Michigan Environmental Report

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

Mine tax: Investment in Michigan's rural future

A new mining era is dawning in the Upper Peninsula. At least five big operations are getting underway or entering the permitting process, and maybe half a dozen more are busily exploring and testing the waters for future mines.


Bullroar!!

Since the ideal height of Michigan trees has been adequately covered by Mitt Romney, we tree huggers are moving on to a different topic.


Hello & Welcome!

Welcome to Michigan Distilled, the Michigan Environmental Council's latest vehicle to bring ideas, analysis, news, and a bit of fun to the public discourse.


When Our Rivers Caught Fire

John Hartig’s book chronicles fires on horrifically polluted Rouge River and three others, and the public outcry that stopped them.


TRIVIA TIME: Test your knowledge of Michigan’s State Parks

How much do you know about Michigan's State Parks? Test your knowledge here!


Asian carp expert: Great Lakes tributaries may be more at risk than the lakes themselves

Google “Asian carp,” and you’ll return 348,000 hits. Not as many as Lindsay Lohan (21.3 million) but still plenty of choices from which to glean information on the voracious fish knocking on the door of the Great Lakes.


Smoking ban becomes law May 1; here’s what you’ll need to know

A new Michigan law banning smoking at bars, restaurants, and all other worksites, with the exception of the gaming floors of the three Detroit casinos and existing cigar bars and tobacco specialty stores, will become effective on May 1 of this year.


Lake Michigan wind farm plan generates angst, highlights work of Wind Council

Norwegian developers are proposing the state’s first offshore wind farm in Lake Michigan near Pentwater. The plan, for up to 200 turbines within two miles of Silver Lake sand dunes, has generated controversy statewide. Developer Scandia Wind Offshore LLC recently announced it was cutting the project size in half and moving it farther offshore in response to criticism.