Environment


Midland flood
Michigan Will Assess Remaining Portion of Failed Dam

State investigators announced Monday that they will be assessing the remaining portions of the dams that broke in May.

People photograph the floodwaters of the Tittabawassee River that encroached on downtown Midland, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Floodwaters have overtaken dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people from communities in central Michigan. Families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home Tuesday evening, the second time in less than 24 hours. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Independent Investigation Launched Into Whether Federal Negligence to Blame for Midland Flood

More than two months after the floodwaters submerged a mid-Michigan town, an independent investigation into the cause is finally underway.

This June 2020 file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Michigan sought a pledge Friday, July 17, 2020 from Enbridge Inc. to cover costs that would arise if oil were to leak from its dual pipelines that extend across a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.  (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP File)
Michigan Wants Line 5 Energy Pipeline Company to Pledge $2 Billion in Case of Oil Spill

Michigan leaders contend Line 5 is an environmental hazard that should be shut down.

Photo via State Rep. Greg Markkanen
Trump Wants to Limit Page Counts for Environmental Reports. That Could Hurt Michigan’s Great Lakes.

State Sen. Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock) supports President Trump's environmental rollbacks, which would create shortcuts for Michigan’s controversial oil pipeline — the same shortcuts that contributed to the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history.

In this May 21, 2020 file photo, Sanford resident Connie Methner, owner of CJ's Hairstyling, bows her head as she copes with the damage after water flooded her salon to its ceiling in Sanford, Mich. Sanford village, with a population of 859, is pulling together after the devastation of two dam failures in May. Volunteers are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed since there's no telling when major state and federal help will come. (Jake May/MLive.com/The Flint Journal via AP File)
The Federal Government Has Left This Michigan Village to Recover From Floods on Their Own

The village of Sanford in Midland County — an area that saw more than $200 million in flood damage — has raised just $230,000 for recovery waiting for stalled federal aid.

Keep a lookout: The Asian tiger mosquito has a silvery stripe on its back and white rings around its legs. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Let Freedom Ring and Mosquitos Die: How to Protect Yourself From Asian Tiger Mosquitos

As we head into a long weekend full of sun, fun, and outdoor activities, there’s a new invasive species Michiganders need to protect themselves from.

This June 2020 photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP)
A Judge Just Shut Down the Line 5 Energy Pipeline to Protect Michigan’s Great Lakes

Attorney General Dana Nessel said continued operation of the pipeline risks severe and lasting environmental damage to Michigan's most important natural resource.