Environment Picture
Topic: Water Protection

Straits of Mackinac oil pipelines: Join our call for action from Gov. Snyder

News Updates
As part of the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign, MEC needs your help today to ramp up pressure on Gov. Snyder to keep oil out of the Great Lakes. Please add your name to our letter, and send an email to your friends or your organization’s members to encourage them to sign on.
View ArticleDec 12, 2014
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Business Owners and Great Lakes Groups: Gov. Snyder Must Immediately Open Hearing on Straits of Mackinac Oil Pipelines

Press Releases
Representatives of more than a dozen environmental groups, businesses, and governments--and thousands of citizens--today called on Gov. Snyder to take swift and meaningful action to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill from a pair of 61-year-old Enbridge pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.
Read MoreOct 5, 2014

August 19 Day of Action -- Keep Oil Out of the Great Lakes

News Updates
The Great Lakes are Michigan’s most treasured natural resource. But an oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac is putting the Great Lakes at risk.
View ArticleAug 15, 2014

16th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

News Updates
Please join us on Wednesday, July 9 in Ann Arbor in celebrating the vision and achievements of Rich Vander Veen and Steve Hamilton—two outstanding environmental champions!
View ArticleJul 7, 2014

Steve Hamilton: Spearheading a river’s recovery with sound science

Michigan Environmental Report
Steve Hamilton was on his way to a meeting in East Lansing in 2010 when he heard about the oil spill. A pipeline owned by Canadian energy giant Enbridge had gushed more than a million gallons of heavy crude into a Kalamazoo River tributary. As details emerged, the startling reality became clear: The river Hamilton loves had just suffered the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history.
View ArticleJul 2, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
A State Senate committee rejected legislation to rescind Michigan’s ban on lawn clippings in landfills in a 5-4 vote Nov. 5. The legislation would have crippled the composting industry and deprived landscapers and homeowners of Michigan-made nutrient-dense compost.
View ArticleDec 7, 2013  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Letter to Michigan DNR regarding oil and gas leases on the Au Sable River

Research Reports
A letter from MEC and coalition partners, led by the Anglers of the Au Sable, requesting that Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh not authorize leases for oil and gas activity along the "Holy Waters" stretch of the Au Sable River.
Download ReportDec 6, 2013

Built to Last: A blueprint for a more resilient Michigan

Research Reports
Michigan has a rare opportunity for thoughtful reinvention. Choices we make now will ripple through our environment and economy for decades to come.
Download ReportSep 23, 2013

Bob Andrus: Tireless champion for Michigan’s cold water trout streams

Michigan Environmental Report
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.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

EPA may end SS Badger's long run on coal

News Updates
The iconic Michigan steamship, the SS Badger, may lose its permit to dump spent coal into Lake Michigan.
View ArticleMar 7, 2013

Take action on 25x25: Send a letter to your family & friends

News Updates
MEC Development Director Andy Draheim's recent letter to his friends and family encapsulated his reasons for supporting Proposal 3, the 25x25 renewable energy standard on Michigan's ballot. We provide it here as an educational and outreach tool to YOUR friends and family who are interested in cutting through the confusing fog of television advertising and overwrought hyperbole.
View ArticleOct 29, 2012

MEC praises governor's veto

Press Releases
Bill would have crippled state's ability to protect Great Lakes
Read MoreDec 1, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

Michigan Senate votes to strip Michigan governor’s authority, cede Great Lakes decisions to Washington

Press Releases
Environmental groups blast move to strip Michigan governors of authority to protect Great Lakes and other Pure Michigan treasures
Read MoreNov 10, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

Live coverage from Detroit: Great Lakes Restoration Conference

Press Releases
Hundreds of people from across the country, including members of the Michigan Environmental Council, are in Detroit to discuss the challenges and safeguards for the world's largest freshwater system.
Read MoreOct 13, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

When our rivers caught fire

Michigan Environmental Report
When Lake Erie – or more exactly the Cuyahoga River which flows into Lake Erie – caught fire in 1969, it ignited a firestorm of public outrage over the indiscriminate dumping of sewage and industrial chemicals into the Great Lakes. But the incident was not particularly unusual.
View ArticleJul 6, 2011  •  July 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

House votes to strip Great Lakes protections, governor's authority

Press Releases
A bill passed by the Michigan House would prohibit Michigan from adopting rules more stringent than federal standards unless authorized by statute. The Great Lakes, then, would be subject to the same rules as ponds in Arizona and creeks in New Mexico.
Read MoreJun 16, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

Michigan fly fishing: Best in the nation!

