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"But all this is changing. People have burned so much coal, oil, and gas over the past two hundred years, we’ve changed the composition of our atmosphere.

Carbon dioxide levels are now much higher than in all of human history.

This is trapping heat that is changing - everything."


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  • published Staff in ABOUT 2020-03-24 16:15:36 -0400





    Legislative Affairs, Drinking Water,
    and Energy
    Environmental Health

    Groundwater, Surface Water,
    and Agriculture





  • published Board in ABOUT 2019-11-08 14:27:18 -0500

    Board of Directors

    Bob Allison


    Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

    Tony Ambroza



    Alisha Bell


    Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

    Mary Brady-Enerson


    Clean Water Fund

    Lisa Brush


    Stewardship Network

    Rick Bunch



    Bryan Burroughs


    Michigan Trout Unlimited

    Michael Dorsey



    Paul Glendon



    Christine Green

    Vice Chair


    Jennifer McKay

    Vice Chair

    Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

    Nathan Murphy


    Environment Michigan

    Jeremy Orr


    Michigan State Conference NAACP

    Alicia Ping



    Mozhgon Rajaee



    Conan Smith


    Michigan Environmental Council

    Bill Wood

    Vice Chair

    West Michigan Environmental Action Council

  • published Vote for Water Pledge 2018-08-17 09:46:35 -0400

    Vote for Water Pledge

    Add your name to the list of those taking action to protect Michigan's water at the upcoming election.

    What makes the Great Lakes Michigan's most valuable natural resource? You could list facts about this all day long, such as how the lakes provide 40 million people with drinking water and 1.5 million jobs. But to a Michigander, you can’t sum up what the Great Lakes are worth with statistics. We know these lakes are priceless. So when you cast your vote in the upcoming August 7 primary, remember to Vote for Water.

    Who we choose to elect has a direct impact on the waters of Michigan. Our Great Lakes and inland waterways are currently facing a multitude of serious threats that need to be addressed. We urge you to keep these in mind during this election cycle:

    1. Algae Blooms - At their best, algae blooms foul our waters and make them a sickly green color, but at their worst, algae blooms can contain toxic cyanobacteria which contaminates our drinking water and closes beaches.
    2. Drinking Water Contamination - Michigan’s drinking water is threatened by pollution. In 2017, 71 water systems had higher lead levels than Flint and there are 35 sites and counting that have been identified with PFAS contamination.
    3. Aging Septic Systems - There are over 100,000 septic systems leaking over 30 million gallons of raw sewage into our groundwater every day. This waste pollutes our rivers, streams, and lakes and is loaded with pathogens like E. coli that threaten the health of Michigan residents.
    4. Line 5 - Every day, 23 million gallons of oil flow through a 65-year-old pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. A recent study found that a spill from this pipeline could pollute up to 400 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and would cost the state nearly $1.9 billion to clean up.
    5. Plastics - 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year, and once it’s in our water, it never goes away. Instead, it breaks down into “microplastics” that get into our drinking water supply.
    6. Invasive Species – More than 180 invasive and non-native species have entered the Great Lakes, wreaking havoc on their ecosystem. These intruders, like the parasitic sea lamprey, outcompete native species, degrade habitats and disrupt food-webs which ultimately affects Michigan’s fishing, agriculture and tourism industries.

    This list could go on, but you get the point. The waters of Michigan are being attacked on multiple fronts. One of the greatest ways you can help protect them is by voting in the August 7 primary with these issues in mind. Pledge to Vote for Water now - and share this page with your friends and family with #VoteForWater.


  • signed Algae Blooms Petition 2018-07-12 16:28:43 -0400

    Stop Toxic Algae Blooms

    To Governor Snyder and the State Legislature:

    To stop toxic algae blooms, state leaders need to create comprehensive policies that protect our waterways from nutrient dumping. These annual blooms pose a serious public health threat to the residents of Michigan, damage local businesses dependent on tourism, and harm important ecosystems. Michigan has been plagued by these algae blooms for over a decade and enough is enough, restrictions must be placed on those polluting our waters. 

    For every summer over the past decade, the western basin of Lake Erie has been plagued by toxic algae blooms that threaten drinking water sources, pose a risk to human and animal health, and damage the tourism economy of the region. Despite state and federal agencies pouring millions of dollars into this issue, we have seen minimal improvements. On July 12, 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their final forecast of the season predicting what we and the lake are in for this summer.

