Civic Engagement and Elections in Michigan

Clean Water Action builds grassroots strength in Michigan to impact environmental policy in Washington, D.C., in Lansing, and at home in our communities.

Michigan Executive Scorecard 2019-2020

Michigan Executive Branch Midterm Scorecard 2019-2020

Governor Whitmer, Attorney General Nessel, and Secretary of State Benson had their work cut out for them when they were sworn into office in 2019.

Leading Environmental Organizations Endorse Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State

LANSING- Today, Clean Water Action  and Sierra Club Michigan Chapter announced their endorsement of Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State

From We All Live Downstream

Clean Water 50 Stories: Senator Jeff Irwin quote. "We absolutely need groups like Clean Water..."
May 23, 2022

To celebrate Clean Water Action's 50th anniversary, we’re sharing our history and journey with the people who have joined us along the way as we worked to protect clean water through #CleanWater50Stories. Michigan Senator Jeff Irwin has long been a champion on the issues that affect water resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes. In his time in the Michigan State House Senator Irwin received Clean Water Action’s Lawmaker of the Year Award and has continued to be a strong environmental advocate in the state Senate.

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.

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.