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan has the best fly fishing in the nation. Better than legendary Western destinations like Idaho, Wyoming and Montana according, to the “Best 12 States for Fly Fishing” rankings from Fly Talk, the fly fishing blog of Field & Stream magazine.
View ArticleJun 6, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s public transportation and passenger railroad service both got good news in May. The public transportation budget recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder and passed by the legislature retained existing funding levels—good news in a budget that otherwise cut natural resource protection budgets.
View ArticleJun 5, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

How one state capitalizes on its fishing identity

Michigan Environmental Report
North Carolina didn’t make Field and Stream’s list of the top ten fly-fishing states, but its mountainous western flank has a wealth of tumbling streams with names like Whitewater River, Raven Fork and Rough Butt Creek.
View ArticleJun 5, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Green Economy, Water Protection

Trivia TIme

Michigan Environmental Report
Field and Stream magazine recently named Michigan the top fly-fishing state in the country for its smorgasbord of angling opportunities on world-class streams and its rich history in the sport. How much do you know about the Great Lakes State’s fly fishing heritage?
View ArticleJun 4, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Senate Republicans Vote to Weaken Protections for Great Lakes

Press Releases
Proposed law would prohibit state from setting protections more stringent than Washington's without legislative approval
Read MoreMay 5, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: State’s Supreme Court restores citizens’ right to protect resources; but AG Schuette wants reconsideration

Michigan Environmental Report
The right of Michiganders to sue to protect the state’s natural resources was restored by the Michigan Supreme Court in a decision made in late December with input from a Michigan Environmental Council legal brief, but the citizen rights may be short-lived if Attorney General Bill Schuette has his way.
View ArticleMar 24, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Blueprint for a better Michigan, circa 2060, released by MEC

Michigan Environmental Report
The first public draft of a sweeping vision for a thriving, sustainable Michigan in the year 2060 was released this fall for public input.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC weighs in at Supreme Court

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council has filed an amicus brief in a key Michigan Supreme Court case involving the right of citizens of Michigan to take legal action to protect the state’s natural resources. An amicus brief is a “friend of the court” argument filed by a party with an interest—but no direct involvement—in the court case.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Water Protection

Asian carp expert: Great Lakes tributaries may be more at risk than the lakes themselves

Michigan Environmental Report
Google “Asian carp,” and you’ll return 348,000 hits. Not as many as Lindsay Lohan (21.3 million) but still plenty of choices from which to glean information on the voracious fish knocking on the door of the Great Lakes.
View ArticleDec 14, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan 50 Year Vision

Research Reports
The Vision outlines goals – and intermediate steps – to get Michigan to a year 2060 where energy needs are met cleanly and affordably; thriving centers of commerce prosper in harmony with our Great Lakes and other natural assets; and people thrive in dynamic neighborhoods that have easy access to efficient transportation options, healthy local food and cultural amenities.
Download ReportDec 9, 2010

Lakes, rivers get key protection with phosphorus restrictions for lawn fertilizer

Press Releases
The Michigan Legislature has passed restrictions on excess phosphorus in lawn fertilizer. The nutrient accelerates weed and algae growth.
Read MoreDec 2, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Groups applaud Michigan House passage of key water protection rules restricting phosphorus in lawn fertilizer

Press Releases
A bill restricting the use of phosphorus in lawn fertilizer will help keep Michigan's lakes and ponds free from runaway algae and weed growth.
Read MoreSep 23, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Natural gas frenzy raises questions about toxic chemicals, water use

Michigan Environmental Report
An explosion of interest in natural gas exploration in Michigan has set the stage for a new gas rush that could stimulate the economy, fund key state environmental programs and bring a measure of energy independence. But it also has the potential to contaminate drinking water, mar natural landscapes and degrade the Great Lakes ecosystem.
View ArticleAug 31, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Water Protection

More toxic chemicals, huge water withdrawals expected with natural gas boom in Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
A prospective new natural gas boom in Michigan is rekindling old concerns and raising new environmental and public health issues.
View ArticleAug 31, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

What’s in your shale layer?

