has highlighted the work of EGLE staff to protect the environment and public health in 311 stories.

04
Michigan's water resources are a global treasure; EGLE is using innovation, fresh thinking to keep them that way

Screenshot of EGLE Director Clark working from home

EGLE plays a leading role in ensuring the Great Lakes remain healthy for generations to come.

02
EGLE Director addresses U.P. Clean Energy Conference, highlights task force recommendations on propane availability

Screenshot of EGLE Director Liesl Clark at U.P. Clean Energy Conference

In videotaped remarks at the recent Upper Peninsula Clean Energy Conference, EGLE Director Liesl Clark shared updates from the U.P. Energy Task Force and information about the EGLE mission.

February
25
Fast Five with Porous Pave, Michigan company that gives recycled tires a new life with EGLE's help

Porous Pave's permeable path under the canopy walk at Whiting Forest in Midland. Photo credit: Porous Pave

As an EGLE grantee, Porous Pave has completed projects around Michigan and throughout the country using pour-in-place permeable paving material made in Michigan with recycled rubber.

24
What you need to know about the Edenville Dam water release

Edenville Dam spillway modification project looking north along the Tobacco River

The emergency work on the dam that began in December is expected to help protect against downstream flooding when spring rains and snowmelt occur.

23
EGLE's scrap tire program poised to grow new markets

Cover of Scrap Tire Market Development Study

The latest report on scrap tires in Michigan lays out opportunities to create a market development strategy to create and grow new scrap tire markets.

18
Proper disposal of popular lithium-ion batteries prevents fires, protects your family and the environment

Lithium-ion battery after fire in MarquetteLithium-ion batteries can pose a significant fire danger, if not disposed of properly.

17
Number of Michigan Paddle Stewards jumps after course offered online for free, registrations open for next class

Four kayakers on the water part of MI Paddle Stewards program Credit: Todd Marsee, MI Sea Grant

The number of MI Paddle Stewards jumped significantly when the course became available online for free in 2020.

16
Emmet County upgrades recycling operation with robotic sorting, with help of EGLE grant

Robotic recycling in Emmet County

An EGLE grant has helped Emmet County use robotic separating equipment that has gotten the attention of local and national media.

11
EGLE grants help small businesses in Michigan realize energy efficiency savings

Vaporizer at Bell's Brewery in Comstock

Bell's Brewery upgrade funded through EGLE's Energy Services cut company annual energy use by 190,000 kilowatt hours.

10
EGLE Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan project wins honorable mention award from EPA

Rehabilitated Pump at Milk River Pump Station

The $40 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan project focused on rehabilitating seven storm pumps, repairs, and other upgrades and improvements to the facilities.

09
Oakland County earns national recognition for EGLE-aided drinking water projects in Pontiac

Installation of ductile iron water main in the city of Pontiac

Earning EPA recognition was the water main and water meter replacement project in the city of Pontiac.

04
Two Southeast Michigan school districts drive into electric school bus era

Roseville electric school bus with driver (Jennifer Lewis) holding charger

Two Michigan school districts, in collaboration with EGLE and DTE Energy Co., have added electric school buses to their fleets — and their classroom curriculums.

03
2020 By The Numbers: 26 ozone air monitors

Ozone monitor in Kalamazoo

EGLE's Air Quality Division maintains more than 40 monitoring sites for one or more pollutants. There are 26 monitors for ozone around the state.

02
Grand Haven area school features new water filtration system to protect against PFAS contamination

Filters on a trailer delivered to parking lot of Robinson Elementary School near Grand HavenA school near Grand Haven last week started up a new water-filtration system designed to protect students and staff from PFAS contamination in the groundwater.

January
29
2020 By the Numbers: 5,700 air quality inspections

EGLE staffer conducts an air quality inspection.

EGLE ensures that Michigan's air remains clean by regulating sources of air pollutants to minimize adverse impact on human health and the environment.

28
2020 By the Numbers: 25 million pounds electronic waste collected

Electronic waste collection event

Twenty-five million pounds of potentially hazardous electronic waste was collected and properly disposed of through EGLE’s takeback program.

27
2020 By the Numbers: 1,280 students learning about Great Lakes stewardship

Two students are from Les Cheneaux Community Schools district check a solar-powered monitoring station

Approximately 1,280 students from the six districts will learn skills to prepare them for high-quality water-focused STEM careers.

26
New video joins other resources on deadly radon gas

Screenshot from EGLE Classroom episode on radonA new EGLE Classroom video on the dangers of radon gas in the home is the latest free resource made available by EGLE.

25
2020 By the Numbers: 402,000 scrap tires cleaned up

Pile of scrap tires outdoors

In 2020, EGLE issued $3.3 million in scrap tire grants.

22
2020 By the Numbers: 29,368 people attend training events, public hearings or meetings

screenshot from EGLE webinarEvents ranged from hearings on Michigan's high-water challenges to specialized trainings to help environmental experts who oversee wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities.

21
2020 By the Numbers: 2,700 attendees for air permitting webinar series

2020 By the Numbers Attendees for air permitting webinar seriesEGLE's Air Quality Division presented a series of 10 webinars attended by more than 2,700 people.

20
5 takeaways from EGLE's 2019 Air Quality Annual Report

Deck at the Allen Park air monitoring site measures 9 pollutants in the ambient air as well as certain weather conditionsThe year 2019 was another year of overall air quality improvement across the Michigan, according to the latest Annual Air Quality Report.

19
2020 By the Numbers: $2.1 million EV charging grants

Two charging stations partially funded by an EGLE grant have been installed in Grandville, Mich.EGLE is committed to the future of mobility through investment in infrastructure that is needed to support electric vehicles.

14
2020 By the Numbers: $326.7 million in state revolving fund loans

storm sewer installation in Benton HarborThe Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund awarded 42 loans in 2020 totaling more than $326 million.

13
Shoreline protection options include moving homes back from the water's edge

A home in South Haven is prepped for being moved back from the shoreline as high waters have eroded the property's beachfront to within feet of the structure.

More than 2,200 shoreline protection permits were issued in FY 2020, but finding alternatives may be better way to go.

12
2020 By the Numbers: 18,000+ well inspections

Gas well in Akron Township, Tuscola County, with wind turbines in the backgroundInspections by geologists on EGLE's Oil, Gas and Minerals staff are a very important aspect of Michigan’s regulatory oversight of the oil, gas, gas storage, injection well and mineral well industries.

08
2020 By the Numbers: 995 wastewater samples tested for COVID-19

Working with 19 laboratories across the state, EGLE is helping coordinate this testing network, which will provide an early warning system for future coronavirus outbreaks.

07
2020 By the Numbers: 14,995 FOIA requests fulfilled

2020 By the Numbers FOIA graphic

Fiscal Year 2020 was the inaugural year for EGLE’s new electronic Freedom of Information Act request portal. Nearly 15,000 FOIA requests were processed.

06
2020 By the Numbers: 51,404 gallons of PFAS containing firefighting foam collected

2020 By the Numbers Man collecting firefighting foam

The collection was part of a $1.4 million EGLE program designed to prevent future contamination caused by the unintentional use of this PFAS-containing product.

05
2020 By the Numbers: 2,284 shoreline permits issued

EGLE issued a remarkable number of permits in Fiscal Year 2020 for projects to help Michiganders protect homes and critical infrastructure.

04
Rising to the challenge: EGLE's "By the Numbers" series to highlight 2020's work

2020 By the Numbers graphic for Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Throughout the month of January, MI Environment will publish regular "EGLE 2020 By the Numbers" briefs highlighting the work of the agency's 1,200-plus employees.