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Senate passes bill that politicizes Natural Resources Trust Fund

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Legislation passed Wednesday by the state Senate would change longstanding practices for managing the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have proven effective at keeping the fund's allocations nonpartisan and above the political fray over its four-decade history of purchasing and developing high-value outdoor recreation sites across the state, the Michigan Environmental Council said.
Read MoreMay 24, 2017

MEC Testimony on SB 129 – Small Native Copper Mines

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Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), a coalition of more than 65 member organizations across the state, has long been involved in the discussion surrounding the new wave of non-ferrous metallic mineral mining in the state. In 2004, MEC was involved in a stakeholder process that developed the current Part 632 nonferrous mining legislation that unanimously passed the legislature. That bill included significant protections to the environment, ensuring that a full environmental assessment was completed, addressing the issue of acid rock drainage, setting bonds at a sufficient level to cover the state’s cost to fix any problems that may arise, and attempting to address perpetual care issues that face mining. While we understand the desire to exempt some small native copper mines from the strenuous requirements of Part 632, and we thank Sen. Casperson and Rep. Kivela for their hard work on the bill, we believe that SB 129 exemptions to Part 632 still expose the state and natural resources to undue risk. Our overarching concern, as it was in the drafting of Part 632, is the high risk of “acid mine drainage,” or the generation of acid created with sulfide-based materials are exposed to air and water. We feel that SB 129 as drafted does not adequately address the risk of ARD, but this could be resolved with more careful rewording to better define the types of operations covered under the bill’s proposed exemptions.
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President's Column: Lessons learned from serving on the Flint Water Advisory Task Force

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Last October I received a phone call that would dramatically impact me professionally and personally. It was Gov. Rick Snyder’s office calling, asking me to serve as co-chair of the governor’s Flint Water Advisory Task Force. The task force’s charge was to determine what happened in Flint and why, and to provide recommendations on how to prevent this from ever happening again. The group would meet for five months, release three letters to the governor and issue a final report that contained 36 findings and 44 recommendations.
View ArticleSep 7, 2016  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

Mona Hanna-Attisha: Unwavering voice for Flint’s children

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Some pediatricians give kids a lollipop after a checkup. The deal’s a lot sweeter at Mona Hanna-Attisha’s clinic at Hurley Children’s Center in Flint. “Dr. Mona,” as she’s known around town, sends patients’ families out the door with a $10 voucher to buy fresh, healthy food at the Flint Farmers’ Market—no extra trip required, since the clinic is on the second floor of the market building. It’s also across the street from the bus station, providing an important connection in a city where 40 percent of residents live beneath the poverty line and many families don’t have a car. It’s a setup that embodies Hanna-Attisha’s integrated approach to medicine and her belief that quality pediatric care can’t be separated from good nutrition and a healthy, stimulating environment. That prescription is needed more urgently than ever in a city whose children already faced daunting struggles before their drinking water was contaminated with toxic, brain-damaging lead.
View ArticleJul 15, 2016  •  Spring/Summer 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC: Waukesha's Great Lakes withdrawal proposal doesn't hold water

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A Wisconsin city has failed to demonstrate a sufficient need to divert water from Lake Michigan, and Gov. Rick Snyder should use his authority under the 2008 Great Lakes Compact to reject the proposed withdrawal, the Michigan Environmental Council said Tuesday.
Read MoreMar 1, 2016

MEC Comments - DEQ OGL Water Strategy

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The Michigan Environmental Council, a coalition of more than 65 member-based organizations across the state, has reviewed the draft document, “Sustaining Michigan’s Water Heritage: A Strategy for the Next Generation,” created by the Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. We want to commend OGL for the hard work and dedication necessary to draft such an impressive catalog of risks and proposed actions on behalf of Michigan’s waters. As a member of the OGL’s voluntary “Water Cabinet,” MEC is familiar with the document and appreciative of the opportunity to consult with OGL at several intervals over that last several years as the draft strategy was compiled and revised. As the OGL plans official delivery of the report to Gov. Snyder, and develops media strategies and outreach plans for promotion and adoption, MEC offers the following comments. We offer these as suggestions that we feel would help OGL further refine and strengthen the impressive document, elevate its status, and increase the likelihood of implementation by lawmakers, water stakeholders and advocates and the public.
Download ReportAug 28, 2015

Cleaning Up White Lake

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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/Summer 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

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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/Summer 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bringing the Latest Science to the Management of Michigan's Coastal Dunes

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Motivated by increased interest in Michigan coastal dunes following legislative changes to the state critical dune law in 2012, Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) began discussions with many of the state’s leading academic researchers in late 2013, with the idea of developing a funding proposal to the Michigan Coastal Management Program. The result of those conversations is the project, “Bringing the Latest Science to the Management of Michigan’s Coastal Dunes.”
Download ReportJun 10, 2015

