PFAS news continues to capture our attention, especially following a slow-down in the process of developing the state drinking water standards and the confirmation of suspected sources in the Huron. Learn also about efforts in Ann Arbor to restore a Huron River tributary and a new study illustrating climate vulnerability across the state.

climate vulnerability map
New research from the University of Michigan demonstrates which areas of the state are most vulnerable to climate change. Image Source: University of Michigan | The Mi-Environmental Project

State moves forward on draft rules to regulate PFAS in drinking water
Draft drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals have been approved by the Environmental Rules Review Committee (ERRC), a suite of business and industry representatives who oversee state environmental rulemaking. Following the vote by ERRC, the draft standards will now go to the public for comment likely starting in early 2020.

$1.2M project would daylight historic creek at Ann Arbor golf course
A restoration project through the Huron Hills Golf Course in Ann Arbor plans to address flooding and water-quality issues for a creek flowing directly to the Huron River. The project, funded through the city’s stormwater utility, will unearth a the piped creek and widen it in the downstream section to reduce erosion and sediment runoff.

PFAS confirmed at former Chrysler facility along Huron River
Recent testing confirms the suspected presence of PFAS chemicals in groundwater at a former Chrysler manufacturer site near the Huron River in Scio Township. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is advancing additional monitoring and remediation actions given the level of PFAS exceeds the state-allowed surface water threshold of 11 parts per trillion.

U-M researchers create map that highlights areas in Michigan vulnerable to climate change
Newly published research by the University of Michigan illustrates the degree to which climate change impacts communities here in Michigan. The project team produced an interactive online tool, which utilizes data concerning tree canopy, permeable surface, temperature projections, and locations of vulnerable populations.

Thirsty future ahead as climate change explodes plant growth
As carbon dioxide levels rise and temperature rise with climate change, plants are expected to grow bigger, putting increased strain on water resources. Despite this anticipated greener future, the boom in vegetation will likely reduce water availability for human populations.