Great Lakes, Great Michigan Coalition

Protecting Our Water for Future Generations

Water is what makes Michigan great. Yet Michigan's water use laws need to be strengthened so that large corporations, like mining and water bottling companies, aren't allowed to treat our Great Lakes as their own, even sending Michigan's waters to other states and countries. Irresponsible water users already have dried up wells, ponds, and wetlands across the state, leaving Michigan citizens and natural resources to pay the price for unregulated use of our state's water.

A broad coalition of lakes defenders have proposed strong new measures to keep our water from being shipped out of the Great Lakes and protect Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams from the impacts of water withdrawals.
The Great Lakes, Great Michigan coalition is led by:

  • Clean Water Action
  • Environment Michigan
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation
  • Michigan Environmental Council
  • Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter
  • Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Coalition members include (as of April 2008)

  • Bazzani Associates
  • Burt Lake Preservation Association
  • Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
  • Clean Water Action
  • Clinton River Watershed Council
  • Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Detroit Riverkeeper
  • Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
  • East Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Ecology Center
  • Environment Michigan
  • Flint River Watershed Coalition
  • Freshwater Future (formerly Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund)
  • Global Infusion
  • Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters
  • Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID)
  • Great Lakes Bioneers
  • Greening of Detroit
  • Huron River Watershed Council
  • Indian River Chamber of Commerce
  • Interface Fabrics
  • Justice and Peace Task Force of Plymouth United Church in Christ
  • League of Women Voters of Michigan
  • Lott3Metz Architecture, LLC
  • Macomb NOW
  • Michigan Association of Paddlesport Providers
  • Michigan Citizen Action
  • Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation
  • Michigan Division of the Izaak Walton League
  • Michigan Environmental Council
  • Michigan Farmers Union
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC)
  • Muskegon Save Our Shoreline
  • Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC)
  • Onsite Wastewater of Northwest Michigan
  • Panthers for Social Justice (formally Gray Panthers of Huron Valley)
  • Paul H. Young Chapter, Trout Unlimited
  • Pere Marquette Watershed Council
  • Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association (PCLA)
  • The Religious Coalition for the Great Lakes
  • Republicans for Environmental Protection
  • SEEDS
  • Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter
  • Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit
  • Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • St. Clair Channel Keeper
  • Sustainable Research Group
  • Superior Watershed Partnership
  • Thomas J. Newhouse-Design
  • Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
  • Trillium Haven Farm
  • Voices for Earth Justice
  • The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay
  • West Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • White Lake Association
  • White River Chapter of Michigan Salmon and Steelheaders Association
  • White River Watershed Partnership
  • Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve