Environment

Dense colonies of European frogbit can develop quickly in shallow, slow-moving water
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

An invasive aquatic plant has found its way into West Michigan lakes. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed European frogbit in two lakes in east Grand Rapids. European frogbit is a water plant with half-inch to two-inch leaves that look like small water lilies. 

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags. 

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder’s new environmental protection chief goes before a state Senate committee for a confirmation hearing. But Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether faces little possibility that her new job is in jeopardy. 

Kenna checks a creek near F.C. Reed Middle School in Bridgman
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

So far this year 25 public beaches on Lake Michigan have had closures due to high bacteria levels. As sewers and septic tanks age, they can leak human waste into streams and lakes - which can make people sick. Some cities and towns are trying to fix this old infrastructure.

But there’s a problem - how do you find out which pipes are leaking? A company founded in Michigan, Environmental Canine Services, uses dogs to sniff out wastewater.


WMUK

Reporter Elizabeth Miller says that seeing beaches in Ohio without lifeguards made her think about the issue of drowning on the Great Lakes. 


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