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Environment & Climate Change
It's almost too obvious to say 2017 was a busy year in journalism. From the Women's March to rapidly changing immigration policies to environmental controversies, it felt like major news was breaking every day. To help sort through the chaos, Michigan Radio rounded up our most important stories from throughout the year.

Year in Review: The most important environment stories from 2017

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Rebecca Williams
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Michigan Radio
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provides money for habitat restoration, keeping invasive species out of the Great Lakes, and cleaning up polluted areas.

Since Michigan is the Great Lakes State, it's no surprise that environmental reporting continues to be relevant year after year, and 2017 was no different.

Here are some of the biggest environmental stories from the year:

Ripple effects of the Flint water crisis

After seeing the consequences of the Flint water crisis, many Michigan cities began taking steps to rid themselves of lead pipes. But are they doing enough?

The Great Lakes

From the Line 5 controversy to continued fears of water contamination, the Great Lakes continue to be a major focus for environmental reporting.

Animals and invasive species

Michigan faces a growing number of invasive species, as well as endangerment and serious diseases.