MEC applauds infrastructure recommendations, urges leaders to follow through
The Michigan Environmental Council praised the recommendations put forth Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and urged policymakers to significantly increase investments to offset years of underfunding for safe drinking water, public transit, clean energy and other components of a healthy Michigan with a high quality of life.
"This report rightly identifies priority areas where greater investment is needed to make Michigan a safer, healthier and more prosperous state" said Chris Kolb, MEC president. "I'm glad to see that members of this commission recognize that sound infrastructure is the foundation not only of a vibrant economy, but also of a clean, healthy environment.
The report notes that years of gross underinvestment in infrastructure has resulted in billions of gallons of untreated sewage discharging into waterways, beach closings, dangerously outdated drinking water systems and other liabilities. It also shows that proper funding for infrastructure will create jobs, protect public health and promote healthy lakes and streams, among numerous other benefits.
"Making these investments won't be easy, but it's clearer than ever just how costly it can be to ignore our infrastructure" Kolb said. "Our elected officials must commit to meeting the goals outlined in this report. We look forward to working with the governor and state leaders to reach those goals and fulfill Michigan's potential as an outstanding place to live."
Michigan Environmental Council