Michigan Environmental Report

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

Permit for road through township dune preserve: DENIED!

The White Lake Beacon reports the permit application to build a quarter mile road..ahem..driveway through a township sand dune preserve outside Montague has been denied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality!

Does the state own too much land? No, and here's why: A primer on Michigan's land strategy and how to be heard

The state is on a fast-track to developing a land plan required by the Michigan Legislature as a condition of potentially removing caps on acquiring more state-owned land. MEC's Brad Garmon has provided this helpful overview for MEC member organizations and others interested in tracking or influencing this process.

Consequences of assault on Michigan dune laws comes clear: Developer plans to ram road through township dunes sanctuary

Since the late 1980s, Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been charged with running a permitting program for development and construction occurring within a narrow band of majestic sand dunes along lakes Michigan and Superior.

Governor Snyder: Call us maybe!?

Consider signing petition against "anti-biodiversity" legislation

The "anti-biodiversity" Michigan Senate Bill 78 recently passed the state Senate and is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives.

Lead Education Day at the State Capitol was personal for one mother and daughter

Update: SB 78 "Anti-Biodiversity Bill" passes full Senate

SB 78, the "Anti-Biodiversity Bill" passed the full Michigan Senate on March 5.

"Anti-Biodiversity Bill" Hearings Continue

Another hearing on SB 78, the "anti-biodiversity bill," has been scheduled for Thursday, February 21. Last week's hearing was packed and those who were allowed to testify did a great job. Thank you League of Women Voters, Michigan Botanical Club and others! I have added some commentary below to explain and highlight some issues that were raised there.