Protecting The Great Lakes and Michigan's Water

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Great Lakes Awards Celebration 2020 - Postponed

The 2020 Great Lakes Awards Ceremony has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Shut Down the Line 5 Pipeline

Line 5: A History

What is Enbridge Line 5?

STATEMENT: Clean Water Action applauds Governor Whitmer for taking action on PFAS

“For too long, Michigan residents have faced uncertainty about whether the water coming from their taps is safe for their families to drink. By requesting an administrative rule-making process to set a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS chemicals, Governor Whitmer has shown that she is ready to put Michigan families and our drinking water first."

From We All Live Downstream

Calendar counting down to May 12th, 2021 - Deadline for Line 5 Shutdown
November 28, 2020

On November 13th, after 15 months of reviewing violations of Enbridge’s 1953 easement to operate Line 5, Governor Whitmer and the Department of Natural Resources revoked and terminated the 1953 easement allowing Line 5 to operate in the Straits of Mackinac. This was a huge victory, and is something that Clean Water Action and our allies have been demanding and working towards for years. We are celebrating this victory, but the fight to decommission Line 5 continues.  Here are the most relevant moving pieces and next steps.

Warnings "Do Not Eat The Fish" due to PFAS in multiple languages
August 25, 2020

In states across the country, Clean Water Action is tackling the PFAS pollution problem. PFAS (per- and polyflyoroalkyl substances) is known as the "forever chemical" because it persists in the environment and in our bodies. It is associated with a range of health harms from cancers to liver impacts to reproductive issues.  PFAS can impact communities in a variety of ways so we will be share updates from spots across the country in the coming weeks to highlight some of these local impacts. Stay tuned and let us know if you'd like to get involved locally!

Kramer Newman
February 18, 2020

In a very memorable episode of Seinfeld, Kramer and Newman take off in Newman’s mail truck loaded down with empty pop cans to return in Michigan for a tidy profit of 10 cents per can. The scheme was hatched in Jerry’s apartment, and their initial run was to be a sort of test to see whether or not a massive operation of muling pop cans into Michigan to defraud our bottle bill program was feasible.