Michigan Environmental Report

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

Report: Michigan communities, water face twin assault from environmental budget cuts

LCV, MEC urge lawmakers to consider combined impact of state, federal proposals

Michigan lawmakers are rushing to pass budgets that slash core environmental programs -- especially ones protecting our lakes and waterways -- without considering the dire impacts they will have when combined with likely cuts at the federal level, a new report from the Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan League of Conservation Voters warns.


U-M law students support Detroit neighborhood’s revitalization with day of service

Clearing brush and painting vacant buildings south of Eight Mile Road is not how many students expect to spend their last week of summer, but for University of Michigan’s first-year law students it has become a biannual tradition.


Trump's climate mistake highlights need for local leadership

The Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Climate Action Network issued the following statement Thursday in response to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.


Senate passes bill that politicizes Natural Resources Trust Fund

Legislation passed Wednesday by the state Senate would change longstanding practices for managing the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have proven effective at keeping the fund's allocations nonpartisan and above the political fray over its four-decade history of purchasing and developing high-value outdoor recreation sites across the state, the Michigan Environmental Council said.


MEC praises pipeline safety bills from Sens. Peters and Stabenow

Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement in response to pipeline safety legislation introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow:


Job Posting - Communications Officer

The Michigan Environmental Council seeks a media-savvy communications professional with outstanding writing skills to join our team as Communications Officer. The person in this position will be responsible for managing MEC's relationships with journalists across the state; writing and editing for our web and print publications; shaping our overall communications strategy; and developing and delivering compelling messages that drive news coverage and shape discussions in the State Capitol.


Michigan House says bare minimum is good enough for Great Lakes

Legislation passed by the House of Representatives would cede Michigan's environmental authority to the federal government and prohibit state leaders from doing anything more than the bare minimum to protect public health or natural treasures like the Great Lakes, the Michigan Environmental Council said.


Life on the edge: Shoreland Stewards program provides conservation tools for lakefront property owners

With Memorial Day fast approaching, many Michiganders are preparing to re-open cottages on the state's more than 11,000 inland lakes. If you're lucky enough to have a summer place on the water or live lakeside year-round, the way you landscape and manage your property can have a big impact on water quality and lake-dwelling wildlife.