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Michigan Environmental Report

Spring 2008

Vol. 26 Issue 2

A line in the sand

Last issue we profiled Milliken Award winner Prof. Bunyan Bryant. This issue we focus on Petoskey Prize recipient Carol Drake and her David-vs-Goliath battle to stop corporate interests from taking publicly owned Lake Michigan sand dunes. Both were scheduled to receive their awards during the May 28 Michigan Environmental Council Awards Event in Ann Arbor.
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RELATED TOPICS: environmental justice, land use

The curse of small-bore thinking

Michigan leaders need to think bigger. For decades, we’ve slipped out of national leadership on the economy, education, cultural resources and environmental protection. At best, we’re a pale shadow in the middle of the pack in each of these arenas. And we’re still bleeding.
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Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
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MEC lobbies to make roads friendly, safe for the two-wheeled and the two-legged

Roads built and improved with federal funds would be required to serve everyone using the roadway, including pedestrians, people on bicycles or those catching the bus, as well as those with disabilities under proposed federal legislation.
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RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Environment Michigan pushes to revive Michigan’s waning wilderness program

Aggressive lobbying and public education by MEC member group Environment Michigan helped convince Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to create the state’s first wilderness designation in 20 years, permanently protecting part of Algonac State Park.
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Milliken: Conserving a legacy—Michigan’s natural wonders

Barely one percent of DNR lands get natural area designations. The following is an opinion column from former Gov. William Milliken regarding natural areas protection, printed on March 2, 2008 in the Lansing State Journal.
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation, land use

Highway through wetlands, use of DDA funds calls into question wisdom of ignoring “Smart Growth” policies

Members of the 4 Towns Citizen Action Team, an MEC member group, have been fighting for Smart Growth policies in sprawling Commerce Township, north of Detroit, where proposed development will impact wetlands, contribute to sprawl and do a legal tap dance around a federal order designed to stop a proposed highway extension through wetlands. This update is from 4 Towns Vice President Lorna McEwen.
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RELATED TOPICS: land use, Smart Growth

A little too much garlic . . .

Garlic mustard—an invasive plant that can overwhelm the natural habitat of Michigan’s wildflowers and native flora within a few years—was in the crosshairs of the Stewardship Network this spring. Network volunteers aimed to pull an estimated 100,000 pounds of the invader during April and May.
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation, land use

Cities battle to cash in on economic boost from new commuter rail line

A Detroit-to-Ann Arbor commuter rail line planned for 2010 already has cities lining up for the economic development benefits that mass transit provides.
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RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

Drug giant drops lindane lawsuit against Ecology Center

The Michigan Environmental Council supported member group Ecology Center in defending itself from a frivolous lawsuit filed by Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals. The company’s suit was designed, in MEC’s opinion, to thwart efforts by the Center and others, including MEC, from pursuing legislation to restrict the dangerous chemical’s use on children.
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Editorial: EPA ouster a sad chapter in Dow/dioxin mess

When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IV Administrator Mary Gade was forced from office in early May, it ignited a firestorm of controversy. Gade had aggressively tried to force Dow Chemical Co. to clean up waterways that have for decades been laced with toxic dioxin from the company’s Midland, MI plant.
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Compact OK’d, but important water safeguards overlooked by State Senate

Michigan’s House and Senate approved the eight-state Great Lakes Compact in mid-May, but protection for the state’s majestic waterways was still uncertain at press time as key additional protections remained in limbo.
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RELATED TOPICS: Great Lakes, water protection

Stark beauty of Michigan’s water, need to protect it, are theme of new book

The grandeur of Michigan’s waters is the theme of a new book by prolific author and Michigan Environmental Council advisor Dave Dempsey and photographer David Lubbers.
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