water http://michiganradio.org en What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic http://michiganradio.org/post/what-researchers-are-finding-out-about-low-level-exposure-arsenic <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This week, the Environment Report is taking a look at </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/michigans-silent-poison" style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan’s silent poison</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> — arsenic.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Federal standards allow public drinking water supplies to have arsenic levels of up to 10 parts per billion (ppb), but these standards do not apply to private well owners (that's left up to the well owner to determine).</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">And in counties throughout Michigan, some wells have much higher levels of arsenic than this "maximum contaminant level" set by the EPA.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Higher levels of arsenic in drinking water have been linked to skin cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer, among others.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But are lower levels of arsenic a threat to human health?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:16:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18245 at http://michiganradio.org What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic These places in Michigan are still working on getting arsenic out of their drinking water http://michiganradio.org/post/these-places-michigan-are-still-working-getting-arsenic-out-their-drinking-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s no way to tell if arsenic is in your water without testing it. Arsenic has no taste and no smell.</span></p><p>Certain parts of Michigan have higher than average levels of arsenic in groundwater. That’s especially true in the Thumb region and a few other counties in southeast Michigan. And that can be a problem if you’re on a private well.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18173 at http://michiganradio.org These places in Michigan are still working on getting arsenic out of their drinking water Politics, profits delay action on arsenic in drinking water http://michiganradio.org/post/politics-profits-delay-action-arsenic-drinking-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arsenic is nearly synonymous with poison. But most people don't realize that they consume small amounts of it in the food they eat and the water they drink.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent research suggests even small levels of arsenic may be harmful. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been prepared to say since 2008 that arsenic is 17 times more toxic as a carcinogen than the agency now reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Women are especially vulnerable.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">EPA scientists have concluded that if 100,000 women consumed the legal limit of arsenic each day, 730 of them eventually would get lung or bladder cancer.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The EPA, however, hasn’t been able to make its findings official, an action that could trigger stricter drinking water standards. The roadblock: a single paragraph inserted into a committee report by a member of Congress, an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 David Heath 18220 at http://michiganradio.org Politics, profits delay action on arsenic in drinking water There's arsenic in Michigan's well water, but not a lot of people are talking about it http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-arsenic-michigans-well-water-not-lot-people-are-talking-about-it <p>Parts of southeast Michigan – especially in the Thumb – have higher than average levels of arsenic in the groundwater.</p><p>Arsenic can cause cancer. It’s been linked to bladder, lung and kidney cancer, and other serious health effects.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e14e77a3-d979-2790-28f6-af073b4e125b">If you’re on city water, there’s a federal regulation that limits the amount of arsenic in it, but if you’re on a private well, it’s up to you to find out whether there’s too much arsenic in your water.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18169 at http://michiganradio.org There's arsenic in Michigan's well water, but not a lot of people are talking about it Interview: High levels of arsenic could be in your well water http://michiganradio.org/post/interview-high-levels-arsenic-could-be-your-well-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arsenic is a deadly poison, and there are people in Michigan getting arsenic at levels high above federal standards every time they drink the water coming from their taps.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Radio's "The Environment Report" is presenting a five-part series this week called "Michigan's Silent Poison," in partnership with The Center for Public Integrity and the public radio show&nbsp;"Reveal."</span></p><p>The Environment Report’s Rebecca Williams spoke on Stateside today, along with David Heath from the Center for Public Integrity.</p><p>“No organ system goes untouched by arsenic,” Williams said.</p><p>Extremely high doses of arsenic can kill you. Smaller doses have been linked to lung, bladder, skin, prostate, and liver cancers. You can also get arsenic poisoning with symptoms such as nausea, headaches, gastrointestinal pains, vomiting, and diarrhea.</p><p>Arsenic can be found in rice, apple juice, beer and wine, and drinking water. The levels are exceptionally high in private wells at people's homes, mostly in the thumb region of Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:16:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 18204 at http://michiganradio.org Interview: High levels of arsenic could be in your well water Flint is giving its poorer residents a break on their water bills http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-giving-its-poorer-residents-break-their-water-bills <p>The city of Flint is reducing the water bills for its poorest residents.</p><p></p><p>Beginning July 1<sup>st</sup>, city homeowners who already qualify for Flint’s poverty exemption for property taxes will get a $53 break on their monthly water bills.&nbsp; According to the city of Flint:</p> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:04:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12130 at http://michiganradio.org Flint is giving its poorer residents a break on their water bills In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-68 <p><strong>Lower</strong><strong> lake levels-- the good and bad news</strong></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:23:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9006 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Water Hill 2012: Creating a new spring music tradition in Ann Arbor (Video) http://michiganradio.org/post/water-hill-2012-creating-new-spring-music-tradition-ann-arbor-video <p>This past Sunday marked the second successful <a href="http://waterhill.org/">Water Hill Music Festival</a>.