Cleaning Up Michigan's Beaches

Clean Michigan’s Coastal Shorelines!
September 19th, 2015
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Join us at one of these beaches!
  • Belle Isle State Park, Detroit
  • Sterling State Park, Monroe
  • Lake St. Clair Metro Beach, Macomb County

In previous beach cleanups, Clean Water Action volunteers helped remove over 400 lbs. of garbage from Southeast Michigan’s shoreline. Join other Clean Water members as we help improve the health of our beautiful Great Lakes beaches this year.

This is a great event for school groups, families, religious groups, Boy and Girl Scouts and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Not only do you get the satisfaction of making the shorelines beautiful, but information on the waste you collect is used to raise awareness of the issue of coastal pollution and encourage policies and programs to address it.

All materials for the cleanup included. Click here to register. Looking forward to seeing you there!

State Officials Will Develop First-Ever Plan to Limit Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

Plan must comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

 LANSING – Today, state leaders announced that they intend to develop a State Carbon Implementation Plan (SCIP) to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants for the first time in history. The SCIP must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was introduced on August 3 or be subject to the federal implementation plan.

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09/01/2015 - 13:00

Protect the Great Lakes – Shut Down Line 5

Take action today to shut down the Line 5 pipelines and protect the Great Lakes from a potential pipeline disaste.

Line 5 carries nearly 23 million gallons of oil through a pair of 62 year old oil pipelines running along the bottom of the Mackinac Straits and threaten the Great Lakes, surrounding communities and Michigan’s economy. The pipelines are owned by Enbridge, Inc., the Canadian company responsible for the spill of 1 million gallons of heavy tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River watershed in 2010.

Michigan Needs a Strong Clean Power Plan!

#ActOnClimateAct on climate change now and tell Governor Snyder to develop an implementation plan that protects the Great Lakes state!

Campaign to Governor & Attorney General: Shut Down Enbridge’s “Line 5” Oil Pipelines & Launch Transparent Public Process

LANSING – In a report released today, Governor Rick Snyder’s Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force went public today with recommendations that hold some promise but lack a commitment to an open public process and immediate protective actions, leaving the Great Lakes and Michigan’s economy – with one in five jobs tied to abundant, high quality fresh water – vulnerable to a catastrophic oil spill from a pair of aging pipelines that push 23 million gallons of oil a day through the Straits of Mackinac, said leaders of the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign.
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07/14/2015 - 11:29

Cleaning Up White Lake: A Story of Citizen Action

By Tanya Cabala, White Lake Public Advisory Council

Decades of persistence by grassroots citizens has paid off for the White Lake area, in northern Muskegon County, Michigan, where the value of the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has also been clearly demonstrated.  

The White Lake area, on the West Michigan shoreline in northern Muskegon County, was a sleepy, but scenic resort community when it innocently embraced the chemical manufacturing era in the 1950s. The people who lived there appreciated the good-paying jobs and newfound prosperity, but ended up paying a steep price when pollution from some of the companies damaged White Lake and put the community in the national spotlight as a poster child for pollution in the late 1970s.

Michigan Currents - Summer 2015

Michigan Currents
summer 2015 edition

Protecting the Great Lakes State

On Earth Day, Clean Water Action partnered with State Representatives Sarah Roberts, Jeff Irwin, Gretchen Driskell and Tom Cochran to introduce a package of bills calling for more state protections from oil and gas pipelines throughout Michigan. 

Enbridge’s 62 year-old Line 5 pipelines run under the Straits of Mackinac, carrying nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil every day through the middle of the Great Lakes. Built during the Eisenhower administration, the aging infrastructure poses a significant threat to the Great Lakes. Read more.

A Huge Victory for Our Water in Michigan and Across the Nation

Lansing - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for 1 in 7 Michigan residents at risk of pollution and destruction. Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.

Clean Water Action's Michigan Director, Nic Clark, released this statement

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05/27/2015 - 15:18

New Michigan Pipeline Secrecy Bill Slammed; Industry Proposal Would Hide Safety Records

LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.  

The sweeping bill, House Bill 4540, which would amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, goes beyond federal rules governing pipeline records disclosure.  It would exempt virtually all oil and natural gas pipeline information from public disclosure and is being sought by Enbridge, responsible in 2010 for the nation’s largest inland oil spill near Kalamazoo.  

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05/05/2015 - 15:07

Bills to Increase Michigan’s Renewable Energy Standard a Huge Step Forward

Clean sources can and must replace dirty, expensive coal

LANSING – Today, leaders in Lansing introduced a package of bills that would increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022.

“Coming on the heels of Earth Day, this step forward in protecting and preserving our Great Lakes and environment for future generations is a welcome announcement,” said Nic Clark, state director of Clean Water Action. “We applaud our legislators for working to keep our communities healthy and strong.”

The bills contrast sharply with legislation introduced In March that would corrupt Michigan’s renewable energy standard by classifying burning hazardous waste like tires and trash as clean energy.

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04/23/2015 - 15:04
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