Clean Water

Surrounded by the world’s greatest freshwater treasure, you can bet that protecting the Great Lakes and Michigan’s inland waters will always be at the heart of MEC’s mission.

Stories about aging oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, the poisoning of Flint’s water supply and the rise of harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie paint a picture of a state that takes its greatest natural treasure -- fresh water -- for granted.

Our state’s policies don’t give our fresh water the respect it deserves.  From source to tap, MEC and our partners are leading the charge in protecting our waterways and drinking water from industrial and agricultural pollution, as well as oil spills -- for our benefit and that of future generations, but also for the protection of wildlife and to sustain Michigan’s reputation as a premier outdoor recreation destination.

2017-18 Legislative Priorities:

  • Identify a new source of funds for water quality monitoring, protection and remediation to replace current environmental bond funding, which will be mostly exhausted by 2017.
  • Prevent nutrient loading from failing septic systems by adopting a statewide septic code and requiring septic-system testing when homes are sold.
  • Preserve and restore floodplain and wetland features that allow heavy rains to replenish aquifers, rather than discharging nutrients into waterways. Ensure that wetland mitigation banking regulations prioritize protection for existing public and private wetlands.

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An aging oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac threatens our Great Lakes with a devastating oil spill.

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Toxic Algae Blooms

Agricultural runoff and rising temperatures are fueling an overgrowth of algae that threatens aquatic life and local drinking water supplies.

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Protecting the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are at the heart of Michigan’s heritage, culture and way of life. It’s our responsibility to shape policies that protect them for future generations to enjoy.

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Drinking Water

People across Michigan are wondering: Is my water safe to drink? Whom can I trust for honest answers about my tap water? Why do my water bills keep going up?

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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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