</p><p>Named after the west-side Ann Arbor neighborhood that hosts it, the festival features local musicians playing on porches while visitors wander and listen.</p><p>While some acts were invited by friends who lent their stoops for the afternoon, many live in the neighborhood and simply took the opportunity to show off their musical talents to the community.</p><p>Take a look at the video below to hear from a few of the bands and see the crowds of kids, parents and dogs enjoying music and sunshine.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEKL-D6rG_A&amp;list=UUiO61Z2BTd18ovzJ4syJJpQ&amp;index=1&amp;feature=plcp Tue, 08 May 2012 22:02:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7391 at http://michiganradio.org Water Hill 2012: Creating a new spring music tradition in Ann Arbor (Video) Massive Lake Huron water pipeline moving forward http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-lake-huron-water-pipeline-moving-forward <p>There&#39;s a plan for the third biggest Great Lake, Huron, to be tapped by a 72 to 78 inch pipeline.</p><p>The Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) is planning to start construction on a pipeline that will carry Lake Huron water to areas around the I-69 corridor of Michigan&#39;s Thumb area.</p><p>(Karengnondi is a old <a href="http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/05/genesee_oakland_counties_adopt.html">Petan Indian word</a> meaning &quot;lake.&quot;)</p><p>The KWA is made up of officials from Flint, Lapeer, Genesee County, Lapeer County, and Sanilac County.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/03/genesee_county_starts_on_desig.html">Flint Journal</a> reports that Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright said the county has started designing the &quot;massive intake to draw water from Lake Huron,&quot; and that ground should be broken on the new water pipeline project by fall.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are starting the design of the intake,&quot; which will allow for construction on that piece of the $600 million pipeline project, Wright said.<br /><br />The drain commissioner said the intake itself, which is expected to cost about $30 million, will take longer to finish than any other part of the project, and &quot;the design requirements are the same whether any community drops out (of the project) or not.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The City of Flint, initially a partner in the project, might be forced to step aside because of its financial situation.</p><p>On it&#39;s <a href="http://www.karegnondi.com/pages/About-Us">website</a>, the KWA says the pipeline is being built to &quot;avoid increased water rates from the City of Detroit, which could increase by up to 15% per year.&quot; Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:45:33 +0000 Mark Brush 6762 at http://michiganradio.org Massive Lake Huron water pipeline moving forward MSU Study: Minorities pay more for water in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-minorities-pay-more-water-michigan <p><a href="http://news.msu.edu/story/10062">A new study</a> indicates racial minorities pay more for water and sewer service than whites in Michigan.</p><p>Michigan State University researchers looked at what people across the state paid for water and sewer service in 2000. Basic economic theory predicts that rural residents would pay the most for such services.</p><p>But the researchers found precisely the opposite to be true. Their results show that people in urban centers&mdash;with large minority populations&mdash;paid the most.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:20:48 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5178 at http://michiganradio.org MSU Study: Minorities pay more for water in Michigan Macomb County officials avert drinking water monitoring system shutdown – for now http://michiganradio.org/post/macomb-county-officials-avert-drinking-water-monitoring-system-shutdown-%E2%80%93-now <p>It looks like a system that monitors drinking water for at least three million people in southeast Michigan will stay online for another year.</p><p>The monitoring system gives early alerts if chemical spills are detected&mdash;so it keeps contaminants out of the drinking water system.</p><p>The system was in danger of shutting down when federal and state dollars ran out. But officials from Macomb and St. Clair counties have each come up with enough money to keep the system going for another year.</p><p>But policymakers are still searching for a long-term solution.</p><p>Macomb County Commission Chair Kathy Vosburg says a long-term fix will likely mean a small consumer fee.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Consumers are very willing to pay for that, it comes out to be something like 50 cents to a dollar per household per year.&rdquo;</em></p><p>But implementing that would take cooperation from the many different cities that send out water bills--and the city of Detroit, which owns and operates the whole drinking water system.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:08:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4650 at http://michiganradio.org The future of southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/future-southeast-michigans-drinking-water-part-2 <p>Detroit&rsquo;s water department has been under federal oversight for almost 35 years. Recently, the city tried to get that oversight lifted. But the federal judge who monitors the department shot that effort down, and he ordered stakeholders to find a way to fix the system&rsquo;s decades-long problems--within two months. Some people wonder about that short timeline&mdash;and whether some of the Judge&rsquo;s suggestions hint at a possible takeover.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:09:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4227 at http://michiganradio.org The future of southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 2) The future of Southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/future-southeast-michigans-drinking-water-part-1 <p>If you live in southeast Michigan, chances are you get your water through Detroit&rsquo;s municipal water system.</p><p>Detroit owns and operates the system that serves more than three million people. That&rsquo;s long been a major source of tension between the city and suburban communities.</p><p>Some recent events have pushed questions about system&rsquo;s long-term future into sharper focus. And it&rsquo;s shaping up to be a battle.