Michigan Environmental Report
Below is a partial list of chemicals used by hydraulic fracturing companies in Pennsylvania, according to research by that state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Companies are not required to disclose the amounts or types of chemicals used in their fracking fluids.
View ArticleAug 30, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Phosphate-free dish detergent now the law in Michigan; healthier lawn fertilizer up next

Michigan Environmental Report
Phosphorus in automatic dishwasher detergents became a thing of the past in Michigan when a statewide ban took effect on July 1.
View ArticleAug 22, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Legislation would raid bond money intended to keep sewage out of the Great Lakes

Press Releases
Voters intended their money to be used to keep the Great Lakes waters clean; legislators want to use it to clean up contaminated land caused by polluters.
Read MoreAug 18, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Obama nominates former MEC chief Lana Pollack to International Joint Commission

Michigan Environmental Report
Former Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack has been appointed by President Barack Obama as nominee for Commissioner on the International Joint Commission.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Press statement: Mining approval misguided

Press Releases
Appeal expected in attempt to force regulators to protect Lake Superior and its tributaries
Read MoreJan 14, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Wetlands deal: Bright spot in a bleak picture for funding natural resource protection

Michigan Environmental Report
MIchigan—not Washington DC—will maintain control of the state’s wetlands under a deal reached in large part because of the aggressive advocacy of Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) member group Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.
View ArticleDec 1, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Wetlands program saved, but state budget puts the Great Lakes and public health at serious risk

Press Releases
The legislature will return to Lansing today to put the final touches on a bill that will keep Michigan’s wetlands program running at the state level for an additional three years. Proposals had been made to send the program back to the federal government to operate on a limited basis.
Read MoreOct 1, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

House plan lets Michigan protect Great Lakes and state’s wetlands

Press Releases
Michigan’s environmental community today applauded efforts in the Michigan House Great Lakes and the Environment committee to preserve state-based protection of Michigan’s wetlands and Great Lakes waters.
Read MoreSep 28, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

Michigan’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Process for Planning and Watershed Management

Research Reports
This print and audio webinar will help you learn about Michigan’s new water withdrawal laws and how those involved with stewardship of our water resources can play a part in the water withdrawal decision making process. The workshop is designed for three audiences: 1) local water-resource advocates (watershed groups, lake associations, environmental groups, etc.); 2) local governmental planning and zoning practitioners; and 3) community/economic development officers in local governments.
Download ReportSep 28, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Pact reached: Nestlé agrees to reduced water taking in Mecosta County

Michigan Environmental Report
A grassroots Michigan group declared victory on behalf of the state’s water resources in July after a protracted nine-year battle with an international corporation’s water bottling operation in West Michigan. Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC), an MEC member group, stopped Nestlé Waters North America from pumping more water from a stressed stream in Mecosta County as part of a settlement agreement announced July 7.
View ArticleAug 28, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Goliath, meet Rusty Gates

Michigan Environmental Report
An undeveloped stretch of the Au Sable River—revered by fly fishermen and solitude seekers—will remain that way after a huge victory over oil and gas developers by MEC member groups Anglers of the Au Sable and the Sierra Club.
View ArticleFeb 16, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation continues fight for water rights; Nestlé asks for court do-over

Michigan Environmental Report
The legal battle of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) v Nestlé has taken another turn.
View ArticleFeb 15, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Great Lakes Health Banner making a comeback!

Michigan Environmental Report
The Great Lakes Health Banner—a powerful documentary of the work of Great Lakes and Michigan organizations concerned about the health effects of toxins and the lack of effective action by elected officials—is making a comeback.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Kennecott still lacks state, federal permits to proceed with mine plan

Michigan Environmental Report
The proposed Kennecott nickel mine that would threaten the headwaters of several Lake Superior tributaries with acid mine drainage contamination is not a done deal by any means, according to Upper Peninsula groups working to safeguard the region’s water resources.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Land Use

Great Lakes Compact: Key protections for world’s greatest freshwater resource

Press Releases
Congressional passage of the Great Lakes Compact provides important new protections from large-scale water diversions and a framework for strengthening state water laws, a coalition of Michigan environmental groups said today.
Read MoreSep 23, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Water Protection

Agreement scores new, concrete protections for Michigan water resources

Press Releases
A bipartisan agreement announced today establishes important and concrete protections for Michigan’s streams and makes water conservation an integral part of the state’s water stewardship efforts.
Read MoreJun 23, 2008

Compact OK’d, but important water safeguards overlooked by State Senate

Michigan Environmental Report
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.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Great Lakes, Water Protection

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

Michigan Environmental Report
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.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Controversial UP mine gets state approvals, faces NWF lawsuit

Michigan Environmental Report
A controversial proposed nickel mine in the Upper Peninsula (UP) faces administrative appeals and a lawsuit after it received approvals from both the Michigan departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

All wet? Volunteers are needed to keep an eye on health of marshes

Michigan Environmental Report
Volunteers throughout Michigan are being recruited to monitor marsh bird and amphibian populations as part of a unique bi-national research program.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Coalition, MEC continue to pound halls of State Capitol in push for water protection

Michigan Environmental Report
The Great Lakes, Great Michigan coalition continued to push for strong water withdrawal legislation and approval of the Great Lakes Compact throughout the fall and winter. Negotiations with key legislators and stakeholders were continuing at press time.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

