From Michigan EGLE: Governor Whitmer Takes Action to Shut Down the Line 5 Dual Pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac After a Reasonable Transition Period to Protect the State's Energy Needs
PI David Schwab in the Detroit News: "This action is based on sound scientific evidence that the continued operation of the pipelines poses an unacceptable level of risk to the health and safety of residents of Michigan."
Neighborhood, Environment, and Water Research Collaborations for Green Infrastructure (NEW-GI) developed and assessed green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) innovations that more fully serve residents of legacy cities. The project envisioned and tested GSI designs for vacant residential property in Detroit, MI. This project impact report outlines the key findings and products that emerged from the project and uses quotes to demonstrate some of the impacts the work is having for stormwater practice and policy.
To learn more about the project visit: www.myumi.ch/
This collaborative research project characterized the phosphorus sources and evaluated management options for the St. Clair-Detroit River watershed to inform actions under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The team developed four computer models to simulate the dynamics of this complex, binational watershed. A diverse project advisory group provided critical feedback on the policy context, planned research approach, and resulting products, and advisory group members have helped share project findings with their networks. This project impact report outlines the key findings and products that emerged from the project and uses quotes from the advisory group to demonstrate some of the impacts the work is having for practice and policy.
This report summarizes the group discussions and priorities that emerged from a workshop hosted by the University of Michigan Water Center and the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute with guidance from U.S. and Canadian representatives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 4 Committee. The workshop was held in Windsor, Ontario in December 2019. Its purpose was to explore recent findings about phosphorus loadings from Lake Huron to the St. Clair River and identify next steps for priority research areas.
To learn more about the project and other related products, visit the project webpage.
This fact sheet debunks common myths about PFAS in solar panels. The fact sheet addresses the origins of rumors around PFAS in solar panels and explains the safer, effective alternatives that have already been developed and commercialized.
Any community considering a ban on natural gas hookups should know that current Michigan law will make it difficult to enact. A better option for Michigan communities interested in transitioning away from natural gas would be to encourage the state legislature to amend the construction code.
This case study of Casnovia Township, a farming community in West Michigan, presents the realities of forming and adapting wind regulations. As the study shows, developing wind regulations is an iterative process, and the first attempt will likely not be the last or the best attempt.
This case study of Huron County shows that community sentiment about renewable energy development can change over time. Once broadly supported as a land use compatible with the county’s agricultural goals, wind development has become an increasingly divisive topic among residents.
In the Seventh Annual Report, Collaborative Leadership for Sustainability, made possible by The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan (U-M) engaged 11 of U-M's 19 schools and colleges this past year.
Managing the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) is a great societal challenge. A wide variety of terms have been used to describe the management of invasive alien species and the sequence in which they might be applied. This variety and lack of consistency creates uncertainty in the presentation and description of management in policy, science and practice. The existing description of the invasion process to develop an IAS management framework was expanded. This paper defines the different forms of active management using a novel approach based on changes in species status, avoiding the need for stand-alone descriptions of management types, and provide a complete set of potential management activities.