</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:35:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4163 at http://michiganradio.org The future of Southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 1) Water monitoring system in jeopardy http://michiganradio.org/post/water-monitoring-system-jeopardy <p>A system that monitors the quality of drinking water for&nbsp;3 million people in southeast Michigan is in danger of being shut down for lack of money.</p><p>Monitoring stations are located in Lake Saint Clair, and the Detroit and Saint Clair rivers. Macomb County interim deputy health officer Gary White says federal and state grants, along with local money, have kept the system running since 2007:</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:17:34 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3945 at http://michiganradio.org Water monitoring system in jeopardy Michigan State leading multistate freshwater study http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-leading-multistate-freshwater-study <p>A Michigan State University scientist is leading a team of researchers to study how lakes, streams and wetlands are connected to their surroundings.</p><p>Associate professor of fisheries and wildlife Patricia Soranno is using a $2.2 million <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/">National Science Foundation</a> grant to examine land use and climate change&#39;s effect on freshwater ecosystems.</p> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:55:06 +0000 Kyle Norris 3747 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State leading multistate freshwater study Growing the region's clean economy http://michiganradio.org/post/growing-regions-clean-economy <p>The clean economy is touted as a future economic driver of the region. But a new report shows that while Ohio and Illinois have added jobs to the clean economy, Michigan is the only state to have lost them. Changing Gears visited one scientist in Plymouth, Mich., who&rsquo;s trying to nudge that number back up. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:28:01 +0000 Kate Davidson 3408 at http://michiganradio.org Growing the region's clean economy Current beach closures and advisories around Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/current-beach-closures-and-advisories-around-michigan <p>When bacteria levels get high, county health departments close the beaches. The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110719/NEWS04/110719030/1001/news">latest news of a beach closure</a> is on Lake St. Clair:</p><div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><blockquote><p>A week after the Macomb County Health Department gave the all-clear message to swimmers at Memorial Park Beach in St. Clair Shores, the beach has again been deemed unsafe for swimming.</p><p>The department issued a no-swimming advisory today for the beach because of high E. coli levels</p><p>Blossom Heath in St. Clair Shores remains under the no-swimming advisory because of its E. coli levels, as it has been since May 26.</p></blockquote><p>County health departments issue the warnings and closures, and the state keeps track of them.</p><p>The Michigan <a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/beach/Default.aspx">BeachGuard</a> System has a map with red flags marking closures and advisories.</p><p>Currently, there are 15 advisories or closures at public beaches around the state - that&#39;s 15 out of 1,211 public beaches. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:39:35 +0000 Mark Brush 3381 at http://michiganradio.org Current beach closures and advisories around Michigan Free water park an oasis for Grand Rapids neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/free-water-park-oasis-grand-rapids-neighborhood <p>The two acre park is a step towards <a href="http://www.grand-rapids.mi.us/download_upload/binary_object_cache/planning_Green_Grand_Rapids_Report_LowRez.pdf">the city&rsquo;s goal </a>to have every Grand Rapids resident live within &frac14; mile of some kind of greenspace. That goal has been difficult to achieve since nearly all of the city&rsquo;s land has already been developed. Plus, city government <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/transforming-city-government-grand-rapids">has been cutting down on spending </a>for years.</p><p>13-year old Ashley Jones remembers the old vacant lot where the park is now. She refered to it as a &lsquo;hot mess&rsquo; before the renovations.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It looked crazy. It had the prickles when you walked it would stick on your shoes. There was no shade or nothing. And it was kind of boring.&rdquo; Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:19:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3086 at http://michiganradio.org Free water park an oasis for Grand Rapids neighborhood Clarence Clemons, The Big Man In The E Street Band, Has Died http://michiganradio.org/post/clarence-clemons-big-man-e-street-band-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMB3M43AEpc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5buOHjOGiI</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:21:38 +0000 Marc Hirsh 2951 at http://michiganradio.org Clarence Clemons, The Big Man In The E Street Band, Has Died A unique music festival in Ann Arbor (video) http://michiganradio.org/post/unique-music-festival-ann-arbor-video <p><em>&quot;&quot;It must be something in the water.&quot;</em> - Paul Tinkerhess.</p><p>Last Sunday, I walked around a neighborhood in Ann Arbor&#39;s west side and witnessed a new music phenomenon - the <a href="http://waterhill.org/">Water Hill Music Festival</a> - where neighbors played music from their front porches, backyards, and garages.</p><p>The idea for the festival came from Paul Tinkerhess, a local business owner and musician.</p><p>Tinkerhess described the concept in <a href="http://groundcovernews.com/top_news.htm#more_one">Groundcover News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The concept is simple,&quot; Tinkerhess said. &quot;On the afternoon of Sunday, May 1st, everyone in the neighborhood who either is a musician or wants to pretend to be a musician is encouraged to step out onto their front porch and play music. That&#39;s it. Or half of it. The other half is that we are inviting all the other neighbors, and the rest of the world, to wander through the neighborhood that afternoon and enjoy something like a music festival with a lot of stages.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The neighborhood in Ann Arbor&#39;s west side, dubbed &quot;Water Hill&quot; by Tinkerhess, if filled with musical talent.</p><p>I caught a small fraction of the festival, and made this video:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBNlK0Nfe_0</p><p>One festival attendee, Patti Smith, said the event was &quot;<a href="http://waterhill.org/post/5149512003/water-hill-music-fest-was-ann-arbor-covered-in-awesome"><em>Ann Arbor covered in awesome sauce.&quot;</em></a></p><p> Fri, 06 May 2011 16:00:03 +0000 Mark Brush 2372 at http://michiganradio.org A unique music festival in Ann Arbor (video)