Michigan Environmental Report

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

Mark Covington: Growing food and community on Georgia Street

Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership 2017 Recipient

Mark Covington is a humble man, whose quiet dedication to his northeast Detroit community has transformed the lives of young people and given residents renewed hope for their neighborhood’s recovery. When asked about his work, he is quick to flash a smile and tell you his accomplishments have all been “by mistake.”

Thank you to our generous 2017 Awards Celebration sponsors!

Michigan Environmental Council’s 19th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration is made possible by these sponsors.

Join us September 27 to celebrate two Detroit champions

Michigan Environmental Council's 19th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration is on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

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.