"Eagle vs EGLE" drone dustup tops our 10 most popular stories of 2020

Screenshot of MI Environment webpage

Check out the Top 10 most-read MI Environment stories of 2020.

100-year-old business builds new headquarters in Rochester on former brownfield site

Exterior of Frank Rewold & Sons headquarters building in Rochester, Michigan

EGLE provided a $1 million Brownfield Redevelopment grant and a $1 million Brownfield Redevelopment loan for the project.

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons - are they recyclable?

Gift wrapped in red and gold wrapping paper with gold colored bowThe gift-giving season means using wrapping paper, but is it recyclable?

O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy branches (to the goats)

Goats eating recycled Christmas trees. Photo credit: Lewis Adventure Farm and Zoo

More Michigan communities are offering Christmas tree and wreath recycling.

Proper disposal of old TVs, computers, and holiday lights after the holidays is easier than ever

Large screen television curbside on residential street

The holiday season means millions of people will be getting rid of old electronic products that contain hazardous substances. Proper disposal is easier than ever.

Working from home puts potential for deadly radon gas in the spotlight

Graphic on one in four Michigan homes having high levels of radonAs people seek to stay safe at home, they also need to be aware of the potential in-home hazard presented by radon — a cancer-causing odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas.

NextCycle Michigan program to build state's recycling and recovery economy

NextCycle Michigan Logo

NextCycle Michigan is focused on developing a circular economy, creating a robust recycled materials supply chain, and supporting recycled-content manufacturers in Michigan.

Cleanup at plant in Hamtramck near neighborhood makes way for new meat processing center

Michigan Industrial Finishes plant before cleanup

The facility is located among other commercial and industrial facilities in Hamtramck, directly across the street from a low income, minority residential area in Detroit.

Over a thousand inland lake stewards and growing

Michigan Shoreland Stewards sign with vegetation and lake in background.

Since it was launched, over 1,100 inland lake property owners from 286 lakes have taken the Shoreland Stewards Survey.

U.P. communities team up through EGLE grant to identify municipal, residential energy savings

Brad Barnett and others discuss energy issues like EV charging infrastructure

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region worked with three communities to identify energy savings for municipal facilities and residents.

Lower Menominee River clean-up a success, but there's still work to do

Menekaunee Harbor in Marinette Wisconsin after ecological restoration work

The Lower Menominee River is only the third Michigan site to be taken off the Area of Concern list but more work remains.

EGLE director provides updates on clean water, climate, and mobility efforts at U.P. clean energy conference

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 provided updates on the department's clean water, climate and mobility efforts and the U.P. Energy Task Force.

Michigan Materials Marketplace helps businesses reuse, recycle as state moves toward circular economy

Michigan Materials Marketplace logo

The Michigan Materials Marketplace is helping connect the dots between manufacturers, recyclers and entrepreneurs to develop and expand new reuse and recycling market opportunities.

New invasive vine called mile-a-minute weed found in Calhoun County

Blueish, small round fruit on the mile-a-minute weed

Mile-a-minute weed gets its name from its ability to grow up to 6 inches per day, or 25 feet in six to eight weeks.

Great Lakes important part of Michigan and regional economy, support 1.3 million jobs

Working Great Lakes water front with boats

Great Lakes support more than 1.3 million jobs that generate $82 billion in wages annually, a study finds.

With over 250 missions completed, drones are important tool for EGLE as it protects the environment and public health

Heavy-life drone in the air with EGLE staffer at the controls.

Drones are a tool that help EGLE gather information on sites that otherwise would not be available.

EGLE in the spotlight at GIS Day

Man works on GIS project on computer at 2019 GIS Day event.

EGLE is leading the State in making major public facing internet mapping/data access applications available to the public.

Fast Five with Kevin McKnight, EGLE's GIS Manager

Kevin McKnight's portrait

McKnight's goal at EGLE is to help build a centralized team of GIS experts to manage databases and online environments and to help tell EGLE's story by creating informative and high-quality content for the public.

Shoreline protection permits triple the number approved the previous year

Tiger dams are installed along a canal in the Jefferson Chalmers section of Detroit to stem high water from inundating yards.

Shoreline protection continues to be a concern for Michigan residents as three times as many permit applications have been approved compared to last year.

EGLE latest state agency to earn bronze certification as Veteran-Friendly Employer

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency logo for bronze certification as a Veteran-Friendly Employer

EGLE is the latest state department to earn the "Veteran-friendly Employer" certification from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Veteran's career path: Air Force, NOAA Fisheries, EGLE

Barney Boyer on a boat

Air Force veteran and EGLE staffer Barney Boyer works with Michigan communities to reduce pollution in rivers, lakes, and streams.

