EGLE's innovative "Know It Before You Throw It" recycling campaign -- featuring the amusing antics of six rascally raccoons -- was named Recycling Campaign of the Year by Waste Dive, a leading industry news publisher.
Lead water pipes and water mains along several blocks of downtown South Haven will be replaced with the help of a low-interest loan from the state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
The MiCorps conference attracted more than 50 participants to discuss lake and stream water quality.
Three dozen Michigan communities from across the state were recognized as part of the 2019 Michigan Green Communities Challenge for their commitment to sustainability projects from creative energy financing to improving green infrastructure.
The Michigan Sustainability Conference offered attendees a chance to share ideas about social and environmental sustainability and see how those ideas are put into action.
EGLE's first-of-its-kind regional remediation and redevelopment conference focused on partnership building, collaboration, and finding solutions for complex environmental challenges.
Two Michigan cities have been recognized by the EPA for innovative water projects funded through programs designed to improve water quality and protect public health.
Eastpointe Community Schools is among the first districts in Michigan to use an innovative finance tool to fund energy-saving upgrades and other improvements in district buildings.
Performance contracts enable building owners to leverage future energy savings to finance energy-saving projects, eliminating the need to dip into capital budgets.
Did you have fun raking and bagging leaves and dead grass this fall? That’s what we thought!
Next year, you could ease that chore by composting that yard waste! EGLE has produced its latest EnviroMinute video that explains how to get started with residential composting.
EGLE's Jerrod Sanders recently appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about shoreline erosion and the efforts EGLE is making to help property owners and municipalities.
Mike Neller’s moved more than two-dozen times, but he’s staying put at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
You probably know about the Petoskey stone, the ancient coral fossil that is Michigan’s state stone. But did you know that Michigan’s geology is a powerful force in the state’s economy as well? A new EGLE video on Michigan's geology explains that and more.
EGLE awarded the grant to Blair Township to connect 14 residences to the township’s municipal water supply after testing showed contamination in drinking water wells.
The site of a former dry cleaner and metals shop is ready for redevelopment in a Lansing neighborhood after a cleanup conducted with approximately $2.5 million from EGLE.
The redevelopment of the historic Willow Run plant makes southeast Michigan a national hub for research, testing and validation of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Harmful pollutants in Michigan's air continue their long-term decline, according to a report recently released by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
There's a whole lotta' love in Lansing from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for Michigan's Recycling Raccoons.
In select media markets across the state, EGLE is teaming with municipal and county government officials to customize campaign messaging so that it's tailored to the specific needs of local communities.
The stars of EGLE's "Know It Before You Throw It" recycling marketing campaign, which aims to improve both the quality and quantity of material recycled statewide, are the Recycling Raccoons -- because who knows more about trash and recycling than raccoons?
The city of Cadillac is going green! The city, with partners EGLE and Consumers Energy, will recycle a blighted, contaminated site and plant a solar garden.
Even after hundreds of grants and loans and 27 years, EGLE’s brownfield redevelopment program staff are sometimes surprised by something new and different. Photo credit: Henry the Hatter
EGLE investment will protect residents from environmental contamination and help build a new village center in Okemos.
In 2018, EGLE became the first organization to be recognized as "RadResponder Ready" by FEMA -- a special designation reserved for organizations that have fully integrated the use of the RadResponder Network into their emergency response plans and capabilities.
With the growing impact of high water levels, EGLE is expediting applications for shoreline property owners whose homes are threatened.
Wait! When Halloween festivities are over, try composting your jack-o'-lantern instead of throwing it in the trash.
LiDAR has fundamentally changed how we view and interpret the landscape.
There is more to operating drones than just getting off the ground and taking some pictures.
Redevelopment coming to downtown Lansing brings excitement to the Stadium District.
New video series informs inland lake property owners about best management practices to help keep their lake healthy.
Photo credit: Mark Bugnaski Photography
DYK? EGLE regulates over 18,000 active oil and gas wells in Michigan.
Have you ever turned on your faucet and wondered how the water gets there? EGLE’s new MI EnviroMinute videos explain.
Many homeowners in Whiteford Township in Monroe County have been enjoying clean water this year from the new Whiteford Township community water supply.
