Michigan Environmental Report

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

President's Column: 2018 starts with a bang

This year started out with a blizzard of policy initiatives swirling around Lansing. Personally, I am encouraged by some of the serious proposals being put forward. Unfortunately, spring of an election year also brings some perennially bad ideas out into the open, and this year is no different. Michigan Environmental Council staff members have been at the Capitol, poring through the fine print, advocating for the good and shining a light on the bad. Here are a few highlights--and lowlights.


Michigan Environmental Council commends Snyder administration for establishing strictest Lead and Copper Rule in the country

Michigan Environmental Council commends Gov. Snyder and his administration for today establishing the strictest Lead and Copper Rule in the United States.

"By strengthening our Lead and Copper Rule to be the strictest in the nation, Gov. Snyder has put Michigan in a leadership position for safeguarding human health," said MEC President Chris Kolb.  "Michigan Environmental Council supports this important advance that will protect our children and families and future generations from lead exposure in drinking water."

The LCR is part of the Safe Drinking Water Act and was first published in 1991 to protect public health by minimizing our exposure to lead and copper in our drinking water. By 1997, all large water systems had to be in compliance with the LCR.


Michigan Environmental Council statement on Enbridge Line 5 tunnel report

Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) issued the following statement regarding the Enbridge report released today on building a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to replace the Line 5 oil pipeline.

“This report does not change the fact that the State of Michigan should proceed immediately to use its legal authority and shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The recent anchor strike of the pipelines showed that every day the state fails to act puts our Great Lakes at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.


Thank you to our 2018 Awards Celebration sponsors!

Michigan Environmental Council’s 20th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration is made possible by these generous sponsors.


Petoskey Prize winner Nancy Warren: passionate advocate for the wild Upper Peninsula

For some, happiness is associated with pleasant things, like a good book, maybe relaxing with family, or the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. But not Nancy Warren. Her contentment? It seems to come from ‘the good fight,’ preferably one with long odds of winning.

“My husband has said I am not happy unless I have five or six wars going on,” Nancy laughs. “In fact, it’s become a tradition when friends visit, they always say, ‘What are you fighting this time?’”

The inclination is ingrained. “Once you get the activist’s blood,” she contends, “you can’t stop.” Which has been good for the environment of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


Milliken award winner Joan Rose: Life saving water detective and public health visionary

For Joan Rose, water has always held a kind of magic. Maybe that’s in part because Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, was born and raised in a place without any water to speak of: Victorville, California, which she calls, “a sleepy little desert town.” As a kid, water meant fun. It meant family beach vacations or lakeside camping trips.

You can still find Rose having fun on the beach—today she’s more likely lounging in Saugatuck or on Mackinac Island than the Pacific Coast—but her relationship with water has become something much deeper. It is scarcely possible to overstate the impact and influence of her pioneering work on the causes and prevention of waterborne diseases.


Water researcher Joan Rose, Upper Peninsula advocate Nancy Warren earn top environmental awards

Michigan Environmental Council to honor pair June 14 in Ypsilanti

Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) next week will honor two outstanding leaders for Michigan's public health, waters and wildlife.

Joan Rose -- a Michigan State University microbiologist who has devoted her career to improving water quality, trekking across Michigan, the U.S., and the world to investigate and raise awareness of waterborne disease outbreaks and develop preventions -- will receive the Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.

Nancy Warren -- an advocate who has worked tirelessly, voluntarily, and at personal sacrifice over the past 25 years to preserve special features of the Upper Peninsula -- will receive the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership.


MEC opposes fox guarding the henhouse bills

Michigan Environmental Council opposes Senate Bills (SB) 652 and 653—widely known as the “fox guarding the henhouse” environmental measures—which passed the State House today.