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.