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. We have outlined a comprehensive approach to address this issue.Learn More
Keep Our Water Clean
We're educating legislators about the need for a strong statewide septic code to ensure public health. Help us by sending an email to your representative now.Contact Your State Rep
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.Learn More
Stop Toxic Algae Blooms
Algae blooms have plagued the state of Michigan for too long. Hold Governor Snyder and the state legislature accountable for protecting our waters by signing this petition.Sign the Petition
Growing up in a community like Rockford, Michigan, it’s easy to take a lot of things for granted. It felt safe and welcoming, and the idea that my family or neighbors could be drinking toxic water never crossed my mind. Then, one weekend while I was home from college, my Mom told me that I couldn’t drink from the tap, explaining why we had an unusually large amount of bottled water in the house.
Over the past few weeks, we have shared with you parts one and two of our plan to combat nuisance and toxic algae blooms. Today, we have the final installment which focuses on better practices for both crop and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
We saved the best (or worst) for last because, simply put, runoff from agricultural operations is the main contributor to the algae blooms occurring in Lake Erie and all around the Great Lakes Basin. The runoff from both CAFOs and crop operations feed nuisance and toxic algae blooms, and despite the state spending millions of dollars trying to address this problem, we’ve seen only marginal improvements over the past decade.
So far in our three-part plan to combat toxic algae blooms we have shared with you how healthy soil leads to clean water. In this installment, we share part two of our plan: a statewide septic code.