MPART's multi-agency approach to investigating and responding to PFAS contamination is changing paradigms in how states can respond to emerging contaminants, says MPART Executive Director Steve Sliver.
Michigan's new Lead and Copper Rule has led to changes in sampling procedures and bottle kits for drinking water samples submitted to the state laboratory.
For nearly three decades, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the city of Lansing have worked together using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to help reduce raw sewage discharges into the Grand River and Red Cedar River.
The intentional burning of any structure in Michigan is only allowable for fire suppression training.
An easier and safer solution to burning leaves is composting.
Burning brush and leaves in the fall is a time-honored Michigan tradition for many, but there are rules that help protect our forests and health.
Gas station owners, operators, and others can get up to speed on current regulations and ask questions at the Michigan Petroleum Storage Tank Conference. The Dearborn session on Oct. 23 still has seats available.
October 3, 2019
Sixteen Michigan municipal water and sewer projects will receive $105 million in loans to fund infrastructure needs and ensure long-term water quality.
October 2, 2019
Climate and Energy Advisor delivers powerful message at Rise Up and Drawdown Michigan conference about how Michigan can help mitigate climate change.
The month of October is dedicated to putting a spotlight on energy; Constitution Hall exhibits many energy efficiency measures.
September 30, 2019
Results from a unique study will be used to make investments into fast-chargers for electric vehicles in Michigan.
September 26, 2019
An EGLE Brownfield redevelopment grant will protect residents and revitalize Allen Neighborhood Center, located on Lansing's east side.
September 25, 2019
Drills help EGLE staff prepare for a nuclear power plant emergency.
September 24, 2019
EGLE's Environmental Assistance Center takes tens of thousands of calls every year to respond to emergencies and more.
September 19, 2019
Where does it go? You know, when you flush? For 25% of Michigan's population, the answer is a septic system.
September 18, 2019
SepticSmart Week focuses on proper use and maintenance of Michigan's 1.3 million septic systems.
September 17, 2019
A newly-released online tool, the Michigan Materials Marketplace is designed to help Michigan businesses find missing business opportunities in their waste.
September 16, 2019
Governor Whitmer visited state employees at the EGLE Drinking Water and Environmental Testing Laboratory and toured the new PFAS addition to the laboratory.
September 12, 2019
Seven Michigan school districts will receive 17 electric school buses to replace 17 older diesel school buses, thanks to a project financed in part from a Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement allocation via EGLE's Fuel Transformation Program.
September 10, 2019
A variety of electric vehicles will be available in five Michigan cities for ride-and-drives as part of National Drive Electric Week.
September 9, 2019
A career in journalism and communications brings Hugh McDiarmid, Jr. to EGLE.
September 5, 2019
The EGLE grant will be used by the city to improve and replace its granular activate carbon filtration with a type better suited to reduce PFAS.
September 4, 2019
Thirty-eight new EGLE employees attended a two-day orientation in August.
September 4, 2019
Saginaw Bay Rock Reef Restoration Project is the culmination of years of work to restore historic fish spawning habitat within inner Saginaw Bay.
September 3, 2019
This year has brought some of the highest water levels Michigan has seen since 1986.
August 29, 2019
An EGLE brownfield redevelopment grant will protect residents and revitalize buildings in Ossineke.
August 28, 2019
Five Michigan communities were recently announced among the top brownfield projects in the nation and awarded highly competitive grant funding.
August 27, 2019
EGLE will host the first ever regional conference focused on Great Lakes water infrastructure.
August 26, 2019
Responders use new technology to prepare for radiological and nuclear emergencies.
August 22, 2019
Collaboration leads to successful outcome at metal finishing business.
August 21, 2019
Western Michigan University students learn about PFAS hydrogeology at contaminated site in Belmont.
August 20, 2019
Golf course acts to remove golf balls from Lake Michigan, discourages golfers from hitting balls into the water.
August 19, 2019
The ozone layer in the upper atmosphere helps protect the earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation and is good for us. However, ozone that forms at ground level can be unhealthy at certain levels.
August 14, 2019
In conjunction with the closure of its coal-fired power plant, WE-Energies plans to close the last of its coal combustion residual landfills.
