EGLE's Recycling Raccoons named campaign of the year by Waste Dive

The six Recycling Raccoons

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 pipes, water mains in South Haven to be replaced with help from state low-interest loans

Water main installation in downtown South HavenLead 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.

MiCorps conference engages volunteers in water quality monitoring

MiCorps volunteers listen to keynote speaker at annual conferenceThe MiCorps conference attracted more than 50 participants to discuss lake and stream water quality.

Winners of Green Communities Challenge announced at EGLE-hosted sustainability conference

Gold award winners at Michigan Green Communities ChallengeThree 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.

EGLE expands the nexus between business and community in sustainability at the sold-out Michigan Sustainability Conference

Attendees of the MISCON conference used an app to collaborateThe Michigan Sustainability Conference offered attendees a chance to share ideas about social and environmental sustainability and see how those ideas are put into action.

First-of-its-kind Great Lakes Environmental Remediation and Redevelopment conference brings environmental professionals together

Attendees at RRD conferenceEGLE's first-of-its-kind regional remediation and redevelopment conference focused on partnership building, collaboration, and finding solutions for complex environmental challenges.

EGLE clean water and drinking water loan projects win national recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency

Water pipes being replaced in the city of Burton.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 schools among the first to use new tool to help finance energy efficiency projects

Exterior of Eastpointe High School buildingEastpointe 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 help Michigan schools, local governments finance energy efficiency upgrades without up-front costs

Ecorse Public Schools LED stadium lightingPerformance contracts enable building owners to leverage future energy savings to finance energy-saving projects, eliminating the need to dip into capital budgets.

New EnviroMinute video focuses on composting yard waste

Screen shot of EnviroMinute composting video

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 working to help those affected by shoreline erosion

EGLE's Jarrod Sanders (r) and Laurel Hess on the set of Comcast Newsmakers

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.

Fast Five with Mike Neller, EGLE's new RRD director

Head shot of Mike Neller, EGLE's new director of Remediation and Redevelopment Division

Mike Neller’s moved more than two-dozen times, but he’s staying put at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

New EGLE video digs into Michigan's geology

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.

Blair Township receives a grant from EGLE to connect residents to local drinking water supply

Blair Township water tower and fire truck

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.

Lansing brownfield site ready for redevelopment with help from EGLE

Kent Cleaners brownfield site in Lansing showing stabilizer being mixed into the soil contraminationThe 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.

Past and future are side-by-side at the redeveloped historic Willow Run plant

Rosie the Riveter illustration

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.

2018 Air Quality Annual Report finds the air Michiganders breathe continues to improve

EGLE air monitor in 48217 zip code

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.

Michigan lawmakers share bipartisan embrace of Recycling Raccoons

Lansing legislators join EGLE Division Director Schinderle at recycling news conference

There's a whole lotta' love in Lansing from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for Michigan's Recycling Raccoons.

'Know It Before You Throw It' campaign helps EGLE's local partners promote new initiatives

Local leaders join EGLE staff in Alpena and others in Alpena for a Know It Before You Throw It news conference.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.

EGLE enlists raccoons to help spread recycling message

Jack Schinderle, of EGLE, at a Know It Before You Throw It recycling news conferenceThe 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?

Partnerships grow solar garden in Cadillac

Cadillac City Manager Peccia kicks off Mitchell Bentley groundbreaking.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.

Hats off to a unique Muskegon brownfield project

Example of modern hat cleaning station at Detroit's Henry the Hatter. Photo credit: Henry the HatterEven 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 helps bring Okemos village center back to life

Artist rendering of proposed Village of Okemos redevelopment projectEGLE investment will protect residents from environmental contamination and help build a new village center in Okemos.

As first "RadResponder Ready" organization, EGLE is ready to respond to radiological emergencies

Radiological instrument and computer running RadResponder softwareIn 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.

EGLE to expedite shoreline permits for those affected by high lake levels, take other steps to help with waterfront issues

Erosion showing broken deck.With the growing impact of high water levels, EGLE is expediting applications for shoreline property owners whose homes are threatened.

Think outside the trash: Composting jack-o'-lantern pumpkins

Aaron Hiday of EGLE with a jack-o'-lantern in a compost binWait! When Halloween festivities are over, try composting your jack-o'-lantern instead of throwing it in the trash.

LiDAR: A new way to view Michigan's terrain

Man using LiDAR in airplane with pilotLiDAR has fundamentally changed how we view and interpret the landscape.