The Au Sable gets a scouring

Michigan Environmental Report
Volunteers galore hit the water the weekend after Labor Day for the Anglers of the Au Sable’s 13th annual River Cleanup, scouring more than 90 miles of stream.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Kent County initiative aims to keep septic sewage from burbling into waterways, drinking water supplies

Michigan Environmental Report
About one million gallons of untreated waste from toilets and drains are leaking from septic systems each day in Kent County, fouling streams, endangering human health and driving up costs for homeowners and taxpayers, according to a report released in July by Clean Water Fund.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Great Lakes, Great Michigan coalition backs strong water protection legislation

Michigan Environmental Report
Strong legislation to protect the Great Lakes from water diversion and the harmful impacts of water withdrawals and to commit Michigan to the eight-state Great Lakes Compact was introduced in early July. The Michigan Environmental Council and key allies are watchdogging this legislation as it begins its journey through the committee process, trying to garner bipartisan support and the strongest possible package to protect the state’s water-dependent heritage, economy and way of life.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Coast Guard, Smithsonian fail to provide ballast records to MEC

Michigan Environmental Report
Records of ballast water uptakes and discharges by international vessels in the Great Lakes are received and processed by the United States Coast Guard and the Smithsonian Institution.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Recreational boaters asked to help thwart spread of invaders

Michigan Environmental Report
Recreational boaters cannot stop international vessels from dumping Asian or European ballast water into the lakes they treasure. But they can take steps to prevent the spread of the invasive organisms that come with the ballast.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Great Lakes protections on DC agenda

Michigan Environmental Report
Congress currently has before it many initiatives that could protect and restore our water resources. Your help is needed to make these initiatives become reality. Contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the following bills:
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

Neighbors of Grand Traverse area cherry plant force cleanup, changes

Michigan Environmental Report
After six years enduring intense smells and numerous discharges of maraschino cherry wastewater from the Williamsburg Receiving & Storage Co. (WRS), a group of neighbors, supported by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC), reached a settlement in Grand Traverse County Circuit Court earlier this year.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Blatant bulldozing again puts Traverse City resort at epicenter of beach grooming furor

Michigan Environmental Report
The blatant bulldozing of a Lake Michigan coastal wetland by a Traverse City resort has again focused public attention on the “beach grooming” controversy as the summer of 2007 approaches.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection

Guns on Great Lakes fall silent

Michigan Environmental Report
Machine gun training spewing unregulated amounts of toxic lead into Great Lakes sediment was halted—then shelved indefinitely—by the U.S. Coast Guard after a chorus of objections from across the region.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Proposed nickel mine clears its first hurdle

Michigan Environmental Report
A proposed Upper Peninsula nickel mine that would create dangerous toxic acid and endanger a pristine ecosystem got preliminary approval in January from Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Land Use

You can protect the Great Lakes and build a stronger coastal community with Smart Growth strategies

Research Reports
Stormwater runoff carries pollution straight into Michigan’s lakes, rivers, and streams. In Michigan’s coastal regions, development patterns impact the quality, quantity and velocity of stormwater runoff entering the Great Lakes. New federal requirements based on the Clean Water Act require communities to address this increasing problem. Many Michigan communities are establishing plans to address stormwater runoff, today and into the future.
Download ReportOct 30, 2006

Something's Amuck: Algae blooms return to Michigan shores

Research Reports
Repulsive, potentially toxic clumps of algae are likely to reappear this summer to plague swimmers and beachcombers from the bays of Grand Traverse to the shores of Lake Erie. The troubling return of algae is a throwback to the days when rampant pollution of the Great Lakes led researchers to declare Lake Erie "dead" in the 1970s. And it is a warning that the state can not afford to ignore, concludes a report released by the Michigan Environmental Council. "Something's Amuck: Algae blooms return to Michigan shores" illustrates how invasive species, combined with legal loopholes that encourage phosphorus pollution, have opened the door for algae's comeback.
Download ReportJun 1, 2006
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Great Lakes

Smart Growth for Clean Water: Innovative strategies for NPDES Phase II Stormwater Management in Michigan

Research Reports
Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the nation's leading threats to clean water. Rain and snowmelt running over parking lots, roofs, over-fertilized lawns and open construction sites wash dirt, chemicals and bacteria into the water we drink. Communities across Michigan are developing plans to comply with federal stormwater reduction requirements. Smart Growth tools can help Michigan communities find their own, unique ways to address the water quality impacts of land use changes, development and stormwater runoff.
Download ReportJun 1, 2005
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