water http://michiganradio.org en 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) Sewage spill halts Earth Day event near Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org/post/sewage-spill-halts-earth-day-event-near-kalamazoo <p><strong>From the Associated Press</strong>:</p><p>The <a href="http://www.swmlc.org/">Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy</a> has canceled an Earth Day program scheduled for Saturday after more than 600,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into wetlands near the event&#39;s Kalamazoo-area location.</p><p>Conservancy workers discovered the leak Thursday and a cleanup was under way Friday. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that vandals caused the spill by blocking a sewer line with several logs.</p><p>Sue Foune of Kalamazoo&#39;s Public Services Department says lime has been scattered to destroy bacteria. She says the wetlands will absorb and treat the sewage and there should be no long-term<br /> effects.</p><p>But conservancy stewardship director Nate Fuller says nutrients in the sewage will boost invasive cattails that the group has been trying to remove.</p><p>The vandalism was reported to police. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:54:26 +0000 Mark Brush 2189 at http://michiganradio.org Sewage spill halts Earth Day event near Kalamazoo Source of gasoline leak found http://michiganradio.org/post/source-gasoline-leak-found <p><strong><span style="font-weight: bold;">Update 2:03 p.m.</span></strong></p><p>Officials say the gasoline leak has been stopped. Still no word on how much fuel leaked from the storage tank.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Officials say they&#39;ve stopped a gasoline leak in Michigan and confirmed the source as a storage tank in the area.</p><p>Ingham County emergency officials said in a statement Monday that the tank and a related filling system in White Oak Township, about 55 miles west of Detroit, are owned by Marathon Pipe Line LLC.</p><p>A message seeking comment was left Monday by The Associated Press at Marathon&#39;s offices.</p><p>Wolverine Pipe Line Co., which also owns some tanks at the same storage site, has been working with the county on response to the leak since it was reported Wednesday.</p><p>The county says Marathon will take over work dealing with the leak from Wolverine. The amount of the spill remains unknown. There&#39;s no evidence of health hazards in the area.</p></blockquote><p><strong><span style="font-weight: bold;">9:07 a.m.</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Authorities say they&#39;ve found the source of the gasoline leak in </span>Ingham County.</p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">From the Associated Press:</span></p><blockquote><p>Michigan authorities say they&#39;ve traced a gasoline leak to the area of a storage tank holding 14,700 barrels of fuel. Ingham County Emergency officials said in a statement Sunday that they&#39;ve found higher levels of spilled gasoline as their monitoring equipment approaches the Wolverine Pipeline Co. facility.</p><p>The large gasoline storage tank site is in White Oak Township, about 55 miles west of Detroit.</p><p>Some of the gas flowed about a mile down an open drain by the time a farmer reported the leak Wednesday.</p><p>The county says the suspected source of the leak is a tank that can hold up to 180,000 barrels of fuel. It says that while the amount of the spill remains unknown, it&#39;s nowhere near the capacity of the tank, which was mostly empty when the leak started.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Kyle Norris <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/source-michigan-gasoline-leak-still-not-known">reported</a> yesterday that officials from the <a href="http://wolverinepipeline.com/">Wolverine Pipeline Company</a> were searching for the gasoline leak. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:03:31 +0000 Mark Brush 2106 at http://michiganradio.org Source of gasoline leak found $26.5 million goes to central Michigan city polluted by chemical company http://michiganradio.org/post/265-million-goes-central-michigan-city-polluted-chemical-company <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><p>Land and groundwater in the city of St. Louis, Michigan has been contaminated with chemicals from the Velsicol Chemical Company.</p><p>Now the city will get $26.5 million to help set up a new water supply&nbsp; system.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/R5Super/npl/michigan/MID000722439.htm">EPA</a>, Velsicol (formerly known as the Michigan Chemical Corporation) &quot;produced various chemical compounds and products at its fifty-four acre&nbsp;main plant site in St. Louis, Michigan, such as hexabromobenzene (HBB), 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethane (DDT), polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (tris).&quot;</p><p>The EPA says the company produced these chemicals from 1936 until 1978.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110401/NEWS06/110401017/1001/news">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>ST. LOUIS, Mich. &mdash; A federal judge has approved a $26.5 million settlement for a central Michigan community whose water supply was contaminated by a chemical company in the 1950s and 1960s.</p><p>U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington in Bay City signed an order approving the deal on Thursday.</p><p>The city of St. Louis, Mich., hopes the settlement with Rosemont, Ill.-based Velsicol Chemical Co. will help pay to replace the water system that serves the area, which is contaminated with a byproduct of the pesticide DDT.</p><p>The settlement of the 2007 lawsuit was approved this week by the City Council.</p><p>The city says money for the settlement includes $20.5 million from an insurance company for Velsicol and $6 million from a trust related to a former parent company.