Protecting The Great Lakes and Michigan's Water

Michigan Currents -- Spring-Summer 2018

Michigan Currents - Spring | Summer 2018

In this issue: Updating Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule; Pledge to Hold Lawmakers Accountable; The Oil Industry’s Line 5 Plan – An Oil Tunnel through the Heart of the Great Lakes; Grand Haven Beach Cleanup; Water is Life – 2018 Great Lakes Awards Celebration; Michigan needs a strong statewide sanitary code

Mackinac Bridge

Pledge to hold Shady Schuette Accountable!

Sign our pledge today to get involved with our efforts to hold Bill Schuette accountable for his record of protecting major corporate polluters at the expense of the Great Lakes.

Clean Water Action Releases Lame Duck Scorecard

“During the 2018 election, water was consistently one of the top issues on voters’ minds. They came to the polls in record numbers and elected leaders who promised to champion our Great Lakes and environment,” said Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action. “During lame duck, unaccountable lawmakers and corporate lobbyists worked hand in hand to gut protections to those same resources that Michigan voters overwhelmingly supported greater protection for in November. Our lame duck scorecard, really only tracks the worst of the worst – bills that aim to cause irreparable harm to our water, and subvert our democratic values,” continued Brady-Enerson.

Michigan House Oversight Committee Must Investigate DEQ Inaction on PFAS

LANSING, MI – Information recently obtained by MLive through Freedom of Information Act requests has revealed that the Department of Environmental Quality has known about the dangers of PFAS and its prevalence in Michigan for at least six years.

From We All Live Downstream

Michigan Capitol building / photo: Denny Green, Clean Water
January 28, 2019

Lame Duck Heroes and Zeros

The end of 2018 was record-breaking. After passing 351 bills over the course of the first 22 months of Michigan’s 99th legislative session, lawmakers passed a whopping 408 bills in a frenzied four-week long lame duck session. This was the busiest and the most environmentally destructive lame duck session in state history. Many of the bills passed were so widely unpopular that sponsors neglected to introduce them until after things died down post general election.

Great Lakes / photo: flickr.com/gsfc (CC BY 2.0)
December 13, 2018

As I take time to reflect on what we’ve done this year, I’m struck by the tremendous progress we’ve made together. We’ve done a lot in 2018 to ensure a future where all Michiganders have access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.

Lake Michigan, photo: flickr.com/elviskennedy  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
December 3, 2018

The Michigan lame duck legislature is racing to pass attacks on our water before the new legislature and Governor are seated in January. We need all Michigan clean water activists to help fight back by making two quick phone calls, one to your State House Representative and one to your State Senator, asking them to oppose the multiple anti-environment and anti-democratic initiatives that corporate lobbyists have pushed lawmakers to pursue during this backward and unaccountable session.