EGLE uses flexible enforcement tool to help communities harmed by pollution violations

Salina Elementary School in Dearborn

A unique tool being used more often by EGLE can both correct the violation and help affected communities that have been harmed by the pollution.

Village of Sanford turns to wood grinder to dispose of flood debris

Wood debris pile in Sanford

EGLE staffers determined there were better, more environmentally and public health friendly options available to burning wood debris piles in Sanford: wood grinders.

EGLE permit allows recovery of 'Loch Ness Monster of Wixom Lake'

Steam shovel stuck in the lakebed of Wixom Lake

EGLE's permit saved a piece of history from the lakebed of Wixom Lake.

EGLE issues 25 loans for water and wastewater infrastructure projects

Interactive Water Infrastructure Financing Map graphic

Thirteen wastewater facilities and 12 drinking water facilities have received low interest loans from EGLE through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Don't trash that pumpkin: Many Michigan communities accept jack-o'-lanterns for composting

Two sheep eating pumpkins in Delhi Township part of the community's pumpkin drop-off programInstead of putting your pumpkin in the trash bound for a landfill, try giving ol' Jack a new purpose through organic recycling.

Tired of raking leaves into bags for disposal? Try composting instead

Compost bin full of leaves

While most homeowners rake leaves for curbside disposal, many are turning to composting when they find out how simple and effective it can be.

Allen Place to serve as community hub in Lansing, with help of EGLE brownfield grant

Artist's rendering of Allen Place

Allen Place is set to become a community hub that will feature a revitalized neighborhood, food entrepreneurism and activities that promote health and well-being.

Fast Five showcases energy efficiency work in Detroit 2030 District

Bedrock building at 615 W. Lafayette in Detroit

Part of the Detroit 2030 District, Bedrock made improvements that resulted in verified electric savings of 1,062,089 kilowatt-hours per year and natural gas savings of 1,394 hundred cubic feet per year.

Cleanup of abandoned mining waste in the Keweenaw Peninsula making great progress

Contractors removing mercury from scrapped equipment in Ripley, Michigan

The team has completed extensive multi-year waste removal actions at eight locations along Torch Lake in the Keweenaw Peninsula in the past 13 years.

Public trust doctrine and water withdrawals aim to protect the Great Lakes

Mackinac Island Panorama

The public trust doctrine means protecting public water resources for the use and enjoyment of all.

Fast Five: Law Enforcement Division lieutenant makes sure everyone is following environmental rules

EGLE's Environmental Investigation Section

EGLE's Environmental Investigation Section investigates cases where there are alleged violations of environmental law. It also works with the Department of Natural Resources on cases in which they are involved.

EGLE working with Dow Chemical Company to plug 150 historic brine wells

Marshall Brine Well Plugging project sign

Work to plug out-of-service brine wells in Gratiot, Isabella, and Midland counties got started this summer in a collaboration between Dow Chemical Company and EGLE.

Working from home means reduction in energy, water use at Constitution Hall

New LED lighting at Constitution Hall

As many State employees are working from home, DTMB has reduced energy and water use in State-managed buildings, including Constitution Hall.

Carbon-neutral goal is a flag planted for a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous future in the Great Lakes State

Headshot of EGLE Director Liesl Clark

The MI Healthy Climate Plan is a powerful signal that Michigan intends to seize new opportunities for our economy, communities, and families.

EGLE to kick off clean energy webinar series to help local governments implement energy efficiency, renewable energy

River Rouge City Hall rooftop solar

To help local governments with practical advice on issues related to clean energy, EGLE has partnered with the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan to present a series of webinars.

EGLE kicks off EGLE Classroom video series

Screen shot from episode of EGLE Classroom on autumn oliveEGLE has kicked off EGLE Classroom, a series of videos featuring EGLE experts on various topics.

Wastewater technologies for carpet cleaners help to protect public health and the environment

Wastewater treatment technologies for carpet cleaners help protect the environment.

EGLE nets $35 million underground storage tank settlement

 Leaking underground storage tank

The significant influx of funding from Premcor will be used to protect the public health, safety, and the environment throughout the State of Michigan.

How much does one person's consumer consumption affect the climate? One EGLE staffer found out.

Reducing consumption reduces climate impact

By making small changes in consumer consumption, one EGLE staffer was able to see a noticeable impact on her personal climate impact.

EGLE's Pollution Prevention program helps Michigan businesses be more efficient, sustainable

Pollution Prevention Week 2020 promotional poster

Focusing on pollution prevention helps businesses become more efficient, innovative, competitive, and sustainable.

