The latest news compiled by HRWC staff includes a few positive developments on PFAS for a change, including an end to a deer consumption advisory and the advancement of state PFAS standards to the Governor’s desk. On top of that, read about Oakland County’s efforts to expand sustainable gardening and how to stop frog-bit from invading Michigan waters.

A white tail dear in a field at Lake Erie Metropark
Recent sampling from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources indicates that deer no longer contain PFAS. Photo credit: James Marvin Phelps, Flickr Creative Commons

Consumption guidelines not needed for deer harvested in the Norton Creek/Huron River area
Recent heart and muscle tissue from deer in Proud Lake Recreation Area along the Huron River in Oakland County indicate consumption guidelines for local deer are no longer needed. The consumption advisory was initially posted last year following the discovery of high levels of the PFAS chemical PFOS in one deer from Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township. Despite the end of the deer consumption advisory, the fish consumption advisory for the Huron River is still in effect under further notice.

Help prevent the spread of invasive European Frog-bit
The discovery of European frog-bit in two West Michigan inland waterways this summer marks the westernmost occurrences of the aquatic invader in North America. This article, written by Michigan State University Extension, provides tips for identifying, reporting, and stopping the spread of frog-bit in Michigan waters. Take a read to help us stop this invasive species!

Oakland County designated as Community Wildlife Habitat

Oakland County has received a Community Wildlife Habitat designation from the National Wildlife Federation, in recognition of a commitment to creating wildlife-friendly landscapes. To meet the designation requirements, the County certified dozens of properties and held workshops promoting sustainable gardening practices. Congratulations to Oakland County and its residents for their leadership in promoting natural areas that benefit our waterways.

Environment budget with $120 million for water cleanup earns widespread support in Michigan legislature
A new proposed state budget for the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), received near-unanimous bipartisan support in both state houses. The approved budget includes $120 million for water-related initiatives, including $40 million to address PFAS, $40 million for water utility loan forgiveness, and $37.5 million for lead and copper rule implementation and lead line replacement.

State moves ahead on standards for PFAS in drinking water
Following unanimous approval from the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team and review by Governor Whitmer, state regulators are moving forward with draft drinking water standards for seven PFAS compounds. If adopted, the rules would mandate compliance from nearly 2,700 public water systems across the state. EGLE anticipates finalization of the regulations as soon as April 2020.


  • Dexter moves quickly on Huron River access property
    The Dexter City Council is exploring the acquisition of a property at the corner of Mast Road and Huron River Drive. The site has strong potential to expand public access to the Huron River Water Trail in Dexter, increase safety, and ease traffic. HRWC is excited about the opportunity and is supporting area partners as they consider options for the property.