Dave Dempsey: Stop polluting and neglecting Michigan’s groundwater

BY: - May 11, 2021

Imagine the Great Lakes 20 to 40% lower, thwarting commercial shipping, impairing recreational boating and fishing, leaving beaches and docks high and dry. Imagine 45% of Michigan’s population forced to pump water from lakes or streams many more miles away to supply their drinking water needs, while drawing down those already depleted water bodies. And […]

White House aims sales pitch for infrastructure plan at the states

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s 7,540 miles of highway roads in poor condition. Florida’s $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. The one in four Idahoans with no access to broadband internet, and one in two living in areas with too-few licensed child care centers. In the next phase of President Joe Biden’s […]

Whitmer invokes federal law to hold military site cleanups to highest PFAS standards

BY: - April 1, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she is invoking a federal law to ensure the U.S. Air Force uses the strictest PFAS standards possible while cleaning up a contaminated air force base in northern Michigan, as well as all other contamination sites in the state caused by military activities. The Air Force began releasing its […]

Gov. proposes $300M to fix bridges, $290M for clean water

BY: - February 12, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said her recommended $67.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 is “laser-focused” on targeting the state’s most important priorities, as Michigan begins to strategically rebuild from a year of hardships due to COVID-19 and the recession it caused. Those priorities include a heavy focus on addressing the state’s infrastructure and […]

Line 5, PFAS, the Great Lakes and more: Our best environmental reporting

BY: - December 29, 2020

Quotable of the Year: “Today is a big day for our Great Lakes.” — Sean McBrearty, Michigan legislative and policy director of Clean Water Action, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced in November she was shutting down Line 5 It’s been a big year of news. To end 2020, the Advance is running a series of our best stories from some of […]

Whitmer signs water shutoff extension, more bills into law

BY: - December 23, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a slew of bills into law — including one to protect access to water service for Michiganders during COVID-19 — one day before the state Legislature officially meets for the last time during Lame Duck. All five Senate bills and two House bills were approved and signed by Whitmer […]

Republicans try to limit state COVID-19 response again

BY: - December 18, 2020

During one of the last voting days of the term, the Michigan Senate approved a resolution Thursday that attempted to limit the powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state agencies.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 36, introduced by state Sen. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), would allow for the Legislature to create a joint committee that could suspend […]

Senate Republicans slam DHHS emergency powers, join Dems on water shutoffs, criminal justice, unemployment votes

BY: - December 11, 2020

The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would limit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) emergency powers during the pandemic unless granted approval by the Legislature.  Senate Bill 1253, introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton), will likely be vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer if it passes through the House.  The bill […]

Progressives split on Duggan reelection bid, as he secures support from all 3 Dem 2018 gov. candidates 

BY: - December 11, 2020

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday formally announced he will seek reelection to lead Michigan’s largest city, but the news has received mixed reaction by some progressive Democrats.   “I’m not going anywhere,” Duggan said. “If you hire me for four more years, I will work every single day to continue to make sure every neighborhood […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Reframing Lame Duck and seizing the moment

BY: - December 4, 2020

Updated, 8:36 a.m. 12/4/20 As we continue to tick through the calendar of a most unusual year, this week marked the start of the Lame Duck legislative session. While Lame Duck is most known for hyper-partisanship and contentious and controversial legislation, it also is a very important time for good policies, because anything not passed […]

Tlaib urges CDC to order moratorium on water shutoffs

BY: - October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — A pair of Democrats on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform last week called on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a nationwide moratorium on drinking water shutoffs. The letter from U.S. Reps. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), who lead the panel’s environmental subcommittee, […]

Workers repairing lead pipes in Flint

Whitmer’s $500M water infrastructure plan funds PFAS cleanup, sewer upgrades

BY: - October 1, 2020

Updated with comment from Whitmer’s office, 3:41 p.m., 10/1/20 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday a landmark investment in Michigan’s notoriously underfunded water infrastructure, prompting praise from environmental groups who say the action is a much-needed step in the right direction. The $500 million investment, dubbed “MI Clean Water,” aims to improve Michigan’s water systems in […]