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In a sea of flooding, ever-growing oases rise

Friends of the Rouge protect their namesake river and its nearby residents from bad waters in this member group feature

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Under the eyes of polluters, a farmer takes her stand

Pam Taylor, of Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan, holds factory farms accountable in this member group feature

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The Ecology Center turns a local scare into statewide change

When lead was found in Ann Arbor schools' pipes, leaders took action—and then looked beyond—in this member group feature

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Celebrating Black environmental advocates, then and now

As we celebrate Black History Month this February, the contributions and leadership of Black activists in Michigan’s environmental movement cannot be understated. Communities of color have disproportionately experienced the worst impacts of fossil fuel pollution, environmental contamination, and climate change.

Budget investments show averting climate, water crises a continued priority

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out her proposed state budget, with billions of dollars in investments for climate resiliency, clean water, land and wildlife protection, and more.

Among the largest environmental investments are $1.65 billion for climate and clean energy, $1.12 billion for clean water, $340.11 million for health and justice, and $120.63 million for land and wildlife protection.

Charlotte Jameson, chief policy officer for the Michigan Environmental Council, issues the following statement in response.

The Ecology Center turns a local scare into statewide change

Children and school staff walk down a path alongside an Ann Arbor elementary. (Credit: Midstory)

This story is part of the Michigan Environmental Council's 2022 member magazine, "ECOsystems: Working Wonders With Water." You can read the magazine in full here.

The Ecology Center
knows lead poisoning well. For 50 years, the Environmental Council member group has connected the dots between our health and our environment by eliminating dangerous substances that infiltrate our daily lives.  

But the work became worryingly personal for Rebecca Meuninck, its deputy director, when lead was found in the drinking water of Ann Arbor School District. Her son went there.