Partnership grants available for U.P., northern Lower Peninsula sites to build out statewide EV charging network

DC fast chargers in Cadillac Michigan

There is a specific need for partners in the Upper Peninsula and the northwest and northeast portions of the Lower Peninsula for grants that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learning to be SepticSmart, but what was with Ralph's compass?

Septic workers in the Upper Peninsula working on a septic system

Managing a septic system is a responsibility that affects every Michigander who cares about water quality.

Do your part to be SepticSmart

SepticSmart Week 2020 logo

Properly maintaining your septic system prevents system failure and minimizes negative impacts to groundwater, lakes, and streams.

EGLE unveils searchable database to track loans for water system upgrades to local governments

Screen shot of the Interactive Infrastructure Financing Map web page

EGLE has developed an interactive web application to view loans financed through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Soo Locks project finally underway with 2027 target date for opening

Aerial shot of the Soo Locks

Construction is underway on a new large lock that will provide the necessary capacity and redundancy for Michigan's Soo Locks to continue accommodating marine traffic vital to the North American economy.

Initiatives foster stewardship, raise water literacy for all ages

Lake Superior State University Wildlife Club class

The OGL recently launched new initiatives dedicated to fostering stewardship, improving community and individual engagement and increasing water literacy of residents.

Michigan communities empowered to take action for Great Lakes protection

Huron Pines planner joins others to discuss storm water management plans for Rogers City Photo Credit: Huron Pines

Leaders on both sides of the lake are coming together to prioritize healthy water and a sustainable future for Lake Huron with the Lake Huron Forever program.

In the Great Lakes State, water is a core tenet of EGLE's mission and vision

Lead service line removal

Michigan has a unique place in the system as the only state almost entirely within the Great Lakes' drainage basin.

Fast Five: EGLE integrated in state's emergency efforts to manage COVID-19 pandemic

Jay Eickholt (in the background), EGLE's emergency management coordinator, at the State Emergency Operations Center.

As part of National Preparedness Month, this Fast Five edition of MI Environment looks at EGLE's emergency management efforts with Jay Eickholt, the department's emergency management coordinator.

With EGLE's help, formerly contaminated property now a destination for lattes and pastries in Redford Township

Dilapidated building at Chicago and Telegraph roads in Redford Township

The popular chain coffee retailer at the corner of Chicago and Telegraph in Redford Township in suburban Detroit was not always the most attractive property on the block.

National Tire Safety Week puts focus on pro-environment tire care

National Tire Safety Week logo

The 2020 campaign, "Know Your Roll," is designed to educate consumers about the importance of proper tire care and maintenance.

EGLE grant helps restore stream in Traverse City

Kids Creek concrete span installation and utility work

Replacing the culverts with the natural bottom bridge alleviated the problems of restricted creek water flow, flooding and erosion.

Beach testing, water sampling resume for fifth year on Saginaw Bay

EGLE staffers collect water samples in nearshore areas of Saginaw Bay

The purpose of the sampling is to determine general conditions and water quality for several public beaches and shoreline areas on Saginaw Bay.

Electronic waste recycling takes off in rural Michigan

Electronic waste recycling event

Last year, people in rural areas of Michigan recycled over 300,000 pounds of electronic waste.

Many Household Hazardous Waste recycling locations in Michigan open through fall

Hazardous waste in back of pickup truck being dropped off at collection event

You may only have a few more months to get rid of your household hazardous waste, as many drop-off sites stop collecting these items in the fall.

EGLE launches new sustainability series webinars aimed to help Michigan small businesses

PowerPoint slide on goals from Sustainability Webinar series

A new line of EGLE Sustainability Series Webinars will help attendees achieve meaningful, measurable changes that benefit not only the environment but also the bottom line.

EGLE drone that lost confrontation with bald eagle plucked from bottom of Lake Michigan

Drone attacked by bald eagle plucked by EGLE staffers from Lake Michigan after search

EGLE staffers pulled the soggy hardware from the lakebed Tuesday afternoon at almost the exact GPS coordinates of its final, frantic, transmission.

Sessions during week-long EGLE compliance training series to cover air, waste and water regulations among other topics to aid environmental professionals

Logo for Michigan Environmental Compliance Week, Sept. 21 to 25 2020EGLE's biennial Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference will move to a virtual format this year and take place over an entire week — all online and free — from September 21 to 25.

EGLE continues to offer more webinars and virtual meetings than ever

Screen shot of EGLE webinar

During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, EGLE has ramped up its online offerings without missing a beat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What is Ozone?

Screenshot of Clean Air Action Days video

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.