Michigan's plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie won't get the job done

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The state of Michigan's plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie shows good intentions but lacks teeth to make sure we will actually see any significant improvement in the water quality of the lake. On Thursday the Michigan Environmental Council and seven water protection groups submitted extensive comments on the draft Domestic Action Plan to the Department of Environmental Quality to improve Michigan's plan and ultimately, improve the health of Lake Erie. The public comment period ends today.
Read MoreJul 14, 2017
RELATED TOPICS: agriculture, water protection

How safe is our drinking water? Do you know how to find out?

Michigan Environmental Report
Drinking water issues arising out of Flint and around the state have spurred MEC to develop a drinking water toolkit for residents and community decision-makers. The toolkit will help community members learn more about our drinking water systems—from source waters such as lakes, streams, and groundwater, to treatment and distribution systems, and finally into our homes, including affordability and shutoff policies.
View ArticleJul 7, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: public health

2017 Environmental Programs Budget Analysis

Michigan Environmental Report
In June the Michigan legislature passed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. MEC and our partners at Michigan League of Conservation Voters commissioned a budget analysis of the combined impacts of proposed federal budget cuts outlined in President Trump’s budget and the state budget cuts being considered for environment protection programs and activities. We released our report during legislative budget negotiations, providing the first-ever analysis to review the impact of both state and federal budget decisions and how they will affect Michigan’s ability to protect our residents and environment. The combined impact of these cuts is enormous and, quite frankly, puts at risk our state’s ability to protect the Great Lakes, our water resources including drinking water, and the cleanup of contaminated sites across the state.
View ArticleJul 6, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC statement: State should immediately release Line 5 report draft

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The Michigan Environmental Council on Wednesday called for the immediate release of a draft report on the risk of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac -- set to be made public in just days -- that was scuttled when state officials terminated a contract with the firm preparing the report due to a conflict of interest.
Read MoreJun 21, 2017

Report: Michigan communities, water face twin assault from environmental budget cuts

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Michigan lawmakers are rushing to pass budgets that slash core environmental programs -- especially ones protecting our lakes and waterways -- without considering the dire impacts they will have when combined with likely cuts at the federal level, a new report from the Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan League of Conservation Voters warns.
Read MoreJun 8, 2017

Trump's climate mistake highlights need for local leadership

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The Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Climate Action Network issued the following statement Thursday in response to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Read MoreJun 1, 2017
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