August 13, 2019
State of Michigan, partners committed to reaching the shared goals of the Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan. Photo credit: MDARD
August 12, 2019
EGLE's Air Quality Division (AQD) heard from a significant number of people about strong odors after an incident at the Marathon refinery in Detroit during the polar vortex in January and February. It is working to minimize the probability that a similar incident will occur in the future.
August 12, 2019
EGLE's new mission, vision, and values were strongly shaped by more than 40 total hours of staff "listening sessions."
August 8, 2019
EGLE responds to hundreds of environmental emergencies. Cross-division interaction is key to success.
August 6, 2019
Working together, EGLE, the DNR, and local health departments ensure quality drinking water at state parks.
Photo credit: DNR
August 5, 2019
Partners are working to manage and control the spread of invasive species.
August 1, 2019
EGLE grant will assist Tri County Area Schools with construction of a new well at middle school.
July 31, 2019
Tossing medications in the trash or toilet can cause environmental impacts.
July 30, 2019
Algal blooms made up of a specific, blue-green algae type can produce toxins that threaten swimmers and drinking water.
Photo credit: Tom Archer
July 29, 2019
EGLE is seeking candidates for Remediation and Redevelopment director position.
July 25, 2019
When it comes to particulate emissions, it appears Michigan is headed in the right direction.
July 24, 2019
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, in collaboration with its partners, has developed an electronics collection network for the Upper Peninsula.
July 23, 2019
MiWaters database helps public search for information on permits, reporting a spill and more.
July 22, 2019
EGLE's Water Resources Division awarded 10 grants to local stakeholder groups to implement watershed management plans intended to restore impaired water or protect high quality waters.
July 18, 2019
The city of Norton Shores was the first recipient of an EGLE grant to help combat PFAS and other contamination in drinking water sources.
July 18, 2019
Members of the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force laid the groundwork for the task at hand at their first meeting in Marquette.
The focus on aquatic invasive species continues through August 11 with the Mobile Boat Wash program.
July 16, 2019
Drilling down on data to identify patterns and common issues will help Michigan to stay a step ahead of infrastructure maintenance needs.
July 11, 2019
You could say it's a sign: EGLE staff reunite a Westland resident with a symbol of her hard work to clean up contamination at her neighborhood elementary school.
The State of Michigan for the first time will have an advocate focused on environmental justice.
July 9, 2019
Learn how global recycling markets are affecting recycling in Michigan, what EGLE is doing to strengthen the recycling system, and how you can help.
July 3, 2019
EGLE's Water Resources Division is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the Nonpoint Source Program Plan.
July 2, 2019
Drivers of battery-powered electric vehicles in Michigan are now able to get a fast charge at several charging stations that are part of Electrify America’s charging network.
July 1, 2019
Invasive species can harm Michigan's waters. Learn how to prevent their spread at a Landing Blitz event during this Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week.
June 28, 2019
Social media helps us stay up-to-date and in-the-know. Connect with EGLE to be the first to hear about news, grants, stewardship tips, and maybe see a few selfies.
June 27, 2019
The rubber meets the road in the U.P.'s Dickinson County. But what happens when the rubber becomes part of the road?
June 26, 2019
Michigan now has the strongest protections in the United States against lead in drinking water.
June 25, 2019
To help keep kids healthy, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is helping to take some older diesel school buses off the road.
June 20, 2019
Additional sampling could provide much needed data on sources of PFAS contamination and broaden the coverage of Michigan’s and the nation’s drinking water.
June 19, 2019
Dr. Brandy Brown brings to EGLE a diverse background in clean energy and emerging technologies for electrification products.
June 18, 2019
EGLE will lead a collaborative process to chart an energy future that supports economic prosperity and protects Michigan’s environment and public health.
June 13, 2019
From air to water to drilling to PFAS, EGLE's two-day environmental conference provided the latest information on important issues that have a big impact on the Upper Peninsula.
June 12, 2019
"Awakened eyes view vibrant hues
I taste the breeze so crisp and sweet
The air smells pure, the pine infuse
This wooded dune is my retreat."
from "Michigan Dune" by Rebekah Hoeft
June 11, 2019
The Science Advisory Workgroup will present its final recommendations to a joint meeting of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team and the Environmental Rules Review Committee.