EGLE's drone program takes off

Man crouching on ground with drone getting ready for drone flight.There is more to operating drones than just getting off the ground and taking some pictures.

New Capital City Market Coming to Lansing

Street view representation of Capital City Market buildingRedevelopment coming to downtown Lansing brings excitement to the Stadium District.

It's "shore" time to protect your lakeshore

Wandells at dock next to Shoreland Stewards Gold Level sign Photo Credit: Mark Bugnaski PhotographyNew video series informs inland lake property owners about best management practices to help keep their lake healthy.

Photo credit: Mark Bugnaski Photography

First "EGLE Explains" video looks at how the department regulates oil and gas wells in Michigan

Screenshot of EGLE Explains Oil and Gas VideoDYK? EGLE regulates over 18,000 active oil and gas wells in Michigan.

Where does your water come from? EGLE experts explain in 2 quick videos

Screenshot from Community Water Supply videoHave you ever turned on your faucet and wondered how the water gets there? EGLE’s new MI EnviroMinute videos explain.

New water supply cleans up old problem in Monroe County

Finished Water Storage Tank (front) and Treatment Building (back)Many homeowners in Whiteford Township in Monroe County have been enjoying clean water this year from the new Whiteford Township community water supply. 


MPART Executive Director Sliver: Multi-agency approach to PFAS contamination changing how states respond to emerging contaminants

MPART Exec Director Steve Sliver (l) joins EGLE Director Clark at Brown Bag lunch.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.

New bottle kits for state laboratory samples

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. 

EGLE and the city of Lansing continue decades-long partnership to reduce combined sewer overflows

New sewer installation on Mt. Hope Avenue in Lansing.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.

Burning barns, homes and other structures

Fire suppression training by fire departmentThe intentional burning of any structure in Michigan is only allowable for fire suppression training.

When it comes to falling leaves, consider composting

Compost bin full of leavesAn easier and safer solution to burning leaves is composting.

Michigan's fall open burning tradition: Keep it safe, legal

Burning pile of brush.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. 

Spots are still available for the Michigan Petroleum Storage Tank Conference

Leaking underground storage tankGas 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.

EGLE awards $105 million in water and sewer infrastructure project loans to 13 communities

October 3, 2019

Rehabilitation and upgrades at Wastewater Treatment Plant Sixteen Michigan municipal water and sewer projects will receive $105 million in loans to fund infrastructure needs and ensure long-term water quality.

EGLE's Brandy Brown on climate crisis: There's an urgent need to take action

October 2, 2019

Brandy Brown at Rise up and Drawdown Event in Grand Rapids on Sept. 25, 2019Climate and Energy Advisor delivers powerful message at Rise Up and Drawdown Michigan conference about how Michigan can help mitigate climate change.

October's spotlight is on energy; Constitution Hall exhibits many energy efficiency measures

Constitution Hall building in Lansing, Mich.The month of October is dedicated to putting a spotlight on energy; Constitution Hall exhibits many energy efficiency measures.

First-of-its-kind study identifies ideal locations for fast-charging electric vehicle chargers in Michigan, looks at tourism destinations at state parks

September 30, 2019

An electric vehicle driver uses a fast-charger at a Walmart in Lansing, MichiganResults from a unique study will be used to make investments into fast-chargers for electric vehicles in Michigan.

EGLE grant helps revitalize a former dry cleaner, gasoline service station and Allen Neighborhood Center

September 26, 2019

Allen Neighborhood CenterAn EGLE Brownfield redevelopment grant will protect residents and revitalize Allen Neighborhood Center, located on Lansing's east side.

EGLE staff plan and train for radioactive release from a nuclear power plant

September 25, 2019

EGLE staff practice donning personal protection equipmentDrills help EGLE staff prepare for a nuclear power plant emergency.

Who ya gonna call? Bureaucracy Busters!

September 24, 2019

Benita Flores, Environmental Assistance Center operator, takes a call.EGLE's Environmental Assistance Center takes tens of thousands of calls every year to respond to emergencies and more.

What is an onsite wastewater system (aka septic system)?

September 19, 2019

septic drainfield installationWhere does it go? You know, when you flush? For 25% of Michigan's population, the answer is a septic system.

SepticSmart Week focuses on proper care and maintenance of septic systems

September 18, 2019

SepticSmart Week logoSepticSmart Week focuses on proper use and maintenance of Michigan's 1.3 million septic systems.

