Is the recent renaming of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality an attempt to shed the shame or baggage of the Flint Water Crisis? Does it signal a significant change of course from the previous administration? Here’s what the administrator of the newly named office of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy told Great Lakes Now.
The project, called Icebreaker Wind, would be the first off-shore, freshwater installation in the U.S. Though the initial proposal involves six turbines, critics have pointed out both that approving these could lead to many more and that many residents have no idea that this project is even in the works.
Recognizing Ralph Wilson’s love for water and what it can do to redefine urban places, the Foundation awarded $50 million each for West Riverfront Park in Detroit and LaSalle Park in Buffalo, both being renamed Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park.
For some Great Lakes governors, the emerging issue of a family of chemicals known as PFAS – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — is coming at a time when they are making arguments to raise taxes to fund other statewide needs.