    Based on their findings, NOAA and their research partners expect to see another harmful algal bloom of toxic cyanobacteria this summer in Lake Erie. NOAA predicts this bloom will be smaller than the one in 2017, but larger than the one seen in 2016.

    The cause of these blooms in western Lake Erie is not a mystery and the solutions aren’t either. An overabundance of nitrogen and phosphorus, primarily from agricultural lands, feeds these explosive and, at times, toxic blooms. Michigan has largely relied upon farmers voluntarily adopting better practices to mitigate the amount of pollution entering western Lake Erie but this strategy clearly is not enough.

    Take action today: sign our petition to call for stronger protection for Lake Erie against toxic algal blooms

    While agricultural runoff remains the main source of pollution into Lake Erie, it is not the sole contributor. Some of the nutrient loading comes from point source pollution, such as wastewater treatment plants or factories. However, unlike the agricultural sector, Michigan required these industries to cut their pollution. The state also banned the use of phosphorus in fertilizer on homeowner’s lawns. While this is a step in the right direction, until we seriously address runoff from agricultural lands, harmful and toxic algal blooms will continue to make news in Lake Erie.

    The Great Lakes play a central role in the state’s economy, ecological health, and charm, but these natural gems are currently being threatened by excess nutrient runoff. It is easy to want to protect beautiful Lake Michigan or impressive Lake Superior, but we at the Michigan Environmental Council want to challenge our supporters to not forget about Lake Erie. 

    We hope to demonstrate that it is not hopeless for Lake Erie; the problem IS solvable. But we need your support to make these policy solutions a reality. Sign our petition today to ensure that state leaders are held accountable for protecting Lake Erie. And share the petition with your network to get the word out and push for swift action to save the lake.

    See our three-part plan to break the cycle of algae blooms here:

    Part One: Digging Deeper: How can healthy soil lead to clean water?

    Part Two: Plugging the Leak: Help us keep raw sewage out of our waters

    Part Three: Cultivating a better Future: How Michigan farmers can help prevent algae blooms

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  • published Line 5 in Clean Water 2018-01-26 14:01:38 -0500

    Line 5

    “The worst possible place for an oil spill.” That’s what University of Michigan researchers call the Mackinac Straits where strong, erratic currents and thick winter ice make the consequences of an oil spill disastrous. Despite these warnings, deep beneath the Straits lies Line 5 -- an aging set of twin pipelines that transports 23 million gallons of oil every day.

    At 64 years old, the pipeline is showing its age.  There are gaps in its protective coating, and it's missing critical supports that anchor the pipeline against the lake’s floor.  This level of deterioration is predictable -- the pipeline only had a fifty-year lifespan.  But even before Line 5 passed its life expectancy, it posed an unnecessary risk to our Great Lakes.  There have been 15 documented leaks along other portions of the pipeline since 1988.

    Compounding our concerns, Line 5 is owned by Enbridge, the Canadian company responsible for the 2010 Kalamazoo River disaster -- the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history.

    The risk our Great Lakes and coastal communities is simply too high.  It’s time to retire Line 5.


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  • published Thanks for Taking Our Survey in Take Our Survey 2018-01-17 12:25:31 -0500

    Thanks for Taking Our Survey!

    We look forward to serving your needs and keeping you in touch with news and information on legislation and actions that help make Michigan a thriving and wonderful place to live, work, and play.

    Why not take a moment and explore our program priorities below!

  • published Mid-Michigan in MEMBERS 2017-10-21 19:44:54 -0400

    Mid-Michigan Members

    Apply to become a member of MEC today Learn More

    • Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination

      CACC is a regional grassroots environmental organization centered in the Great Lakes to foster awareness of environmental issues through a network of citizens and organizations. CACC has been working to protect our environment since 1978.

    • Clean Water Fund

      Clean Water Action is a national organization of diverse people and groups working together for:

      Clean Water  Assuring supplies of clean, safe and affordable water for all Americans, now and for the future.
      Protecting Health  Preventing health-threatening pollution at its source.
      Creating Jobs  Building an economy based on environmentally safe jobs and businesses.
      Making Democracy Work  Empowering people to take charge of our environmental future.

    • League of Michigan Bicyclists

      The mission of the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is to promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on the roads of Michigan.