Michigan Materials Marketplace connects Michigan businesses to new recycling and reuse opportunities

September 17, 2019

Michigan Materials Marketplace logoA newly-released online tool, the Michigan Materials Marketplace is designed to help Michigan businesses find missing business opportunities in their waste.

Governor Whitmer visits state employees at EGLE laboratory and tours new PFAS testing addition

September 16, 2019

Governor Whitmer and EGLE Director Liesl Clark met with EGLE lab staff.Governor Whitmer visited state employees at the EGLE Drinking Water and Environmental Testing Laboratory and toured the new PFAS addition to the laboratory.

First electric school buses in Michigan roll out for "back to school"

September 12, 2019

Lion C Class Electric Bus plugged inSeven 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.

Five Michigan cities to host electric vehicle ride-and-drives during National Drive Electric Week

September 10, 2019

EGLE staffers Robert Jackson and Debbis Swartz at an electric vehicle A variety of electric vehicles will be available in five Michigan cities for ride-and-drives as part of National Drive Electric Week.

Fast Five with Communications Manager Hugh McDiarmid, Jr.

September 9, 2019

Hugh McDiarmid, Jr. with EGLE Director Liesl Clark at Brown Bag lunch on Aug. 28, 2019A career in journalism and communications brings Hugh McDiarmid, Jr. to EGLE.

EGLE awards grant to Ann Arbor to help remove PFAS from drinking water

September 5, 2019

City of Ann Arbor's Water Treatment PlantThe 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.

EGLE holds new employee orientation

September 4, 2019

Group photo of EGLE employees at New Employee OrientationThirty-eight new EGLE employees attended a two-day orientation in August.

Saginaw Bay on the rocks

September 4, 2019

Restoring Saginaw Bay ReefSaginaw Bay Rock Reef Restoration Project is the culmination of years of work to restore historic fish spawning habitat within inner Saginaw Bay.

Water levels are high in Michigan

September 3, 2019

Flooded pier on Lake Huron in AlpenaThis year has brought some of the highest water levels Michigan has seen since 1986.

EGLE grant helps revitalize Ossineke

August 29, 2019

The Barn is a vacant, blighted building, soon to be a deli and new post office branchAn EGLE brownfield redevelopment grant will protect residents and revitalize buildings in Ossineke.

EPA awards brownfield grants to Michigan communities

August 28, 2019

DTE's decommissioned coal power plant in River Rouge. A brownfield site nearby till be investigated with money from its grant.

Five Michigan communities were recently announced among the top brownfield projects in the nation and awarded highly competitive grant funding.

EGLE to host regional conference next year focused on Great Lakes water infrastructure, deadline to submit abstracts is Sept. 6

August 27, 2019

Logo for Great Lakes Water Infrastructure ConferenceEGLE will host the first ever regional conference focused on Great Lakes water infrastructure.



EGLE developing drone system to monitor for radiation

August 26, 2019

Radiation detection equipment mounted to a drone.Responders use new technology to prepare for radiological and nuclear emergencies.

A Jackson metal finishing company tackles emissions with state-of-the art equipment

August 22, 2019

New robots at Elm Plating's Plant 3.Collaboration leads to successful outcome at metal finishing business.


WMU students tour PFAS contaminated site, learn about its complex geology and hydrogeology

August 21, 2019

WMU student gather to learn about PFAS hydrogeology in Belmont at contaminated site.Western Michigan University students learn about PFAS hydrogeology at contaminated site in Belmont.


EGLE commends Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club for removing golf balls from Lake Michigan, taking other actions

August 20, 2019

Golf balls retrieved by diver in Lake MichiganGolf course acts to remove golf balls from Lake Michigan, discourages golfers from hitting balls into the water.


What is ozone?

August 19, 2019

map of nonattainment areas in Michigan for 2015 ozone standard

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.


Coal plant in Marquette is closed, utility's last coal combustion residual landfill is next

August 14, 2019

WE Energies coal-fired power plant in MarquetteIn conjunction with the closure of its coal-fired power plant, WE-Energies plans to close the last of its coal combustion residual landfills. 


State's Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan sets path to reduce phosphorus by 40%

August 13, 2019

Participants look at organisms on the lake. Photo credit: MDARD State of Michigan, partners committed to reaching the shared goals of the Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan. Photo credit: MDARD


EGLE's Air Quality Division provides update on Marathon incident during polar vortex

August 12, 2019

Map of where strong odor complaints came from during incident at Marathon refinery in Detroit. 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.

EGLE unveils new mission, vision, and values statements

August 12, 2019

EGLE Director Clark pictured with department's new mission statement.EGLE's new mission, vision, and values were strongly shaped by more than 40 total hours of staff "listening sessions."

