Michigan Environmental Report

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

Time is right-but running out-for transportation funding deal

Michigan's legislature has one week left before the summer recess. With the Detroit aid package finalized and a budget agreement shaping up, lawmakers face just one major hurdle before they head home to reconnect with their constituents.


To praise and protect: holiday thoughts on Michigan's public lands

Michigan's woodlands and waters are warming up, breaking into bloom, and will welcome thousands into their spring-into-summer embrace this beautiful holiday weekend. For me, our annual outdoor awakening brings to mind two simple observations about Michigan's public lands.


Long track record, millage victory make Ford solid choice as RTA chief

MEC applauded the unanimous vote Wednesday by the board of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan to hire longtime transportation administrator Michael Ford as its new CEO.


MEC releases report exploring mileage fee to fund transportation system

MEC today released a report that explores the possibility of funding Michigan's transportation system by charging motorists based on the distance they drive.


Report: Overused pesticides injure Michigan workers and homeowners

A golf course employee spilled insecticide on his wet shoes. He awoke in the middle of the night, vomiting with a headache and a numb right foot.


Friday linkaround: Fracking, pollution and ancient hunters

The weekend's just about here! Before you hit the soccer fields or tackle that yard work, here's a quick look at some of the stories we've been following this week.


Transportation proposal a step forward on road funding, but detour bypasses public transit

There's not much left to say about the sorry state of Michigan's roads.


Tug of war: Senate approves trails package while House panel cuts funding for-you guessed it-trails

The Senate today approved a package of bills to establish a Pure Michigan Trail Network - an encouraging sign that state lawmakers recognize the important role world-class trails and other outdoor recreation assets can play in growing local economies and enhancing quality of life.