</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/R5Super/npl/michigan/MID000722439.htm">EPA</a> lists the threats and contaminants in the community:</p><blockquote><p>On-site groundwater is contaminated with DDT, chlorobenzene, carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene (TCE), and other chlorinated compounds. On site soil samples revealed contamination with PBBs, copper, chromium, zinc, and magnesium. The sediments of the Pine River were also contaminated with similar contaminants through direct discharges from the site; however, surface waters do not show any significant impacts. Potential risks exist for people who eat contaminated fish and wildlife in the vicinity of the site. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 14:50:24 +0000 Mark Brush 1883 at http://michiganradio.org $26.5 million goes to central Michigan city polluted by chemical company Detroit city council votes to increase top pay for city Water Department director http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-votes-increase-top-pay-city-water-department-director <p>The next director of <a href="http://www.dwsd.org/">Detroit&rsquo;s Water and Sewerage Department</a> might earn a quarter million dollars a year. The Detroit city council voted to increase the job&rsquo;s salary cap today&nbsp;by nearly&nbsp; $100 thousand. <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/CityCouncil/CouncilMemberSauntelJenkins/tabid/2525/Default.aspx">Councilwoman Sauntell Jenkins</a>&nbsp; says the pay hike is needed to attract the &lsquo;best and brightest&rsquo; candidates to fill the vacant position.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;So if we want to move forward and doing things right, we have to be willing to do what it takes to attract that talent.&nbsp; Because we&rsquo;re in competition with other municipalities.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/CityCouncilPresidentProTemporeJoAnnWatson/tabid/2518/Default.aspx">Councilwoman JoAnn Watson</a> voted against the salary cap increase.&nbsp;&nbsp; Watson says,&nbsp; since the council just approved a 9%&nbsp; water fee increase, now is not the time to approve a pay hike for the head of the water department.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s unconscionable to be paying the director of the water department a quarter of a million dollars when citizens can&rsquo;t afford to pay their basic water bills.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Detroit&#39;s mayor and the heads of three neighboring counties recently reached a <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-and-suburbs-reach-deal-water-and-sewage">deal </a>two revamp oversight of the department which serves the needs of 4 million people living in southeast Michigan. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:36:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 1833 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit city council votes to increase top pay for city Water Department director Report warns corrosive tar sands oil boosts risks of pipeline spills http://michiganradio.org/post/report-warns-corrosive-tar-sands-oil-boosts-risks-pipeline-spills <p><strong>Update 5:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>The NRDC responded to the ECRB statement saying they &quot;stand by the information provided in the report - which is well documented and reviewed.&quot; From the <a href="http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/response_to_alberta_government.html">NRDC statement</a>:</p><blockquote><p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 11pt; color: rgb(37, 35, 35);">The lack of transparency from the oil industry is part of the issue here. A clear accounting of the public health and safety issues associated with these products and the infrastructure associated with them is simply not available. The <a href="http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jmogerman/michigan_oil_spill_was_indeed.html" target="_blank">example of Enbridge&rsquo;s CEO denying tar sands</a> were involved with the Kalamazoo River disaster until pushed by reporters with undeniable evidence is one example of this lack of transparency.</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>Update 2:55 p.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.ercb.ca/portal/server.pt?">Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta, Canada</a>, &quot;an agency that regulates the province&#39;s energy resources,&quot; has issued a <a href="http://alberta.ca/home/NewsFrame.cfm?ReleaseID=/acn/201102/299182F92B605-03AC-2A81-01E45E5A89171F27.html">response</a> to the report.</p><p>They write that the report &quot;contains misleading statements on pipeline safety in Alberta and on the characteristics of diluted bitumen.&quot; From ERCB <a href="http://alberta.ca/home/NewsFrame.cfm?ReleaseID=/acn/201102/299182F92B605-03AC-2A81-01E45E5A89171F27.html">statement</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span class="Body">The report also states that <em>&ldquo;there are many indications that DilBit is significantly more corrosive to pipeline systems than conventional crude.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp; Analysis of pipeline failure statistics in Alberta has not identified any significant differences in failure frequency between pipelines handling conventional crude versus pipelines carrying crude bitumen, crude oil or synthetic crude oil.</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>1:27 p.m.</strong></p><p>This past summer, an oil pipeline in Michigan spilled more than 843,000 gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The spill is still being cleaned up by <a href="http://www.enbridgepartners.com/EEP/">Enbridge Energy Partners</a>, the company responsible for the spill.</p><p>Now, a new report <span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="color: black;">says the type of oil running through the pipeline could lead to more spills.</span></span> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:30:35 +0000 Mark Brush 1310 at http://michiganradio.org Report warns corrosive tar sands oil boosts risks of pipeline spills