Michigan Environmental Report

News from Michigan Environmental Council on public policies affecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

Heartbreaking flooding shows need for infrastructure investments that slow climate change

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.

Plan for Lake Erie needs more punch to knock back algal blooms

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 rate case decision blunts health, financial burdens on customers

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. 

Report: Electricity, gas protections during COVID-19 pandemic

This Michigan Environmental Council analysis outlines all Michigan utilities' commitments to shut-off moratoriums, reconnecting services and financial protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Download the report

Earth Day 2020 activities from our member groups

April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While the COVID-19 pandemic means no one is holding large, in-person parties, it is not stopping member groups from hosting virtual and at-home events that serve as extensions of their missions and celebrations of Earth Day’s mission of environmental protection. Below are some great events and activities our member organizations are hosting. We hope you will join in the celebration!

A COVID-19 cover-all: MEC board member, Carhartt executive shares his company’s work to protect public health

Michigan Environmental Council’s board of directors is composed of 17 members who are committed to Michigan’s environment and whose experiences and perspectives make them champions of it. At-large member Tony Ambroza, chief brand officer of Carhartt, is supporting his company's new effort to protect human health by producing gowns and masks for COVID-19 first responders.

MEC applauds MPSC action to ensure gas, electric service during COVID-19 pandemic

The Michigan Public Service Commission announced Wednesday it would hold Michigan’s rate-regulated and cooperative electric and gas utilities accountable by calling on them to adopt minimum protections for their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We need electricity and gas guaranteed statewide. Here's how and who needs to commit

Waking up warm and comfortable. Pouring milk for cereal. Logging your child into online schoolwork. Making stir fry over the stove. Listening to the news on the radio.

This is a snapshot of what many Michiganders likely experience each day as they stay at home protecting themselves and their community from COVID-19. It is not the case, however, for thousands of Michiganders and potentially thousands more.