Since Michigan is the Great Lakes State, it's no surprise that environmental reporting continues to be relevant year after year, and 2017 was no different.
Here are some of the biggest environmental stories from the year:
Ripple effects of the Flint water crisis
After seeing the consequences of the Flint water crisis, many Michigan cities began taking steps to rid themselves of lead pipes. But are they doing enough?
- Risky, common lead pipe replacement practice gets a second look in Michigan
- Because of Flint, Battle Creek now tests water at homes with lead pipes
The Great Lakes
From the Line 5 controversy to continued fears of water contamination, the Great Lakes continue to be a major focus for environmental reporting.
- State reaches safety agreement with Enbridge over Line 5
- Pipeline safety expert: Latest Line 5 controversy about lack of trust, transparency
- As Great Lakes leaders meet, some in Toledo still don’t trust their tap water
- Lakes Michigan, Huron are now clearer than Superior
- Michigan's toxic 1973 PBB food contamination associated with more health effects
- Northern Michigan community tries to stay ahead of massive contaminated plume
Animals and invasive species
Michigan faces a growing number of invasive species, as well as endangerment and serious diseases.