Diane Pierce, University of Michigan

Plans to expand Western Michigan University’s Business, Technology, and Research Park at Colony Farm Orchard have been met with controversy. The university got the property with the caveat that it could not be developed. But in 2010, the state got rid of that restriction.

Environmentalists are worried about plants and wildlife on the site as well as in nearby Asylum Lake Preserve. The discovery of a rare species of orchid on the site has given environmentalists hope that Western might change its plans.


(MPRN-Lansing) Democrats in the state Legislature say it’s time to restore citizen oversight panels to supervise air and water programs in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 

The EPA's current plan for Allied Paper Landfill
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We don’t yet know if Kalamazoo’s Allied Paper Landfill can be cleaned up using microorganisms. The company that wants to do that, BioPath Solutions, is still testing its product. But if BioPath gets the go-ahead from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it might remove the waste. Many residents have said that’s what they want. But they would also have to deal with some noise and some unpleasant smells.

Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) A group of state House Democrats hopes the crisis in Flint will help bring attention to other issues they say threaten clean water in Michigan. They announced bills on Thursday that would increase regulations on fracking. 

Galls hang from blueberry bushes on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic blueberry farm
Joan Donaldson

While fruit farmers continue to fight the invasive spotted wing drosophila fly, Southwest Michigan’s blueberry growers also face a homegrown pest. The blueberry gall wasp is native to Michigan but has experienced a population boom in the past few years - and researchers aren’t sure why.