When flash flooding broke two Midland area dams Tuesday, the hearts of Michigan Environmental Council’s staff were with the thousands of area residents who would have to leave their homes behind as high waters rushed into their communities.
The flood was the second of its size in 35 years, a result of the devastating effects of climate change and inadequate investment in resilient infrastructure. In Edenville Dam’s case, abnormally heavy rain ravaged a dam in need of repair.
A recent draft plan to make Lake Erie healthier and bluer could continue to leave it algae green. Michigan residents can join MEC and other advocates to help improve it.
In March, the state of Michigan released its Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan, later extending its public comment period to June 19. The plan seeks to reduce the lake’s levels of runoff phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and fertilizer spread on industrial farms. The nutrients sicken ecosystems, create aquatic dead zones and taint drinking water.
DTE Energy’s attempt to significantly raise electricity rates on its residential customers and run dirty, expensive power plants was blunted Friday.
April was the first month in history more renewable energy was used in the United States than coal. The Michigan Public Service Commission issued an order which continues that trend by rejecting unjustified fossil fuel spending and reducing the 9 percent rate increase DTE asked to impose on its residential customers. The Commission’s decision will affect customer bills starting June 2020.