June 6, 2019
Michigan’s public beaches are enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each summer season. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) works with local health departments to test waters for the presence of harmful bacteria and is deploying new technology to get faster results.
Photo Credit: DNR
June 5, 2019
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) staff from the Warren District Office recently participated in a group volunteer activity to remove invasive species from a local park.
Photo: EGLE staff from the Warren District Office volunteered to remove invasive species at Stony Creek Metropark in Macomb County.
June 4, 2019
The Great Lakes are Michigan’s defining natural feature – connect with your waters during Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week.
Photo: Three young children wearing bright swim suits and goggles stand in the water at Ocqueoc Falls
May 30, 2019
A Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Brownfield Redevelopment grant will help to evaluate environmental contamination at a vacant manufacturing site in the city of Hastings.
May 29, 2019
The Healthy Coast Initiative aims to achieve healthy Great Lakes waters, habitats, and communities.
Photo: A family of three strolls along the St. Clair River on Southeast Michigan’s Blue Water River Walk.
May 28, 2019
Combined heat and power holds a lot of potential in Michigan.
Photo: The Combined Heat and Power project at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti is the newest in Michigan.
May 23, 2019
With the summer driving season approaching, it's time to "Know Your Roll" by ensuring proper tire care and maintenance.
May 22, 2019
Director Liesl Clark joined State Senator Stephanie Chang and State Representatives Tyrone Carter and Abdullah Hammoud, and others.
May 21, 2019
EGLE to host Northern Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference.
May 16, 2019
Avalon Village is a sustainable eco-village built in Highland Park, an enclave of Detroit. The inspiration behind the transformation to turn one of the city's most blighted blocks into a safe and functional space began when Mama Shu’s young son was killed by a hit-and-run driver, and to honor his memory and embrace his spirit.
May 15, 2019
MSU's new water treatment plant will improve water taste, supply.
Photo: Artist's Rendition of MSU's New Water Treatment Plant
May 14, 2019
EGLE has resumed its tradition of holding stakeholder meetings .
May 9, 2019
Open burning regulations can be confusing. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has created some resources to help you comply with the law.
May 8, 2019
A key component of the FishPass Project will be to evaluate cutting edge methods for sea lamprey control that are more effective than current methods, while still allowing native fish spawning runs to occur, unhindered by traditional chemical or physical barriers.
May 7, 2019
EGLE uses contracts for a variety of environmental services related to investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites.
May 2, 2019
Secretary Preston Cole of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gives EGLE a thumbs up from the EPA Region 5 meeting last week in Cincinnati.
May 2, 2019
Each year, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) issues thousands of permits focused on protecting the environment and public health while enhancing the quality of life for all. The department proactively met with the Environmental Permit Review Commission this week to provide an overview of the department’s various permits.
May 1, 2019
This week is Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 and the week is focusing on"Check the AQI and get outside". The AQI or Air Quality Index is an indicator for the public when the air quality may be harmful to sensitive groups. This article looks at what that meant for one person and how Earth Day and AQD staff shared a moment that ended up saving someone's life.
April 30, 2019
Can Great Lakes erosion be stopped?
April 25, 2019
Take Action and Dispose of Unwanted Medications Responsibly on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark today announced that Regina Strong has been named as the department’s Environmental Justice Public Advocate.
April 24, 2019
The annual Earth Day event invites citizens to celebrate the environment and is intended to foster environmental stewardship. Schools from around Michigan spend part of their day with professionals from three State of Michigan departments and partnering organizations.
April 23, 2019
Electric school buses will start appearing on Michigan roads later this year after EGLE announces which school districts have been selected to receive grants. Attendees at an electric vehicle event in Lansing last week got a sneak peek of an electric school bus.
April 22, 2019
It seems quite fitting that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) launches on Earth Day as we celebrate protecting our planet and state for future generations.
April 18, 2019
The Environmental Rules Review Committee's (ERRC) first major rulemaking effort will involve new enforceable drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The ERRC's formal education on PFAS kicked off at their April 15th meeting.
April 17, 2019
Believe it or not, MDEQ does regulate the marijuana industry. Beyond being a growth industry, there is an abundance of environmental impacts to consider.
