Lack of oversight allows leaky septic systems to befoul Michigan waters

Out of sight and often neglected, Michigan’s more than 1 million septic systems are an overlooked health and environmental risk for the state’s groundwater, rivers and lakes and the people who use them. Modern and well-maintained systems adequately cleanse household sewage. But potentially hundreds of thousands of leaky, broken or outdated units are injecting nitrogen, […]

Michigan groundwater emergency threatens fish, drinking water, way of life

OSCODA –  Verdant on a late summer evening, Clark’s Marsh, an old bend in the Au Sable River, is a fine spot for a walk, and the river is a fine spot to hook a trout. That natural beauty drew Arnie Leriche to this place. When Leriche retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he […]

Experts warn Michigan water worries could become new normal

As various areas of Michigan deal with issues chemicals like dioxin, PFAs, and even lead in drinking water supplies, some are warning that more parts of West Michigan might begin to test positive for potentially toxic chemicals as testing technology and other factors evolve. Michael Pinto, an environmental scientist, said the improvements made to testing […]

Michigan Do Your Part and Get SepticSmart!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- in conjunction with federal, state and local governments, and private sector partners- will kick off its sixth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems Michigan has a vision to protect and promote the wise use of its globally unique water […]

Don’t Flush That!

Don’t flush that! Baby wipes and other products cause backups Putting anything in your toilet that does not break down quickly can cause plumbing and septic backups and result in costly repairs. Posted on January 31, 2018 by Beth Clawson, Michigan State University Extension It is no secret that tossing foreign objects into your toilet […]

Imagine a Day Without Water

Most Americans take water for granted. They turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. They flush the toilet, and dirty water goes away. Most Americans hardly think twice about the infrastructure that brings water to their homes, and safely returns water to our environment – but they should. The reality is, our water […]