    • League of Women Voters of Michigan

      The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan, political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

    • Liaison for Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation

      To represent the residents of Meridian Township in matters related to wise land use, controlled growth, and environmental impacts, especially before the Meridian Township Board of Trustees.

    • Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers

      The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc. (MARP) was established in 1973 as a consumer advocacy group. The goals are to:

      - Educate the public and officials about the benefits of improved and expanded passenger rail services, including intercity rail, commuter rail, rail transit, and ancillary transit such as improved bus services, which enhance the viability of rail service.
      - Preserve and protect historic public transportation facilities in the State of Michigan including passenger rail and bus stations.
      - Study and recommend passenger rail systems in the State of Michigan.
      - Promote passenger rail travel in the State of Michigan.
      - Maintain and improve relations with providers of passenger rail and related services, including Amtrak, Michigan Department of Transportation, Indian Trails, Regional Transit Administrations, and others.

    • Michigan Audubon

      Connecting people with birds for the benefit of both through environmental research, conservation, and education in the state.

    • Michigan Energy Options

      Our expertise includes basic to highly technical energy audits of buildings, regional energy consumption studies and modeling, and green building consultation for new construction and existing buildings. In 2012, we earned U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum—the highest level possible—for our headquarters in East Lansing. We also make frequent presentations on energy to groups that include local officials, business associations and schools, among others.

    • Michigan Nurses Association

      The mission of the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is to represent professional registered nurses, as well as all members. Through the MNA, members shall act to educate, advocate, organize, and collectively bargain to promote professional practice, quality patient outcomes, and healthy communities.

    • Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance

      Promoting organic agriculture and the development and support of food systems that revitalize and sustain local communities.

    • Michigan Recycling Coalition

      The Michigan Recycling Coalition fosters sustainability by leading, educating, and mobilizing business, government, non-profit, and individuals to advance their own and collective resource use and recovery initiatives in Michigan.

    • Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

      MTGA fosters and facilitates the creation of a statewide interconnected system of trails and greenways.

    • Michigan Trout Unlimited

      We are a council of 20 Michigan local chapters, and our mission is to protect, conserve, and restore cold water fisheries and their watersheds.

    • Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council

      The Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by raising environmental consciousness and activism. Mid-MEAC provides individuals and communities concrete and practical ways to help the environment. Programs focus on River Protection, Trails & Greenways/ Green Transportation, and Sustainable Business.

  • published Promoting Clean Energy in Energy & Climate Change 2017-10-15 22:01:10 -0400

    Promoting Clean Energy

    Scientists agree that we need to shift to 100% clean, renewable energy before mid-century to ensure a stable climate. With solar jobs growing 17 times faster than the overall economy and the wind industry bringing millions to rural landowners and boosting local tax bases, it’s clear that renewable energy is the best way to power Michigan’s future.

    In 2016, MEC played a major role in achieving positive energy reforms that commit Michigan to producing 15% of our energy from renewable sources by 2021. It was a huge victory, but it doesn’t mean our work is slowing down. Moving forward, we are focused on making sure the law is effectively implemented and will continue to support renewable energy projects at the local level.

  • published Lead Poisoning in Human Health 2017-10-15 21:57:35 -0400

    Lead Poisoning

    When the Flint Water Crisis made national news, it put a spotlight on lead poisoning.  Lead is toxic to everyone, but the impact on children can be devastating.  It undermines brain development and causes learning and behavioral problems, including aggressiveness, hyperactivity, and lethargy.  It is also linked to organ damage, hearing deterioration, slow growth, appetite and weight loss, digestive problems and headaches.

    Lead exposure has been a problem for decades.  Over 70% of Michigan’s housing stock predates the 1978 ban on lead paint, putting millions of residents at risk of lead exposure.  In fact, thousands of children under six years old have tested positive for lead poisoning, and often those most at-risk aren’t even tested.

    The damage is irreversible, and the costs to families and society are astronomical.

    Our Work

    MEC’s goal on lead poisoning is simple, but ambitious: ending childhood lead poisoning in Michigan.  When foolproof testing, mitigation and abatement programs are in place, childhood lead poisoning is 100% preventable.  It is just a matter of political will and funding.

    MEC Health Policy Director Tina Reynolds leads the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes (MIALSH), a coalition of health, housing, business owners, medical and environmental professionals committed to that goal.

    Before the coalition formed in 2010, decades passed with no significant state funding for lead cleanup programs.  Thanks to MIALSH’s advocacy, the state legislature has brought total funding to more than $6.5 million.