Sampling of Historic and Current Court Cases Related to Michigan Dune Law

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Foundational concepts in Michigan dunes case law. By Sean Hammond, JD, Deputy Policy Director, Michigan Environmental Council; Brad Garmon, Director of Conservation and Emerging Issues, Michigan Environmental Council; and Tanya Cabala, Great Lakes Consulting
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Dunes Appendix B: Local Government Phone Interviews

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Dunes Appendix A: Results of Local Government Survey

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Dunes Appendix C: State Coastal Dune Management Comparison

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Dunes Appendix D: Compiled References

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The Emerging Science of Coastal Sand Dune Age and Dynamics: Implications for Regulation and Risk Management in Michigan

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Coastal sand dunes are found in many places along the shores of the Great Lakes. They are particularly common along the western coast of Lower Michigan and the northern shore of Upper Michigan due to three reasons, including 1) the very high supply of fine sand (1-2mm in size) initially deposited during the ice age, 2) the orientation of the shore as it relates to prevailing westerly winds, and 3) the long fetch resulting in unencumbered air flow across Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The interaction of these variables has resulted in spectacular dune fields that collectively embody the largest complex of freshwater dunes in the world. In fact, they rival any coastal dune systems in the world as far as their size and grandeur is concerned, including those in northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, to name a few places where prominent coastal dunes occur.
Download ReportMay 22, 2015
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Funding Michigan's natural resources

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At the Michigan Environmental Council’s 2014 annual meeting of member groups, we assembled a panel of experts to tackle one of the most challenging—and least understood—aspects of Michigan’s environmental and natural resource policy arena: funding. Rather than dive deeply into all the specific budgets of various departments and divisions, we took a different tack, and asked our speakers to think about big trends, philosophies of funding for environmental priorities, and options for the future.
View ArticleMar 19, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

Author challenges environmental groups to reimagine black relationship with nature

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There’s plenty of evidence that American popular culture takes an off-kilter view of who cares about the environment and belongs in the outdoors. On the first night of MEC’s annual meeting in northern Michigan, members gathered around a stone fireplace in a cozy riverside lodge surrounded by woods to explore that concept with geographer and author Carolyn Finney.
View ArticleMar 18, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC lauds Snyder for protecting biodiversity with veto pen

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The Michigan Environmental Council today hailed Gov. Rick Snyder's veto of Senate Bill 78, a misguided piece of anti-science legislation that would have blocked state agencies from designating land to protect biological diversity.
Read MoreJan 15, 2015

MEC lays out policy priorities to move Michigan forward in new legislative term

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Michigan Environmental Council today released a proactive policy agenda outlining actions state leaders should take in the upcoming legislative cycle for a stronger economy, cleaner environment and higher quality of life in the Great Lake State. The list of policy priorities encompasses a broad range of issues, from protecting our water resources and iconic wild places to accelerating our state’s transition to a clean-energy economy, building a modern transportation system and ending lead poisoning in Michigan.
Read MoreDec 22, 2014

DNR dinner spotlights wildlife funding gap

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The numbers confirm what we Michiganders know from experience: We love wildlife. Michigan’s 3.2 million wildlife watchers add $1.2 billion to the state economy every year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
View ArticleDec 2, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Historic climate march creates ripples of hope

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With the sun setting on the New York City skyline behind us, Bill Latka, a filmmaker and leader of the Traverse City chapter of 350.org, read the following passage over the loudspeaker to the 55 exhausted and exhilarated travelers as we began our 18-hour bus ride home: “Organizing a big march is like throwing a rock in a pond: the splash is exciting, but the real beauty is in the ripples.” It was written by one of the organizers of the People’s Climate March, and it rings so true.
View ArticleDec 1, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Will Deregulating Michigan's Toxic Air Emissions Put Residents at Risk?

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Backgrounder on the Proposed Administrative Rule Change. The administration is currently assessing a proposal that would reduce the number of toxic chemicals regulated by more than 500. Changes proposed include 1) Eliminating regulation of toxic chemicals that have not been tested for their impact on public health, and 2) Eliminating regulation of the less toxic non-carcinogen chemicals (regardless of the quantity being emitted).
Download ReportOct 8, 2014

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

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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

Rich Vander Veen: Guiding communities to clean-power prosperity

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Corn and soybeans are the cash crops for brothers Kent and Olin Humm, seventh-generation farmers near the Gratiot County village of Breckenridge. But the payments they receive for the four wind turbines on their 3,000 acres sure don’t hurt. “We’re not out working in the field today,” said Kent Humm in his workshop on a wet spring afternoon, “but we’re still making money.” That’s music to the ears of clean-energy entrepreneur Rich Vander Veen, the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Environmental Council’s Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.
View ArticleJul 3, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

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

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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

