Environment Picture

Michigan Environmental Report

Spring 2013

Vol. 31 Issue 2

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to help keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

More than $1 million to help keep Michigan children safe from lead poisoning was included in a budget bill signed in June by Governor Rick Snyder. The allocation was a direct result of advocacy and education efforts by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH). MEC is part of the coalition’s core leadership team.
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MEC steps up to chart a vision for Michigan’s “Big Wild”

The Pigeon River Country State Forest has for decades been the crucible for conservation in Michigan. It’s the focus of heated debates and hard-won compromises about how to manage a place—and by extension, a state—rich in both stunning natural beauty and precious natural resources.
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation, land use, legislation

Dave Dempsey: Author, historian, policy expert and steadfast defender of the Great Lakes

The sound was like thunder. Bass-heavy, ground-shaking booms at rhythmic intervals. It lured Dave Dempsey from his sleeping bag one fine summer day in 1981. What he found mesmerized him and forever guided his career path.
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Bob Andrus: Tireless champion for Michigan’s cold water trout streams

When MEC President Chris Kolb called Bob Andrus to tell him he’d won MEC’s Petoskey Prize, Andrus took the call standing waist-deep in the Holy Waters section of the frigid Au Sable River. That figures.
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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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In Memoriam: Helen Milliken

There’s a darn good reason that the state’s top environmental honor is not simply called the William Milliken Distinguished Service Award. It is properly called the Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award in recognition that both the former governor and his wife made their own substantial legacies in protecting Michigan’s natural resources during the course of their careers. The award is presented annually by the Michigan Environmental Council.
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