    Through their annual Lead Education Day, the coalition shows the human face of lead poisoning by bringing impacted families to the State Capitol to tell their stories.  This outreach has been critical in building the bipartisan support necessary to eradicate childhood lead poisoning.

    Our Goals

    • Institute universal lead testing for Michigan kids who are two-years-old or younger;
    • Shift the burden from municipal agencies to landlords for certifying that rental units are lead safe after a tenant has a positive blood test (and increasing enforcement and penalties);
    • Require point-of-sale lead inspections of older homes;
    • Make Michigan the state with the strongest lead and copper rule.

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  • published Energy & Climate Change in PRIORITIES 2017-10-15 19:44:58 -0400

    Energy & Climate Change

    The need for unified action on climate change is clear.  Michigan is already seeing greater climate-related health impacts along with weather extremes that hurt our food growers and more severe rain events that pollute our Great Lakes with sewage overflows.

    MEC is working to tackle climate change at its source -- our reliance on fossil fuels.  By passing forward-thinking policy at the state-level that reduces our dependence on dirty energy and promotes renewable energy at the local level, we’re laying the framework for a clean energy economy that will reduce energy costs for families and protect public health and the environment for future generations to enjoy.

  • published Human Health in PRIORITIES 2017-10-15 19:41:47 -0400

    Human Health

    From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, too many Michigan residents struggle with preventable illnesses that are directly linked to industrial pollution and environmental degradation.

    Behind Michigan’s high rates of asthma, lead poisoning, and childhood obesity lies an environmental trigger -- air pollution, poor drinking water quality, and the millions of residents who lack access to fresh, nutritious food.

    We believe it’s time we treat the root causes of Michigan’s public health crises, not simply the symptoms.  MEC’s work focuses on connecting the dots between diseases and their environmental causes.  Our objective is to secure meaningful policy victories that improve the health of all Michiganders, especially those most vulnerable -- children, low-income populations and the communities of color who disproportionately bear the brunt of industrial pollution.


  • MEC submits comments on state's 30-year water strategy

    MEC and several of our partners and members submitted formal comments on the draft document, Sustaining Michigan's Water Heritage: A Strategy for the Next Generation, created by the Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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  • 18th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration Sponsors

    Michigan Environmental Council gratefully acknowledges the financial support of our 18th Annual Awards Celebration Sponsors.

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  • published Become A Member in MEMBERS 2017-09-23 12:46:57 -0400

    Become A Member


    Our core service remains the same as it was since our inception in 1980: We are the collective voice in State Capitol policy debates for our members.  Here's what your organization can expect when they become members of the Michigan Environmental Council:

    in the areas of:

    • Legislative and governmental affairs
    • Public policy development
    • Environmental law
    • Environmental campaign management and messaging
    • Media relationships and communications, including new media tools
    • Fundraising and development

    on current environmental issues such as energy and climate change, water use and protection, transportation, public health and food policy, natural resources and conservation, environmental justice and agriculture

    of environmental and conservation concerns at meetings, hearings and workgroup discussions with:

    • The Governor’s Office
    • The State Legislature
    • State agencies like the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, Agriculture, Housing, Health and Human Services, and more
    • Various governmental commissions, forums, and business associations
    • The press and media outlets


    • Annual Member Meeting, including election of MEC board members
    • Biennial Legislative Breakfast, to meet with new and returning lawmakers
    • Various in-district legislative meetings
    • Facilitated meetings with state agencies and representatives
    • Opportunities to network with other members of the environmental community

    that includes the Michigan Environmental Report printed newsletter, bi-weekly Michigan Environmental Report e-newsletter, Capitol Update email notifications, and the inclusion of information about your organization on our website

    and capacity-building that increase your organization’s depth of influence and policy development

    in our sustainably operated and maintained, LEED Platinum building


    The recommended dues payment structure is as follows:

    Member Group Operating Budget * Annual Dues
    Less than $25,000 $100
    $20,000 - $100,000 $250
    $100,000 - $250,000 $500
    Greater than $250,000 $1,000

    * Environmental Groups: Suggested dues are based upon your group's annual budget

    * Non-Environmental Groups: Suggested dues are based on the portion of your group's annual budget dedicated to environmental programs


    Membership Application

    Thank you for considering membership with the Michigan Environmental Council. Applications are submitted at our quarterly board meeting for consideration.