April 16, 2019
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute welcomed staff from the MDEQ’s Water Resource Division’s Nonpoint Source Program to display a booth highlighting macroinvertebrates in water for the Barry County Science Festival.
April 11, 2019
On Thursday, March 28, hundreds of community members gathered in Hamtramck’s Bridge Academy East Gym to participate in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) public meeting to learn more about the proposed relicensing and expansion of U.S. Ecology Detroit North.
April 11, 2019
April 4, 2019
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division (AQD) is working with stakeholders and partners in 10 counties across Michigan to address the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) designation of nonattainment for the ozone standard.
April 3, 2019
Disposing of medications properly and routinely will help lessen the chances of abuse and improper discarding. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has developed easily accessible maps to help identify nearby locations for drug disposal.
April 2, 2019
More than 400 residents attended a townhall meeting in Rockford on March 26, 2019, to learn from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about contamination from Wolverine World Wide tannery in northern Kent County. The DEQ and EPA presented data from environmental sampling of the Rockford tannery site and the House Street Disposal Area, and from over 1,700 area residential water wells, all collected over the last 18 months to characterize the source areas of the contamination and determine the extent of the contaminated groundwater plumes.
March 28, 2019
MDEQ awards Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to protect residents and revitalize the Clark Commons neighborhood on Flint's south side.
Concerned about potential vapor intrusion? MDEQ and MDHHS have created a video to answer questions about how it occurs and what to do if it does.
March 27, 2019
The Department of Environmental Quality has filed a Request for Rulemaking with the Office of Regulatory Reinvention in response to Governor Whitmer's directive to establish PFAS drinking water standards for Michigan's water supplies.
March 26, 2019
Did you know that Michigan has 13 underwater preserves protecting approximately 7,200 square miles of Great Lakes public trust bottomlands in Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron? The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Resources Division issues permits to recover artifacts from shipwrecks and other historical artifacts. Read how DEQ Staff helped preserve the wreck of the METROPOLIS in East Grand Traverse Bay.
DEQ partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination, known as Brownfields. See how funding from DEQ can help your local community.
March 20, 2019
The Environmental Rules Review Committee took its very first action on DEQ rules at their March 19 meeting. The Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division presented proposed draft rules that would strengthen the protection of underground sources of drinking water during the drilling of injection wells. The Committee voted unanimously to continue this rulemaking process without any further oversight of the Committee.
March 19, 2019
Nearly 1,000 people logged on to a recent webinar to learn more about the new digital Joint Permit Application for wetlands, lakes, streams, and other Water Resources Programs. Launched last week, the digital application is currently available through MiWaters.
March 19, 2019
This is Environmental Health Week for the State of Michigan. Environmental health professionals use their expertise and skills to ensure that environmental conditions are healthy for people where they live and work. DEQ program staff protect public health and the environment in a variety of ways.
March 14, 2019
Keeping trash in check is no easy feat, but that is exactly what the Department of Environmental Quality's Solid Waste Program does for the state. Adequate funding is essential to fulfilling the DEQ's role of protecting the health of Michigan's communities and natural resources. Keep reading for more details about the important work that occurs as a result of this funding.
March 13, 2019
More than 60 residents were on hand as representatives from the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Health and Human Services (DHHS) provided historical perspective and addressed Flint-area resident's concerns about PFAS at a recent townhall.
March 11, 2019
The Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund was established in 2014 to assist owners and operators of refined petroleum underground storage tanks with meeting federal financial responsibility requirements. The fund reached a significant milestone in 2019 with over 50 percent of all Michigan facilities using the fund as a type of insurance and a mechanism to address environmental risks.
March 8, 2019
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and their partners, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD), hosted a community meeting for concerned citizens residing or working in a Grand Rapids neighborhood.
March 7, 2019
While Michigan residents are able to easily see the conditions of Michigan roads, the condition of Michigan's drinking water infrastructure is less noticeable.
March 5, 2019
Today, Governor Whitmer released her budget proposal placing a priority on infrastructure for both roads and water infrastructure.
March 5, 2019
In a joint Canadian-American venture, the Gordie Howe Bridge began construction on October 5, 2018. The bridge will link Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. Construction will include land acquisition, demolition of existing buildings, as well as bridge and roadway construction.