Environment Picture

Michigan Environmental Report

Spring / Summer 2017

Vol. 35 Issue 1

How safe is our drinking water? Do you know how to find out?

Drinking water issues arising out of Flint and around the state have spurred MEC to develop a drinking water toolkit for residents and community decision-makers. The toolkit will help community members learn more about our drinking water systems—from source waters such as lakes, streams, and groundwater, to treatment and distribution systems, and finally into our homes, including affordability and shutoff policies.
View Article2017-07-07  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: public health

2017 Environmental Programs Budget Analysis

In June the Michigan legislature passed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. MEC and our partners at Michigan League of Conservation Voters commissioned a budget analysis of the combined impacts of proposed federal budget cuts outlined in President Trump’s budget and the state budget cuts being considered for environment protection programs and activities. We released our report during legislative budget negotiations, providing the first-ever analysis to review the impact of both state and federal budget decisions and how they will affect Michigan’s ability to protect our residents and environment. The combined impact of these cuts is enormous and, quite frankly, puts at risk our state’s ability to protect the Great Lakes, our water resources including drinking water, and the cleanup of contaminated sites across the state.
View Article2017-07-06  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Toxic taps: Hazardous chemical plumes are growing at a former Air Force base in northern Michigan

Last fall, Kathy Abernathy and Doug Trittin plunked down $720 to replace the pump that delivers groundwater to the taps in their Oscoda Township home, just a few blocks from Lake Huron. A couple of weeks later, they learned their well water was contaminated and were advised not to drink it or cook with it.
View Article2017-08-08  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Summer is the perfect time to speak up for Michigan's public health and natural resources

Summer is officially here, which means the legislature is off for its summer recess and many Michiganders are headed to their favorite vacation spots in the Great Lakes state. Summer sees us shifting gears here at MEC too. Instead of working the halls of the State Capitol, our staff is traveling the state, engaging the public on a multitude of issues. Since the legislators have left Lansing, we plan to take our concerns to their hometowns, and we’re inviting you to join us.
View Article2017-08-07  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

State of Michigan environmental programs at risk

In June, the Michigan Legislature passed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. MEC and our partners at Michigan League of Conservation Voters commissioned Public Sector Consultants to produce a budget analysis of the combined impacts of proposed federal budget cuts outlined in President Trump’s budget and the state budget cuts being considered for environment protection programs and activities.
View Article2017-08-03  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

First #HowYouDune freshwater dune summit celebrates Michigan’s coastal treasures

More than 60 scientists, natural resource professionals, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and others gathered in Muskegon on May 7–8 for the Freshwater Dune Summit, organized by Michigan Environmental Council and our partners at Heart of the Lakes and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
View Article2017-07-31  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Making connections and moving forward at MEC’s legislative breakfast

Good food, good conversation and a good turnout made the Michigan Environmental Council’s 2017 legislative breakfast perhaps our best yet.
View Article2017-01-31  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, MEC Member Groups

Snyder takes action to combat lead, enlists MEC staffer in the fight

MEC is proud to announce that Tina Reynolds, our health policy director, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on a new Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. Snyder signed an executive order creating the commission in March and said it will be a permanent body.
View Article2017-03-20  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: lead poisoning, public health

Polly Products of Michigan turns your milk jugs into park benches

Simple and functional, the humble park bench rarely attracts a second look. It’s a ubiquitous feature of our public spaces and streetscapes. No wonder most passersby take it for granted.
View Article2017-08-06  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: green economy, recycling

You're invited to sponsor our 19th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

Be a part of the biggest night of the year for Michigan’s environment by supporting our Environmental Awards Celebration on September 27, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit.
View Article2017-08-28  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: charitable giving

Join us September 27 to celebrate two Detroit champions

Please plan to join us to salute two special individuals whose commitment and efforts are helping to grow a more sustainable and vibrant Michigan. It will be our privilege to honor a pair of native Detroiters who each are going to extraordinary lengths to restore their hometown.
View Article2017-09-10  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: charitable giving

Thank you to our generous 2017 Awards Celebration sponsors!

Michigan Environmental Council’s 19th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration is made possible by these sponsors.
View Article2017-08-31  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: charitable giving

U-M law students support Detroit neighborhood’s revitalization with day of service

Clearing brush and painting vacant buildings south of Eight Mile Road is not how many students expect to spend their last week of summer, but for University of Michigan’s first-year law students it has become a biannual tradition. Since 2015, over 300 University of Michigan law students have volunteered at the Denby Neighborhood Alliance’s “Great Community Now” Day of Service in late August.
View Article2017-09-11  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: charitable giving
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