michigan department of environmental quality

Employees with MDEQ's first wetland monitoring program floating their gear over a stream.
Anne Garwood, MDEQ

If you enjoy long walks through the mud, scaling fences, and doing paperwork under the hot sun - you’d love working for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s first ever wetland monitoring program. It’s a dirty job, but it’s the only way to find out if the state’s wetlands are healthy.

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. 

Governor Rick Snyder has taken hits for naming an oil company lobbyist to run the  state’s environmental protection department. But the governor says critics will be pleasantly surprised by Heidi Grether.

Environmentalists have complained that Grether spent most of her career as an oil company lobbyist. Snyder says Grether deserves the chance to prove herself.

Waste Management Task Force Holds Public Meeting

Jul 20, 2016
The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) sorting recyclables
Recycle Works

(MPRN-Lansing) Members of the public told a state panel that they have concerns about landfills in their backyards. The hearing on Wednesday was part of the Department of Environmental Quality’s waste management task force. 


(MPRN-Lansing) A joint legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis was told state environmental watchdogs failed to follow federal clean water rules.