EGLE response to Ottawa County spill good example of cross-division interaction during emergency response

August 8, 2019

Oil on the channel in Ottawa County that leads to the Grand RiverEGLE responds to hundreds of environmental emergencies. Cross-division interaction is key to success.

EGLE partners with DNR, local health departments to ensure quality drinking water at state parks

August 6, 2019

Kids pump water at state park. Photo credit - DNR

Working together, EGLE, the DNR, and local health departments ensure quality drinking water at state parks.

Photo credit: DNR

Plant, animal or microbe: invasive species can cause harm to the environment and economy

August 5, 2019

Group of zebra mussels

Partners are working to manage and control the spread of invasive species.

EGLE awards grant to Tri County Area Schools for new well to address PFAS contamination

August 1, 2019

Tri County Area Schools Middle School Building

EGLE grant will assist Tri County Area Schools with construction of a new well at middle school.

Manage your medicine cabinet to protect the Great Lakes

July 31, 2019

Pile of white, pink, and brown oblong and round medication tablets

Tossing medications in the trash or toilet can cause environmental impacts.

Lake Erie affected by algal blooms, Domestic Action Plan aims to achieve a healthier lake

July 30, 2019

Dead fish near algal bloom

Algal blooms made up of a specific, blue-green algae type can produce toxins that threaten swimmers and drinking water. 

Photo credit: Tom Archer

EGLE seeks candidates for Remediation and Redevelopment Division director position

July 29, 2019

Avalon Village gas station

EGLE is seeking candidates for Remediation and Redevelopment director position.

Statewide particulate matter trending down

July 25, 2019

A comparison of particulate matter to a human hair and a grain of sand.

When it comes to particulate emissions, it appears Michigan is headed in the right direction.

Electronic recycling options growing for Upper Peninsula residents

July 24, 2019

Steve Noble of EGLE at a recent electronics recycling event.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, in collaboration with its partners, has developed an electronics collection network for the Upper Peninsula.

MiWaters database helps public search for information on permits, reporting a spill and more

July 23, 2019

The home page of MiWaters offers several search functions.

MiWaters database helps public search for information on permits, reporting a spill and more.


EGLE awards 10 grants to protect or improve water quality

July 22, 2019

agricultural filter strip manistee

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.

EGLE awards first Drinking Water Contamination Reduction grant related to PFAS removal to the city of Norton Shores

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.

Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force holds first meeting

July 18, 2019

Some of the members of the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force at their first meeting in Marquette on July 9.

Members of the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force laid the groundwork for the task at hand at their first meeting in Marquette.

"Clean, Drain, and Dry" - EGLE staff and MSU students take Invasive Species Awareness on the road

A Michigan State University student and Mobile Boat Wash crew member educate a local boater on

The focus on aquatic invasive species continues through August 11 with the Mobile Boat Wash program.

EGLE participates in Asset Management Summits across state

July 16, 2019

Erin Kuhn of the Michigan Infrastructure Council leads a discussion on Infrastructure Assets in Michigan.

Drilling down on data to identify patterns and common issues will help Michigan to stay a step ahead of infrastructure maintenance needs.


Community activist and hazardous waste sign reunited after 28 years

July 11, 2019

Yellow Hazardous Substances DNR Sign

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.


Fast Five with Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina Strong

Regina Strong (r), EGLE's Environmental Justice Public Advocate, with EGLE Director Clark

The State of Michigan for the first time will have an advocate focused on environmental justice.


What's the deal with recycling?

July 9, 2019

Workers sorting recyclables at a Michigan facility.

Learn how global recycling markets are affecting recycling in Michigan, what EGLE is doing to strengthen the recycling system, and how you can help. 


Draft Nonpoint Source Program Plan update released for public review

July 3, 2019

People looking at mine waste in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

EGLE's Water Resources Division is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the Nonpoint Source Program Plan.


First electric vehicle fast chargers part of Electrify America network operational in Michigan

July 2, 2019

Electric vehicle fast-chargers part of Electrify America's fast-charger network at a Walmart.

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. 


It's Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week - Arm yourself with knowledge at a Landing Blitz event!

July 1, 2019

A volunteer shares Aquatic Invasive Species prevention materials at a Landing Blitz event.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.

It's Social Media Day - let's connect!

June 28, 2019

Social Media Day graphic depicting keyboard with keys for social media sites.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 selfieswink.


