MEC applauds infrastructure recommendations, urges leaders to follow through

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The Michigan Environmental Council praised the recommendations put forth Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and urged policymakers to significantly increase investments to offset years of underfunding for safe drinking water, public transit, clean energy and other components of a healthy Michigan with a high quality of life.
Read MoreDec 5, 2016

MEC welcomes release of Governor's Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board report

News Updates
The Board, formed after the Flint crisis and in light of the thousands of Michigan kids needlessly lead poisoned each year, worked diligently over the summer and fall to craft these comprehensive recommendations to end childhood lead poisoning.
View ArticleNov 17, 2016

MEC launches sustainable agriculture program to make Michigan a good food leader

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The Michigan Environmental Council has launched a new sustainable agriculture program to promote state, local and federal policies that support Michigan in growing a diverse abundance of food while promoting the long-term well-being of our water, wildlife and climate. Tom Zimnicki will lead the program as agriculture policy director, MEC announced Tuesday. Most recently, Zimnicki was a project scientist for Kieser and Associates, a Kalamazoo-based environmental science and engineering firm.
Read MoreNov 15, 2016

Groups praise Michigan's decision to protect Lake Erie

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Michigan environmental groups on Thursday praised the state's designation of its portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin as an impaired watershed under the Clean Water Act, a decision with potential to dramatically reduce nutrient pollution and improve water quality.
Read MoreNov 10, 2016

MEC statement: Senate panel approves anti-public land bills

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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Senate Natural Resources Committee's approval of Senate Bills 39 and 40: "We are disappointed that Senate leaders continue to operate from the false presumption that having an abundance of public land is a bad thing, when there is plenty of data to show that protected public land is a strong economic driver for Michigan and local communities.
Read MoreSep 21, 2016
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President's Column: Lessons learned from serving on the Flint Water Advisory Task Force

Michigan Environmental Report
Last October I received a phone call that would dramatically impact me professionally and personally. It was Gov. Rick Snyder’s office calling, asking me to serve as co-chair of the governor’s Flint Water Advisory Task Force. The task force’s charge was to determine what happened in Flint and why, and to provide recommendations on how to prevent this from ever happening again. The group would meet for five months, release three letters to the governor and issue a final report that contained 36 findings and 44 recommendations.
View ArticleSep 7, 2016  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report
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