Environment

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(MPRN-Lansing) The head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has resigned over the drinking water crisis in Flint. 

"Continuing to move up to 23 million gallons of crude oil per day through 62-year-old, underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac is too risky and not necessary, an environmental group said Monday." (Detroit Free Press)

"In 1999, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was preparing regulatory language that would remove gray wolves in the Great Lakes region from the federal endangered species list, Wisconsin wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven figured the transition process from federal protection to state population management would be smooth." (MLive)

"WASHINGTON — As expected, the U.S. House on Monday quickly passed legislation that moves to phase out the use of tiny synthetic particles known as microbeads, which are used in cosmetics and personal care products and can pose an environmental threat to the Great Lakes and other waterways." (Detroit Free Press)

Wild rice has been an important food to Native American tribes in the United States for thousands of years. But due to climate change, those rice fields have started to disappear in West Michigan. With the help of Rhino Media in Kalamazoo, the Gun Lake Tribe of Potawatomi has produced a documentary on the rice fields. It’s showing Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in Grand Rapids’ Wealthy Theatre. 


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