Michigan Environmental Report

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

Ten surprising facts in Michigan's new water strategy

Crafting a 30-year strategy to position Michigan's abundant (and awesome) water assets in a national and global context is no easy feat. MEC is grateful to Governor Snyder for asking for such a plan, and to Jon Allan and his team at the Office of Great Lakes (OGL) for pulling a laudable draft of one together.


Toxic rule fouls DEQ's clean air celebration

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality last week kicked off a "Year of Clean Air" to celebrate 50 years of protecting Michigan residents from air pollution.


Guest post: Coldwater River fiasco highlights need for drain code reform

Editor's note: This piece was contributed by Dr. Bryan Burroughs, executive director of Michigan Trout Unlimited and a member of MEC's board of directors. It originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Michigan Trout Magazine. It has been edited here for length.


Cleaning Up White Lake

A story of Citizen Action

I don’t think most people would imagine the picturesque White Lake area, situated in the northern portion of Muskegon County, as a polluted toxic hot spot. But that’s what it was at one time. It isn’t anymore, and that’s truly a good story.


Guest post: Conservation champion Willard Wolfe enters Environmental Hall of Fame

Editor's note: This post was contributed by noted writer, environmental historian, policy advisor and former MEC staff member Dave Dempsey.


Green infrastructure is gaining ground in Michigan

Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution in our waterways. The sediment, nutrients and chemicals that are introduced to our lakes and streams from stormwater are hurting fish populations and affecting human health and safety.


Success! New budget continues funding to prevent lead poisoning

The $54.5 billion state budget approved yesterday by the Legislature includes $1.75 million for programs to prevent lead poisoning, marking three straight years of budget success by MEC and our partners in the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes (MIALSH).


MEC joins clean air crusaders at Mama Summit

MEC rallied at the Capitol this week with dozens of concerned parents to educate legislators about the negative health impacts coal plants have on children.