Environment

iStock/Elizabeth Quillian

(MPRN-Undated) The eight Great Lakes states will vote Tuesday on a request by the city of Waukesha-Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan. 

iStock/Elizabeth Quillian

(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s top water officials say there’s at least one compelling reason to approve Waukesha-Wisconsin’s request to divert water from Lake Michigan. And that is the city’s already doing it. 

Gary Wilson

A long five year process to determine if Waukesha, Wisconsin can withdraw water from Lake Michigan will likely come to an end next month. 


Kalamazoo County will receive a $400,000 federal grant to help clean up its brownfield sites. Brownfields are former industrial or commercial lands often contaminated by hazardous waste - everything from old gas stations to former paper mills.

Mark Mills with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources closes the gate to the temporary water control structure upstream of the Otsego Township Dam. The structure is there to help take pressure off of the dam while the cleanup takes place.
Rebecca Thiele

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has wanted to tear down dams along the Kalamazoo River since the ‘80s - to create better habitats for fish and other wildlife. But leftover PCB contamination behind the dams has kept that from happening. Now, due to an Environmental Protection Agency order, the Otsego Township Dam can finally be removed. That gives other dam owners hope that they can get rid of their crumbling dams too.


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