Michigan Environmental Report

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

First #HowYouDune freshwater dune summit celebrates Michigan's coastal treasures

More than 60 scientists, natural resource professionals, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and others gathered in Muskegon on May 7-8 for the Freshwater Dune Summit, organized by Michigan Environmental Council and our partners at Heart of the Lakes and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.


Michigan's plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie won't get the job done

Water protection groups submit comments on draft plan

The state of Michigan's plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie shows good intentions but lacks teeth to make sure we will actually see any significant improvement in the water quality of the lake.


How safe is our drinking water? Do you know how to find out?

Learn more at summer town halls and coffees with the Michigan Environmental Council

Drinking water issues arising out of Flint and around the state have spurred MEC to develop a drinking water toolkit for residents and community decision-makers. The toolkit will help community members learn more about our drinking water systems–from source waters such as lakes, streams, and groundwater, to treatment and distribution systems, and finally into our homes, including affordability and shutoff policies.


2017 Environmental Programs Budget Analysis

In June the Michigan legislature passed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. MEC and our partners at Michigan League of Conservation Voters commissioned a budget analysis of the combined impacts of proposed federal budget cuts outlined in President Trump's budget and the state budget cuts being considered for environment protection programs and activities.


MEC statement: State should immediately release Line 5 report draft

The Michigan Environmental Council on Wednesday called for the immediate release of a draft report on the risk of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac -- set to be made public in just days -- that was scuttled when state officials terminated a contract with the firm preparing the report due to a conflict of interest.


Legislature's irresponsible budget plan slashes front-line protections for public health

MEC and our partners at the Michigan League of Conservation Voters released a report Thursday showing that deep budget cuts proposed in Lansing and Washington put at risk essential programs for protecting the Great Lakes, ensuring safe drinking water and cleaning up toxic contamination.


Report: Michigan communities, water face twin assault from environmental budget cuts

LCV, MEC urge lawmakers to consider combined impact of state, federal proposals

Michigan lawmakers are rushing to pass budgets that slash core environmental programs -- especially ones protecting our lakes and waterways -- without considering the dire impacts they will have when combined with likely cuts at the federal level, a new report from the Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan League of Conservation Voters warns.


U-M law students support Detroit neighborhood’s revitalization with day of service

Clearing brush and painting vacant buildings south of Eight Mile Road is not how many students expect to spend their last week of summer, but for University of Michigan’s first-year law students it has become a biannual tradition.