Rubber meets the road: scrap tire market development grant facilitates paving project in Dickinson County

June 27, 2019

Crew wearing yello vests paving road in Iron MountainThe rubber meets the road in the U.P.'s Dickinson County. But what happens when the rubber becomes part of the road?


Governor announces public awareness campaign on new water sampling rules, EGLE and DHHS to implement rules

June 26, 2019

Five numbered, one-liter bottlesMichigan now has the strongest protections in the United States against lead in drinking water.

Reducing school bus emissions: Driving Michigan toward a cleaner environment

June 25, 2019

Schoolchildren waiting to board a yellow school bus.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.

MPART executive director testifies in Washington in support of PFAS Detection Act

June 20, 2019

Steve Sliver (r), of the MPART, with MI Congressman KildeeAdditional sampling could provide much needed data on sources of PFAS contamination and broaden the coverage of Michigan’s and the nation’s drinking water.


EGLE names Dr. Brandy Brown as climate and energy adviser

June 19, 2019

Dr. Brandy Brown headshot

Dr. Brandy Brown brings to EGLE a diverse background in clean energy and emerging technologies for electrification products.


Governor Whitmer creates Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force within EGLE

June 18, 2019

EGLE Director Liesl Clark appears on video screen at U.P. Energy Summit in Marquette.

EGLE will lead a collaborative process to chart an energy future that supports economic prosperity and protects Michigan’s environment and public health. 


EGLE hosts first compliance conference in Marquette

June 13, 2019

EGLE staff traveled to Northern Michigan University for the Environmental Compliance Conference in Marquette.

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.

Great Lakes Sand Dunes - Dare to Explore

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

Science Advisory Workgroup to present recommendations to Environmental Rules Review Committee

June 11, 2019

Science Advisory Workgroup

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.


EGLE is creating safer beaches with rapid-testing technology

June 6, 2019

Mom playing with daughter at beachMichigan’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

EGLE Staff Volunteer to Remove Invasive Plants from Stony Creek Metropark

June 5, 2019

EGLE staff from the Warren District Office volunteered to remove invasive species at Stony Creek Metropark in Macomb County.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.

Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week celebrates Michigan's water heritage

June 4, 2019

Three young children wearing bright swim suits and goggles stand in the water at Ocqueoc FallsThe 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

City of Hastings Awarded EGLE Grant to Assess a Contaminated Riverfront Site

May 30, 2019

Deteriorating building at the site in the City of HastingsA 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.

Healthy Coast Initiative bridges communities and coastline

May 29, 2019

A family of three strolls along the St. Clair River on Southeast Michigan's Blue Water River WalkThe 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.

Matching grant offered for combined heat and power feasibility studies at Michigan facilities

May 28, 2019

The Combined Heat and Power project at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti is the newest in Michigan.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.

EGLE joins USTMA for National Tire Safety Week 2019 to educate motorists on the importance of proper tire care

May 23, 2019

National Tire Safety Week LogoWith the summer driving season approaching, it's time to "Know Your Roll" by ensuring proper tire care and maintenance.

State Leaders Tour Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods

May 22, 2019

Group touring Southwest Detroit neighborhoodsDirector Liesl Clark joined State Senator Stephanie Chang and State Representatives Tyrone Carter and Abdullah Hammoud, and others.

Save your seat for the June Environmental Compliance Conference

May 21, 2019

People checking in at an EGLE conferenceEGLE to host Northern Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference.

Turning Tragedy into Inspiration for Highland Park

May 16, 2019

Beth Vens and Mamu Shu at Avalon VillageAvalon 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.

MSU to see drinking water system improvements after completion of new treatment plant

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

EGLE resumes stakeholder meetings focused on communication and collaboration

May 14, 2019

EGLE Director Liesl Clark engages with stakeholders at a May meeting.EGLE has resumed its tradition of holding stakeholder meetings .

To Burn or not to Burn…

May 9, 2019

MDEQ Minute - Open Burning VideoOpen 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. 

FishPass Project, Traverse City

May 8, 2019

View from Union Street Dam looking downstreamA 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.

Contracts for Environmental Cleanups

May 7, 2019

Large equipment used to conduct work at environmental cleanup sitesEGLE uses contracts for a variety of environmental services related to investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites.

EPA Region 5 state environmental agency directors meet in Cincinnati

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.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.

EGLE Issues Thousands of Permits Each Year and Proactively Partners with Environmental Permit Review Commission

May 2, 2019

Liberty DamEach 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.

What does a straw have to do with air quality?

