Working For A Healthy Environment

We work with almost 70 organizations to promote public policies that ensure Michigan families will enjoy clear waters, clean beaches, beautiful landscapes and healthy communities for years to come.

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21st Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

Join us September 26 at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit to honor advocates Rhonda Anderson & Lynn McIntosh, with special guest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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Sands of Time

Help us track how Lake Michigan's coastal dunes have changed over time by submitting historic photographs of the dunes!

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PFAS in Michigan: What we know and what we need

PFAS are a pervasive group of manufactured chemicals that have been found in Michigan's drinking water.

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Support Funding for Drinking Water

Michigan's drinking water problems are mounting in number and complexity. The threats are real, but there are some real solutions our lawmakers could enact now.

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Priorities

Our program priorities detail Michigan's opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Environmental News

Great Lakes leaders urge presidential candidates to address environmental issues facing the region

Today Great Lakes governors released a Great Lakes 2020 platform in advance of the Democratic presidential debates scheduled for July 30 and 31 in Detroit. The platform shows that Great Lakes restoration investments are demonstrating results, but serious threats to public health and water quality remain, including underfunded water infrastructure, invasive species, runoff pollution and PFAS contamination.

Leaders of Midwestern environmental councils -- representing hundreds of nonprofit environmental, health, and conservation groups -- urged candidates to outline how they would address these environmental issues facing the region, and issued the following statements.

Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda provides blueprint for sustainable, equitable city

Today the City of Detroit released their first sustainability strategy, the Sustainability Action Agenda (SAA), developed through City leadership and extensive community engagement to provide clear goals and outcomes for a sustainable city.  

Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) is proud to partner with the City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability in development of the Sustainability Action Agenda. MEC has worked diligently in Detroit for many years to create a clean, healthy and safe environment where people want to live, work and play, and has long advocated for an Office of Sustainability to advance sustainability goals in the city.

MEC applauds Michigan's legal and executive actions to shut down Line 5

Michigan Environmental Council President Conan Smith issued the following statement in response to today's legal steps by AG Nessel to decommission Line 5, and Gov. Whitmer's executive action directing the DNR to perform a comprehensive review of Enbridge's Easement compliance:

"Michigan Environmental Council supports the legal action taken by Attorney General Nessel against Enbridge to end the threat of Line 5 in the Great Lakes. We thank her for the clear filing of summary disposition on Enbridge’s lawsuit, and hope for swift resolution of that lawsuit.