Clean Water Action works tirelessly to protect our Great Lakes and our communities every day. Thanks to your help, we accomplished a lot this year:
We fought to increase the use of home-grown renewable energy in Michigan, pushing state policymakers to replace dirty coal plants, like Lansing's Eckert power plant, with clean wind and solar power generation.
We worked to make sure that coal ash dumps in our state are managed responsibly, pushing for closure and cleanup of these sites—including one on the Michigan State University campus—before they contaminate our environment any further.
We helped get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue strong rules to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. And we won our fight against toxic water pollution from power plants, slashing the discharge of pollutants like mercury, arsenic and lead into our waters.
We collected 130,000 letters, postcards and emails to the EPA, winning adoption of a rule that will restore Clean Water Act protection to small streams that provide drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans! We enlisted support from dozens of municipalities, along with hundreds of local and state elected officials, and over 400 nonprofit organizations and businesses—and generated dozens of editorials, guest opinion columns and letters to the editor supporting clean water.
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.
There are 21 power plants in Michigan that dump toxic wastewater into lakes, streams, and rivers. They dump millions of pounds of pollution* into our water every year. Click on the icons on the map to learn more about the power plant in your community.
Help us stop this toxic mess. Click here to tell EPA to end Power Plant Water Pollution