Michigan Environmental Report

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

You're invited: Plainfield Township town hall on drinking water

People across Michigan are wondering: Is my water safe to drink? Whom can I trust for honest answers about my tap water? Why do my water bills keep going up?


MEC Statement: DEQ fails again to propose clean-up rules to protect public health

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) is disappointed that once again the DEQ has failed to act in the best interests of public health in the Clean-Up Criteria rule proposal. The latest iteration of the proposal still does not include a nimble process to update criteria levels to protect public health, instead opting to only allow the criteria to be adjusted to the benefit of business.


Toxic taps: Hazardous chemical plumes are growing at a former Air Force base in northern Michigan

So is public outcry

Last fall, Kathy Abernathy and Doug Trittin plunked down $720 to replace the pump that delivers groundwater to the taps in their Oscoda Township home, just a few blocks from Lake Huron. A couple of weeks later, they learned their well water was contaminated and were advised not to drink it or cook with it.


Summer is the perfect time to speak up for Michigan's public health and natural resources

Summer is officially here, which means the legislature is off for its summer recess and many Michiganders are headed to their favorite vacation spots in the Great Lakes state. Summer sees us shifting gears here at MEC too. Instead of working the halls of the State Capitol, our staff is traveling the state, engaging the public on a multitude of issues. Since the legislators have left Lansing, we plan to take our concerns to their hometowns, and we're inviting you to join us.


Polly Products of Michigan turns your milk jugs into park benches

Simple and functional, the humble park bench rarely attracts a second look. It's a ubiquitous feature of our public spaces and streetscapes. No wonder most passersby take it for granted.


State of Michigan environmental programs at risk

In June, the Michigan Legislature passed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. MEC and our partners at Michigan League of Conservation Voters commissioned Public Sector Consultants to produce a budget analysis of the combined impacts of proposed federal budget cuts outlined in President Trump's budget and the state budget cuts being considered for environment protection programs and activities.


First #HowYouDune freshwater dune summit celebrates Michigan's coastal treasures

More than 60 scientists, natural resource professionals, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and others gathered in Muskegon on May 7-8 for the Freshwater Dune Summit, organized by Michigan Environmental Council and our partners at Heart of the Lakes and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.


Michigan's plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie won't get the job done

Water protection groups submit comments on draft plan

The state of Michigan's plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie shows good intentions but lacks teeth to make sure we will actually see any significant improvement in the water quality of the lake.