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New "commander" of MDEQ's beleaguered drinking water division hopes to boost morale

There's a new guy running the drinking water division at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Eric Oswald served 12 years of active duty in the Air Force. He spent the last five years as a commander at the Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek. Oswald is not a drinking water expert.

New "commander" of MDEQ's beleaguered drinking water division hopes to boost morale

Why lawsuits over climate change are on the rise

The number of state and federal lawsuits related to climate change has been on the rise since 2006. Sabrina McCormick is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at The George Washington University Miliken Institute School of Public Health. She's the lead author of a study in the journal Science that finds the role of climate science in court is changing.

Antidepressants are building up in fish brains in the Great Lakes region

Antidepressants that people take are building up in the brains of fish like walleye, bass, and perch. Researchers studied fish from the Niagara River, which connects lakes Erie and Ontario.

Antidepressants are building up in fish brains in the Great Lakes region

Solving a sugar maple mystery

Earthworms seem pretty harmless. But they're causing problems for Michigan's multi-million dollar sugar maple industry. That's the finding of a study by Tara Bal, a research assistant professor of forest resources and environmental science at Michigan Technological University.

Detroit's Whitney Mansion is going green

The 123-year old Whitney Mansion wastes a lot of electricity. But now the Detroit icon is going green. Let's just hope the ghost living there is okay with it.

Bloody red shrimp: invasive species or tasty snack?

Around the Great Lakes, millions of dollars are spent to fight invasive species like Asian carp. But when scientists find a new animal or plant in the area, it's not always clear if it's harmful or helpful.

Northern Michigan fishermen wrestle over catching carp

Common carp have been in Michigan since the late 1800s. They're not considered an invasive species because they've been around so long. Many people consider them to be a "trash fish," but flyfishing for carp is very popular in northern Michigan.

Why we could have more toxic blooms in our warming world

There's a green bloom of cyanobacteria on Lake Erie again. People who run water utilities and scientists are watching the bloom because the cyanobacteria can produce toxins called microcystins that are dangerous for people and pets. It's what made Toledo's drinking water unsafe to drink in 2014. Chris Winslow directs Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory. He says the bloom's covering about 10% of the western basin.

Building a better Lyme disease test?

Experts tell us it's important to treat Lyme disease early, and state officials say Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Michigan. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it can sometimes be confused with a similar condition that's also transmitted by ticks, called Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness, or STARI. A research team has found a way to help tell these conditions apart early.

We still don't know if the Flint water crisis caused miscarriages

One of the toughest things about being a parent in Flint right now is the uncertainty. If your kid gets diagnosed with ADHD, or struggles in school, there's a part of you that wonders: is it because of the lead exposure? The same goes for women who lost a pregnancy. Two studies have been looking at miscarriages in Flint for more than a year now. But miscarriages are really hard to track. So even now, we still don't have good answers for those moms.

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