Michigan Environmental Report

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

Freight vs passenger rail? No, experts say the two complement one another in Michigan

By Dan Sommerville, Policy Associate, Michigan Environmental Council

Au Sable River gets a checkup: Good health, but threats loom

Editor's note: The Anglers of the Au Sable report mentioned below has been taken temporarily offline for revisions. We will update this post when the report is again available. Our apologies, and thanks for reading!

Here comes the legislature! Keep a close eye on your biodiversity!

Dr. Bradley Cardinale is among 133 Michigan scientists poised to tell Gov. Rick Snyder that the anti-biodiversity Senate Bill 78 is a terrible idea for Michigan's natural resources and for science-based decision making. We talked with him recently in this blog entry. If you liked that, you'll love his appearance on WKAR's Current State where he discusses the damaging legislation in more detail.

Anti-biodiversity SB 78: Michigan scientists (133 of 'em!) poised to tell Gov. Snyder it is "against the best advice" of state's academic experts

The good news is the Michigan Legislature is on summer recess.

Is it time to take the Kirtland's warbler off the Endangered list?

The Kirtland’s warbler is North America’s rarest songbird. They winter in the Bahamas, and more than 90 percent return to jack pine forests in northern Michigan each spring.

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.