Scientists, environmental and economic groups gathered in Alma on Thursday to discuss rural water quality.

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The City of Clare advised  residents to take precautions with their drinking water. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy found high lead levels in the city’s drinking water. 

Michigan’s water has seen some serious challenges, from industry, agriculture, and maybe even your backyard. Experts say private septic systems are a significant source of surface water contamination.

We used a community conversation in Mount Pleasant to explore threats to Michigan’s water and ideas to help it recover,  everything from using science to songs. Below, you can listen to parts of that conversation, as well as hear from people in the community who are on the front lines of efforts to protect Michigan's waters.

Michigan's lakes and streams are in high demand, and users expect them to be refreshing and pristine. But what does the law say about who has access to water, and who is responsible for it?

WCMU Public Media conducted this community conversation on November 13, 2018, to hear thoughts residents in northeast Michigan have about our waterways. The event was recorded live at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in Alpena, and served as the basis for a WCMU Public Radio special that aired on June 12, 2019.