michigan department of environmental quality

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(MPRN-Lansing) The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) A bottled water company wants permission to pump more water from the Muskegon River Watershed. Local environmental groups are pushing back. They want the state Department of Environmental Quality to slow down the approval process. 

(MPRN-Lansing) A global bottled water company is asking the state for permission to more than double how much water it’s withdrawing from the ground in west Michigan. 

Employees with MDEQ's first wetland monitoring program floating their gear over a stream. File photo
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. 

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