Michigan Environmental Report
A pristine stretch of Michigan's Au Sable River will keep its scenic character and is safer from pollution caused by oil and gas drilling, thanks to a decision last week from the Department of Natural Resources.
The Michigan Environmental Council and our allies are deeply concerned about pending mineral leases that would allow oil and gas drilling along a section of the Au Sable River so pristine and revered by trout anglers that it's known as the Holy Waters.
Trivia time! This quiz, gauging how many Michigan tourist attractions you've visited, is making the rounds on the intertubes this week. Our communications director scored a 69, then suffered the slings and arrows of lesser Michiganders who complained bitterly of the unfairness of it all.
This is a favorite time of year for many Michiganders: Deer season is in full swing. One MEC staffer has a freezer newly full of nutritious, local venison, while another keeps shaking his head and muttering about a big buck that trotted close but didn't offer a clean shot.
One night in the late 1980s I wandered unannounced into Grand Rapids' Fountain Street Church for a meeting of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). I had a vague idea that I'd like to write something about "The Environment" for the Grand Rapids-based chain of weekly newspapers I was working for, and an "environmental council" seemed a likely spot to find such a story. Beyond that, I was as clueless as a 24-year-old could be.