May 1, 2019

Instructions for the Asthma Empathy Test with a strawThis 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.

Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion - A Natural Occurrence

April 30, 2019

Shoreland with shed on top of clifCan Great Lakes erosion be stopped?

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27

April 25, 2019

DEQ National RX Take Back DayTake Action and Dispose of Unwanted Medications Responsibly on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

EGLE Names Regina Strong as Environmental Justice Public Advocate

Regina Strong, Environmental Justice Public AdvocateMichigan 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.

Earth Day Celebration

April 24, 2019

School children engaged by an Earth Day presentation in 2018.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.

Electric school bus joins electric vehicles at ride and drive in Lansing

April 23, 2019

Debbie Swartz joined Mac Dashney to record a video with Judy Palnau about the electric school bus.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.

Earth Day is the First Day for EGLE

April 22, 2019

First Day of EGLE, Liesl Clark, Director of EGLEIt 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.

The Environmental Rules Review Committee Prepares for PFAS Rulemaking

April 18, 2019

The Environmental Rules Review Committee Prepares for PFAS RulemakingThe 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.

Environmental Impacts of the Marijuana Industry

April 17, 2019

Plants growing inside a marijuana facilityBelieve it or not, MDEQ does regulate the marijuana industry. Beyond being a growth industry, there is an abundance of environmental impacts to consider.

WRD Tends Educational Booth at Barry County Science Festival

April 16, 2019

Boy looking into pan of macrointebratesPierce 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.

Hundreds of community residents gather at Bridge Academy in Hamtramck for MDEQ U.S. Ecology meeting

April 11, 2019

Meeting with DEQ regarding US EcologyOn 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. 

Protecting you from asbestos at demolition sites

April 11, 2019

MI Environmental Asbestos Video image with Joe Goeddke of the DEQThe Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has five inspectors that work to protect the public from asbestos exposure.

DEQ Works With Partners to Address Ozone Non-Attainment; ALA Ranking Tells Part of the Story

April 4, 2019

MI Environment map of Michigan designating ozone nonattainment areasThe 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.

MDEQ Drug Disposal Maps Help Identify Take Back Locations to Save Lives, Protect Water

DEQ Household Drug Take Back MapApril 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.

400 People Join DEQ and EPA for Rockford Townhall

400 People Join DEQ and EPA for Rockford TownhallApril 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.

MDEQ Awards Brownfield Grant to Revitalize Flint Neighborhood

Map of Flint Clark Commons community focusing on redevelopmentMarch 28, 2019

MDEQ awards Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to protect residents and revitalize the Clark Commons neighborhood on Flint's south side.

MDEQ and MDHHS release video on vapor intrusion for homeowners

What is Vapor Intrusion? Video imageMarch 27, 2019

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.

DEQ takes first step in establishing PFAS drinking water standards

Water pouring into a glass from a faucet.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.

Protecting Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes

Thunderbay Shipwreck ImageMarch 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 Local Communities to Revitalize Properties

Brownfield Flip Video ImageMarch 21, 2019

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.

Environmental Rules Review Committee Takes Its First Action

MUnderground Injection Wellarch 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.

Digital Joint Permit Application Webinar Draws Record Numbers

Woman looking at digital joint permit application.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.

Celebrate Environmental Health Week - March 18-22

Drill rig drilling a drinking water well.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.

DEQ Leverages Critical Surcharge Funding to Regulate Landfills

Front-end loader moving trash on a landfill.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.

DEQ and DHHS Team Up to Address PFAS Questions at Flint Legislators' Townhall

Flint area of interest mapMarch 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.

Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Reaches Major Milestone

March 11, 2019

Chart showing reduction of number of contaminated gas stations over time.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.

Public Information Meeting Held in Grand Rapids Regarding Viant Medical, Inc.

March 8, 2019

Kent County Cancer Incidence Evaluation Area MapOn 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.

Investing in Clean Drinking Water

March 7, 2019

Cleaning Up Our Drinking WaterWhile Michigan residents are able to easily see the conditions of Michigan roads, the condition of Michigan's drinking water infrastructure is less noticeable.

Governor Announces $120 Million for Drinking Water Infrastructure

March 5, 2019

Zero communities with unsafe drinking water. Let's get it done.Today, Governor Whitmer released her budget proposal placing a priority on infrastructure for both roads and water infrastructure.

Gordie Howe International Bridge: Air Monitoring

March 5, 2019

Map of Southwest Detroit Area showing air emission sources and air monitoring locations.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.