Check out the Top 10 most-read MI Environment stories of 2020.
EGLE provided a $1 million Brownfield Redevelopment grant and a $1 million Brownfield Redevelopment loan for the project.
The gift-giving season means using wrapping paper, but is it recyclable?
More Michigan communities are offering Christmas tree and wreath recycling.
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.
As 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 is focused on developing a circular economy, creating a robust recycled materials supply chain, and supporting recycled-content manufacturers in Michigan.
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.
The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region worked with three communities to identify energy savings for municipal facilities and residents.
The Lower Menominee River is only the third Michigan site to be taken off the Area of Concern list but more work remains.
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.
The Michigan Materials Marketplace is helping connect the dots between manufacturers, recyclers and entrepreneurs to develop and expand new reuse and recycling market opportunities.
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 support more than 1.3 million jobs that generate $82 billion in wages annually, a study finds.
Drones are a tool that help EGLE gather information on sites that otherwise would not be available.
EGLE is leading the State in making major public facing internet mapping/data access applications available to the public.
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 continues to be a concern for Michigan residents as three times as many permit applications have been approved compared to last year.
EGLE is the latest state department to earn the "Veteran-friendly Employer" certification from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
Air Force veteran and EGLE staffer Barney Boyer works with Michigan communities to reduce pollution in rivers, lakes, and streams.
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.
EGLE staffers determined there were better, more environmentally and public health friendly options available to burning wood debris piles in Sanford: wood grinders.
EGLE's permit saved a piece of history from the lakebed of Wixom Lake.
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.
Instead of putting your pumpkin in the trash bound for a landfill, try giving ol' Jack a new purpose through organic recycling.
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 is set to become a community hub that will feature a revitalized neighborhood, food entrepreneurism and activities that promote health and well-being.
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.
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.
The public trust doctrine means protecting public water resources for the use and enjoyment of all.
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.
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.
As many State employees are working from home, DTMB has reduced energy and water use in State-managed buildings, including Constitution Hall.
The MI Healthy Climate Plan is a powerful signal that Michigan intends to seize new opportunities for our economy, communities, and families.
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 has kicked off EGLE Classroom, a series of videos featuring EGLE experts on various topics.
Wastewater treatment technologies for carpet cleaners help protect the environment.
The significant influx of funding from Premcor will be used to protect the public health, safety, and the environment throughout the State of Michigan.
By making small changes in consumer consumption, one EGLE staffer was able to see a noticeable impact on her personal climate impact.
Focusing on pollution prevention helps businesses become more efficient, innovative, competitive, and sustainable.
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.
Managing a septic system is a responsibility that affects every Michigander who cares about water quality.
Properly maintaining your septic system prevents system failure and minimizes negative impacts to groundwater, lakes, and streams.
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.
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.
The OGL recently launched new initiatives dedicated to fostering stewardship, improving community and individual engagement and increasing water literacy of residents.
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.
Michigan has a unique place in the system as the only state almost entirely within the Great Lakes' drainage basin.
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.
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.
The 2020 campaign, "Know Your Roll," is designed to educate consumers about the importance of proper tire care and maintenance.
Replacing the culverts with the natural bottom bridge alleviated the problems of restricted creek water flow, flooding and erosion.
The purpose of the sampling is to determine general conditions and water quality for several public beaches and shoreline areas on Saginaw Bay.
Last year, people in rural areas of Michigan recycled over 300,000 pounds of electronic waste.
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.
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 staffers pulled the soggy hardware from the lakebed Tuesday afternoon at almost the exact GPS coordinates of its final, frantic, transmission.
EGLE'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.
During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, EGLE has ramped up its online offerings without missing a beat.
EGLE staffer Mary Ann St. Antoine solved a rock mystery that took the Internet by storm.
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 levels affect every corner of the state, from Great Lakes shorelines to inland lakes to rivers and canals, says EGLE Director Liesl Clark.
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.
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.
Michigan is once again leading the way nationally in fighting PFAS contamination by setting its own science-based drinking water standard.
The biggest changes in nearly 40 years to Michigan's hazardous waste management rules took effect on August 3.
The problems at Raisin Valley Estates prompted its new owner to ask EGLE for guidance on how to get a treatment system approved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The data will help shape state and local policies that make smarter, more cost-effective decisions on waste disposal, diversion, and recycling programs.
Ozone that forms at the ground level can be unhealthy at certain concentrations.
Build fires at home or camp only with natural materials like wood, brush and logs.
With high water levels, be mindful that you may encounter some dangerous materials lurking in or around the water.
Under 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.
EGLE is making it easier to access the benefits of solar energy through the Michigan Solar Communities Low- to Moderate-Income Access Program.
Michigan has succeeded in what is likely the nation's largest collection and disposal program for PFAS-containing aqueous film forming foam.
Michigan boaters should "Clean, Drain, and Dry" boats, trailers and any gear after leaving the water to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
How many species of fish do you see in this bucket?
EGLE's Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is looking for Michigan residents to be Clean Water Ambassadors.
Composting with worms is ideal for those that wish to recycle some of their kitchen scraps, but don't have the space for regular composting.
Composting is easy to do at home.
Michigan has become a national leader in the use and implementation of asset management for wastewater and stormwater systems.
Two EGLE staffers are serving as role models as part of the Michigan Science Center's STEMinista Project.
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.
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.
May is American Wetland Month, a time devoted to recognizing the importance of wetlands to the nation's ecological, economic, and social health.
The upcoming water recreation season in Michigan will be the first with a statewide total maximum daily load (TMDL) in place for E. coli.
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.
EGLE provides air quality forecasts for two pollutants -- fine particulate and ozone.
EGLE Water Resources Division's assistant director explains impact of high water levels in Michigan on SustainabiliME podcast.
While this year's Earth Day celebration will be virtual, there are many resources to support learning about the environment, climate, and energy:
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.
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.
Keep five important things in mind when dealing with the impact of high water in Michigan.
EGLE issues nine loans for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
The three Ps are the only things that should ever be flushed down a toilet.
Photo credit: Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant
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
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.
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.
The Environmental Rules Review Committee has approved draft rules limiting PFAS contamination in Michigan drinking water.
MI Environment, EGLE’s online publication, has marked its first anniversary. Over 5,000 people now subscribe to the publication’s weekly digest.
EGLE 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.
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.
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 is helping ensure all Michiganders understand how important it is to “be counted” in the once-a-decade population tally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homeowners turn to EGLE staff when waste and contaminated soils turn up on property planned for their home.
Planning is underway for the annual Earth Day celebration at Constitution Hall to make it the best ever to mark the 50th anniversary.
EGLE staffers participated in last year's EPA Regional-ORD Community of Science Networking program to establish connections that will encourage collaborative research opportunities.
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.
Sasy's 2020 plans call for a new and more responsive system for logging and responding to drinking water complaints from residents.
Drones are becoming one of the most valuable tools in EGLE's environmental protection toolbox.
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.
Flint's historic Chevy in the Hole site is transforming into Chevy Commons, an urban greenspace, with help from EGLE.
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.
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'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.
EGLE's meteorologists work in the Air Quality Division to model the impact of air pollutants such as ozone across the state.
EGLE Director Clark testified before the Michigan House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee on Jan. 15 about the Electro-Plating Services incident.
The 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.
The first of Michigan's electric school buses arrived recently at five Michigan school districts. EGLE is contributing to the funding of the program.
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.
With high radon levels in one of every four homes in Michigan, EGLE is joining with others to observe Radon Action Month in January.
EGLE has launched GovQA -- its new online Freedom of Information Act request processing portal.
High 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.