Detroit’s Denby High School seniors examine city and their role in reviving it

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Springtime in a high school student’s senior year is full of exciting rituals: the last day of school, the graduation ceremony, the open house. Students at Denby High School on Detroit’s northeast side started a new tradition this year: the Pathway to Transformation.
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Environmental Council applauds federal proposal to cut carbon pollution

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Michigan Environmental Council welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency's action today to curb carbon emissions from power plants, the country's largest source of greenhouse gases. The draft rule announced this morning would require a 30 percent reduction from 2005 levels in power-sector carbon emissions by 2030.
Read MoreJun 2, 2014

Michigan’s Archangel Ancient Tree Archive drawing national notice

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For a tiny nonprofit headquartered in the northern Michigan village of Copemish, the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive sure gets a lot of ink.
View ArticleMay 4, 2014  •  Winter 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Show me your budget, I’ll tell you your values

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“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value,” Vice President Joe Biden is credited with saying. As a former State House Appropriations Committee member, my colleagues and I used to say “policy schmolicy.” All the policy in the world doesn’t matter unless you fund it!
View ArticleMay 3, 2014  •  Winter 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC connects WMU students, state lawmakers on Mackinac Straits oil pipeline issue

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Dozens of Western Michigan University (WMU) students descended on the State Capitol and the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) office Wednesday, asking state legislators to address Enbridge Energy Company’s aging oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
View ArticleFeb 27, 2014

President's Column: Improving Michigan's abysmal recycling rate

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Sometimes it feels like Michigan is stuck in the 1970s, especially when it comes to environmental and conservation issues. One glaring example is recycling. Michigan had one of the first and best bottle deposit laws, and one of the first curbside recycling programs in the country. Since then, some communities have invested in recycling, but not enough. Most of the nation has passed us by.
View ArticleDec 10, 2013  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Governor Milliken joins honorees at MEC's 15th annual awards event

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Former Michigan Governor William Milliken headlined a roster of more than 175 friends and supporters who packed the City Club in Ann Arbor this summer for the Michigan Environmental Council’s 15th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration.
View ArticleSep 23, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

133 Michigan scientists have a message for Governor Rick Snyder: Just say no

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We asked University of Michigan School of Natural Resources Professor Bradley Cardinale, PhD, to answer some of our questions about the anti-biodiversity Senate Bill 78. The legislation would redefine the term “biodiversity” in state law and prohibit state agencies from designating public lands to protect biological diversity. The bill passed the State Senate and was pending in the Michigan House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee at press time.
View ArticleSep 20, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Is it time to take the Kirtland's warbler off the Endangered list?

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The Kirtland’s warbler is North America’s rarest songbird. They winter in the Bahamas, and more than 90 percent return to jack pine forests in northern Michigan each spring. Sounds like a pretty nice life, but the warbler has had a rough go of it. Twice in the past 40 years its population has dipped below 170 breeding pairs as modern forest fire suppression changed its habitat by eliminating the newly grown jack pine scrub forests that emerge from fire-scarred landscapes.
View ArticleSep 20, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

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

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

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

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

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

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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

In Memoriam: Helen Milliken

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

Managing Michigan's State-owned Forests: Harvest Levels, Market Trends and Revenue Realities

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Our new findings indicate that harvests of timber on state-owned land have generally increased--even during the recent recession--and are at or near sustainable levels. Any push for higher harvest and looser state regulation must be evaluated in light of reliable information about timber harvest on state land and the factors driving those harvests. This includes recognition of the multiple and emerging demands being placed on state forestlands, including forest sustainability, emerging timber demand and market shifts, and important recreational demands.
Download ReportApr 23, 2013

Powerful op-eds and on-point letters: Key tools in standing up for Michigan’s natural resources

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Providing the state’s newspapers, niche publications and blogosphere with strong voices on behalf of Michigan’s natural resources is a critical component of the Michigan Environmental Council’s work. We stand ready to provide professional communications and media relations advice to member groups.
View ArticleMar 22, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

For a clean energy future, vote yes on Proposal 3!

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Michiganders have an historic opportunity to move our state into a future of clean, Michigan-made energy by adopting the 25 by 25 renewable energy initiative. Proposal 3 on your ballot this November requires Michigan’s electric utility companies to generate one-quarter of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Voters should adopt the initiative.
View ArticleSep 21, 2012  •  Summer 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Don't believe the naysayers

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Michigan’s utility companies are pouring millions into an expensive political ad campaign to confuse the voters on the renewable energy ballot initiative, Proposal 3. The proposal would raise our renewable electricity standard to 25 percent by 2025. There are plenty of great reasons to support Proposal 3 included in this edition’s special report. But it also is instructive to look at the most prevalent arguments against the ballot proposal and see why you shouldn’t believe the naysayers.
View ArticleSep 21, 2012  •  Summer 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Senate OKs changes to dune protection law

