LANSING – Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis has drawn international headlines, but some states and their water systems appear to be slow in learning the importance of keeping the public informed about similar risks. Most of the country’s 100 largest water systems have failed to follow an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendation to publicize where their lead service lines are, according to a new report by the U.S. General Accountability Office. The GAO is a nonpartisan investigatory arm of Congress. The EPA made that recommendation to all states in 2016 after “the crisis in Flint brought increased attention to the country’s challenge of addressing lead in drinking water infrastructure,” GAO said in its report to congressional committees. “Lead service lines present a significant risk of lead contamination in drinking water,” the report said.
With temperatures dropping, and leaves changing colors, fall is officially here. It is important to dispose of leaves early and properly this fall season to avoid a fine. A local ordinance in East Lansing prohibits yard waste such as leaves from being deposited in parks, streets, or any public property. In an effort to help the residents of East Lansing, bulk leaf collection will be offered six times through the October and November months. Leaf collection will start on the city’s east side during the weeks of Oct.
Scientists are puzzled by the return of martens to Isle Royale. The members of the weasel family may have been re-introduced by conservationists, lived under the radar or strolled across an ice bridge. By Eric Freedman.
A sap-sucking insect and a fast-growing flower could threaten Michigan plants. They’re the latest invasive species identified as potential threats to the state. Environmental officials are encouraging people to us an app to report sightings of the spotted lantern fly and the Japanese chaff flower. By Kaley Fech.
What happens when saving the few – in this case, a small number of plants or animals in a species at high risk of extinction – may harm the many – here, members of more common species? That’s a real problem as conservation experts and public land agencies wrestle with how to allocate scarce funds for habitat protection. A new study by scientists from the Nature Conservancy’s Michigan chapter and three universities says tradeoffs are necessary, based on their research of about 35 species of native migratory fish – some extremely rare, some extremely common — in the 1,833 largest tributaries of the Great Lakes.
While health agencies statewide investigate the link between contaminated drinking water and a firefighting foam, use of the substance remains legal. The chemical, known as PFAS, is linked to contamination at Gerald R. Ford International Airport and Camp Grayling. Firefighters say alternative foams aren’t as effective.
Mercury levels remain high in the lakes, rivers and fish of the Western U.P. despite a substantial drop in airborne mercury emissions over the past 30 years, according to scientists from Michigan Technological University and the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s a “geographic enigma” with serious health implications.
Mercury levels remain high in Western U.P .lakes, rivers and fish despite a substantial decline in airborne mercury emissions over the past 30 years, according to a new study from Michigan Tech and the EPA. That poses health risks. The U.P.’s extensive – and growing – wetlands play a major role in the problem as forested and wetland environments are returning as large northern tracts are converted to state and federal forests and wetland ditching is reduced.