Michigan Environmental Council statement on Michigan v. EPA

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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Michigan v. EPA: "This ruling is an unfortunate setback for efforts to protect public health.
Read MoreJun 29, 2015

Cleaning Up White Lake

Michigan Environmental Report
I don’t think most people would imagine the picturesque White Lake area, situated in the northern portion of Muskegon County, as a polluted toxic hot spot. But that’s what it was at one time. It isn’t anymore, and that’s truly a good story.
View ArticleJun 28, 2015  •  Spring 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Great Lakes champion Buchsbaum, Rouge restorer Craig earn top environmental awards

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The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) next week will honor two outstanding advocates for the Great Lakes and Michigan's inland waters and wildlife. Andy Buchsbaum -- whose leadership and vision made possible recent landmark protections for the Great Lakes -- will receive the Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award. Bill Craig -- a tireless volunteer dedicated to restoring the Rouge River and conserving natural areas -- will receive the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership. The awards will be presented Wednesday, June 24 at a celebration in Ann Arbor starting at 5:30 p.m. For information on the event, call 517-487-9539.
Read MoreJun 19, 2015

Milliken Award recipient Andy Buchsbaum: Accomplished Great Lakes guardian

Michigan Environmental Report
Early in Andy Buchsbaum’s college internship, Ralph Nader dropped by to say hello. The position was with Congress Watch, part of Nader’s consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. The political activist’s remarks to the interns were brief, but they marked a turning point in Buchsbaum’s life. “He said, ‘How can you see something that’s wrong and not do anything about it?’” Buchsbaum remembers. “That’s always stayed with me. After that moment, that was it for me. That’s what I was going to do.”
View ArticleJun 18, 2015  •  Spring 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Petoskey Prize recipient Bill Craig: ‘Long and difficult doesn’t matter’

Michigan Environmental Report
“This was all woods,” says Bill Craig, sweeping his arm across a scene of suburban sprawl in Westland, Michigan. Craig grew up not far from here, in Garden City. When he was a boy his parents would drop him and his two younger brothers off at the forest’s edge with peanut butter sandwiches and apples. “I had some great adventures that way,” he says. “That was the Huckleberry Finn part of my life.” Only a ribbon of those woods remains—the 500-plus-acre William P. Holliday Forest and Wildlife Preserve—but Craig still roams there whenever he can. For 25 years he has served as volunteer president of the Holliday Nature Preserve Association (HNPA).
View ArticleJun 17, 2015  •  Spring 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Environmental Council statement on DEQ water strategy

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes today released a draft version of its water strategy, a long-awaited document that will guide state water policy for the next three decades. "By putting in the effort to build this long-term strategy, the Snyder administration has demonstrated a laudable commitment to protecting Michigan's unrivaled water resources," said Chris Kolb, Michigan Environmental Council president. "The draft document is a comprehensive and thoughtful review of threats to water quality and quantity, as well as opportunities our water resources provide for economic development."
Read MoreJun 9, 2015
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