The Clean Water Blog

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Protecting Michigan's Water Together

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. We simply could not have been as successful educating and holding lawmakers accountable, electing environmental champions, and slowing the attacks on our air, water and communities without the support of friends and members like you. But despite our victories this year - and we had quite a few of them! - there is still a lot of work to be done. I’m reaching out to ask that you join us as we continue the fight for a clean water future for all Michiganders. Can you contribute today?

We had a busy year. Our staff knocked on over 250,000 doors in 2018, speaking with voters about PFAS and lead contamination, Nestle’s water grab, climate change and clean energy, water infrastructure, septic system failures, and Line 5. We mobilized members to take action and make their voices heard by submitting public comments, contacting their elected officials, participating at citizen lobby events and democracy trainings - and showing up in August and November to vote.

But as you know, just because the election is over doesn’t mean that we’re taking a break.  These past two weeks, we’ve seen a lame duck legislature return to Lansing and introduce more than 200 bills – many of which are direct attacks on our air, water, Great Lakes, and democracy.  We assume that the officials we elect to represent us are on our side, doing what is needed to protect our water. But that’s not necessarily the case these days. That’s why we’re committed to keeping members informed and fighting back against the stranglehold that corporate lobbyists have over our democracy. We need your help to ensure that we can continue holding elected officials accountable and fighting for our Great Lakes and drinking water.

There is no shortage of challenges that need to be confronted here in Michigan.  We remain the only state in the United States that lacks a statewide septic code.  Michigan’s power plants discharge pollutants into rivers and streams and contaminate our Great Lakes. Detroit and Flint continue to struggle with the effects of outdated water infrastructure and lead in their drinking water. Nearly three dozen Michigan communities are being impacted by PFAS contamination.  And, yes, we still have a massive oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac that could fail any day. You can be confident about one thing: your contribution today will make a difference.

Clean Water Action is more committed than ever to these fights. We know our members agree - nothing is more important than protecting our Great Lakes.  With your contribution today, we can continue the critical campaigns to shut down Line 5, protect our wetlands, fight climate change, safeguard our communities, and ensure a future where all Michiganders can access and enjoy our most precious resource.

Our elected officials have a moral obligation to stand up for the health of our children and Great Lakes by ensuring our waters are protected for future generations. We hope you will join us in sending that message to Lansing in 2019.

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to protecting our water for the future