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Builders would have an easier time gaining approval for houses, driveways and other projects in sensitive seaside areas under proposed legislation that would make the first significant changes in Michigan's sand dune protection law in nearly a quarter-century.
View ArticleJun 7, 2012

Legislature moves to gut Michigan's bottle bill

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The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee today voted out legislation that may be the beginning of the end for Michigan’s bottle bill. The proponents of HB 5660 say they are simply trying to exempt new drink “pouches” that are intended to be frozen then emptied into a glass. However, the language of the bill is much broader and would exempt any beverage container that combines metal with plastic, or plastic with paper.
Read MoreJun 5, 2012

Don't Trash Pure Michigan

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Michigan Environmental Council opposes House Bill 5660, which proposes to amend Michigan's successful bottle bill. The legislation looks to exempt alcohol pouch containers from our 10-cent bottle deposit.
View ArticleMay 25, 2012

View from Cleveland: ‘It was no mirage, it was Michigan’

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Occasionally, it takes an outsider to remind us how unique and spectacular our natural resources are in the Mitten State. Such was the case with Cleveland Plain Dealer travel writer Susan Glaser’s July 16 column sharing her awe and reverence during a family trip to Michigan’s West Coast sand dunes.
View ArticleSep 8, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

When our rivers caught fire

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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

Becky Humphries: Steady hand at the DNR

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Becky Humphries' most remarkable qualities were acquired at a tender age. Patience and perseverance were instilled during idyllic summer days at her father's side, fishing with an old-fashioned cane pole.
View ArticleJun 7, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
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Bell ringers: Environmental successes won in recent weeks

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In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

End of an era

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Glen Sheppard, the legendary editor of the North Woods Call, passed away in early January at the age of 74. The Call, his fiercely independent conservation newspaper, has ceased publication.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan’s innovative new state park funding is providing a glimmer of good fiscal news amid a backdrop of budget woes

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Since the Recreation Passport program was introduced in October 2010, almost 20 percent of Michigan drivers have opted to pay the $10 annual park pass fee during their motor vehicle registration renewal. The pass gives unlimited access to all of Michigan’s 98 parks and 1,000 boat launches. It replaced the previous system, which required the purchase of $6 daily park passes or $24 annual passes affixed to windshields.
View ArticleFeb 22, 2011  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
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Michigan 50 Year Vision: Blueprint for a better Michigan, circa 2060 released by Environmental Council

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Road map to a better future seeks input on goals for 2, 10, 20 and 50 years on the path to a vibrant, sustainable Michigan
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PSC sides with MEC, orders Consumers Energy to refund $86 million

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Environmental Council's intervention helps return improperly collected money to Consumers Energy electric customers
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MEC praises choice of Becky Humphries to lead MDNRE

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New director combines leadership, administrative experience and passion for state's natural resources
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Exhibit: A woman’s place is in the woods, and on water, and with the wildlife

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The Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing is going green with a new history exhibit entitled “Resourceful Women: 30 Who Worked to Preserve Michigan’s Water, Woods, and Wildlife” on display through February 19.
View ArticleNov 27, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
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Grand Haven PZC Summary 2009

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A historic court case related to Michigan dune law
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Jemal 2008

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A historic court case related to Michigan dune law
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Melodic “Michigander” preferred by readers over highfalutin’ “Michiganian”

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Last issue, we asked an unbiased question and stood back disinterestedly to see the results: Did readers prefer the term Michigander and its melodic, friendly, open, harmonious ring? Or did they favor the term Michiganian, thus aligning themselves with nonnative, highbrow, overeducated socially sheltered wimps?
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
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Second MEC historical trail marker to celebrate Kirtland’s warbler resurgence

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The second historical marker for a Michigan Environmental Council-sponsored Michigan Conservation Trail was approved by the Michigan Historical Commission this spring. Efforts by communities, scientists and governmental agencies to restore the endangered Kirtland’s warbler are the theme of the marker, which will be installed in the Mio area.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Buford 2008

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Environment Michigan pushes to revive Michigan’s waning wilderness program

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

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

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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

Detroit River: Ruin and recovery

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The incredible story of the Detroit River’s decline and resurgence was commemorated Sept. 1 with the placement of the first historical marker on Michigan’s Conservation Trail at the gateway to the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge in Trenton.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Heaphy 2006

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A historic court case related to Michigan dune law
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Dune Harbor 2005

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A historic court case related to Michigan dune law
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Onekama 2005

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Jankowski 2001

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A historic court case related to Michigan dune law
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Brolick 1999

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A historic court case related to Michigan dune law
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Atlas of Designated and Critical Sand Dune Areas

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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Geological Survey Division, 1989
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Beede et al 1987 Sand Dune Management Project

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A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the Master's degree requirements at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources. April 1987
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