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Planet Detroit

Planet Detroit helps you get smarter about the environment in Detroit and Michigan. Planet Detroit’s stories and weekly newsletter focus on explanatory, solutions-based and investigative reporting, and a deep commitment to community engagement around local environmental issues. Planet Detroit’s mission is to raise awareness about Metro Detroit’s environmental and public health issues, hold powerful entities accountable and help our audience connect with their local environment and take action to protect the health of their communities.

Six years after Detroit environmental activist Charity Hicks passed away, a strong network of Black environmental activists remains in Detroit, dedicated to tackling environmental injustice.
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hands washed by dripping water
Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declined to declare an emergency around Detroit’s water shutoffs, which affected 23,500 customers last year, citing “insufficient data” proving the shutoffs posed a public health risk.
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plants sprouting in a garden
As COVID-19 forces people to stay home and perhaps look for productive ways to use their time, interest in gardening has grown alongside other pandemic homesteading staples like baking bread and raising chickens.
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Photo courtesy Keep Growing Detroit
Detroit's farm and garden community have had to adapt to new realities — including helping their workers and customers stay safe and adjusting to an expected increased need for fresh food.
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kids in water at belle isle
During the pandemic, Detroiters need parks more than ever. Increasingly, green space is being recognized as a key asset for wellness.
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rouge river
When the Friends of the Rouge formed back in 1986, the Rouge River was in desperate straits. But hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding for water infrastructure projects during the 1990s and early 2000s helped improve the waterway into a place where people can now paddle and enjoy nature along the 126-mile river. FOTR has helped bring people into that process, logging hundreds of hours of volunteer labor every year doing citizen science, cleanups, and outdoor education. The organization had doubled its staff and programming in the past 3 years and was getting ready to hire a new staff person and increase
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DTE and Consumers Energy filed reports this week detailing the number of households currently without service and efforts to restore them. The reports are now required biweekly through June under an order issued April 15 issued by the Michigan Public Service Commission.  According to reports filed by DTE Energy and Consumers Energy on April 30, both utilities have outlined strategies to reconnect customers. As of April 29, Consumers reports it reconnected 214 customers and reported 938 electric customers remaining without electricity due to nonpayment in its service area. DTE reported it has reconnected 66,455 electric customers as of April 28, with 2,554 customers remaining without electricity
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wide variety of fruits and vegetables displayed on market stand
Before COVID-19, Americans were throwing away about a pound of edible food per day per person. But now we’re home. All the time. And this new normal can lead to even more food waste if we’re not careful
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The shelter in place order, however, is resulting in improved air quality across the country as people drive less and some factories slow or stop production.
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Belle Isle flooded
The project, originally designed to create natural habitat on the island's eastern end, also opened a path for the historically high Detroit River to flood the interior of the island.
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grayling
Old fishing tales passed down through generations eulogize a fish sought after for its magnificent beauty, delicious meat, and ravenous hunger.
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detroit
Earlier today, the City of Detroit announced it would begin restoring water to affected homes in preparation for a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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