Hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and other outdoor activities are part of Michigan’s culture and way of life. Nearly 84% of Michiganders feel that outdoor recreation is important. 194,000 Michigan jobs and more than $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenues come from outdoor recreation.
Clean Water Action’s “Protect Pure Michigan” campaign, launched earlier this year, seeks to protect the state’s air, land, water and Great Lakes from climate change impacts and dangerous pollution. The campaign traveled to Traverse City to speak with business owners there who often rely on tourism to keep their doors open and organized a “business after hours” event at Right Brain Brewery. There, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort CEO, Jim MacInnes, spoke about climate change impacts on his business. Read more
October 29, 2013 - Download the full letter (PDF)
Members of the 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee:
As you begin conference deliberations for a final Farm Bill package, we urge you to maintain provisions adopted in S. 954 that would provide stronger tools in the newly established Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) within the Conservation Title to help agricultural producers manage nutrients more effectively in order to improve water quality in local watersheds. Nutrient runoff is the greatest water quality challenge facing the United States today.
By Charles Griffith - Climate & Energy Program Director, Ecology Center
More than 35,000 people attended National Plug-In Day activities in more than 100 cities across the country at the end of September--including at least two here in Michigan.
Event organizer, Hardik Bhansali (shown at right with his Tesla) and other electric-car owners and enthusiasts had some beautiful weather to show off their vehicles and tout their benefits at events at Washtenaw Community College and at Saline's Octoberfest.
On July 14th Washington, DC became the first major city on the East Coast to ban polystyrene foam food containers! Clean Water Action has been campaigning around this issue for months and thanks its many supporters who wrote letters in support of the ban to City Council members. These harmful petroleum-based containers are non-biodegradable and account for up to a fourth of the trash polluting the Anacostia River. Banning polystyrene is huge victory for the District and is an essential step in cleaning up the city’s rivers, wetlands and streams.
American Canoe Association - American Forests - American Rivers - Clean Water Action - International Fly Fishers Federation - Izaak Walton League of America - Natural Resources Defense Council - New Mexico Wilderness Alliance -River Network - Sierra Club - The Wilderness Society - WildEarth Guardians
July 21, 2014
The Honorable Thomas Vilsack
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20250
The Honorable Thomas Tidwell
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Yates Building, 5th Floor, NW Wing
201 14th St, SW
Washington, DC 20250
RE: Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive
In 2012, when Duke Energy’s Dan River coal-fired power plant in Eden, North Carolina was retired, many local residents may have thought that they were now free of the plant’s worst pollution. Unfortunately, plants of this type can leave a lasting pollution legacy, including coal ash waste which can remain toxic for decades. At the Dan River plant the coal ash was stored in an unlined pond on the edge of the Dan River.
In February 2014, a storm water pipe under the pond broke, draining toxic coal ash into the Dan River. By the time the pipe had been sealed a week later, 27 million gallons of slurry and 80,000 tons of coal ash had been dumped into the river, causing untold economic and environmental damage. The Dan River supplies drinking water to the town of Danville, just across the border in Virginia.
New policies to be proposed by the Obama Administration would finally restore protection for all streams and wetlands.
The long-anticipated move follows more than a decade of campaigning by Clean Water Action and allies, and seeing this restoration of Clean Water Act protections through to completion is a top priority. Read more
New England Currents
A Letter From Your Drinking Water
Here I am on my journey towards the Boston area, leaving the Quabbin Reservoir, on my way to your tap. Did you know that I save you millions of dollars with my well-buffered source water so pollution clean-up costs don't have to be added to your drinking water bill? (Don't worry, I get disinfected like all public drinking water supplies before you drink me, but cleanup needs are minimal because my sources are protected!)
My situation in New England, however, is a special one. Did you know that up until just last month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections that were weakened under the Bush Administration, drinking water for 8.8 million New Englanders was at risk of being polluted... legally?