Protecting The Great Lakes and Michigan's Water

crumpled plastic water bottle / photo: flickr.com/jesse (CC BY 2.0)

Nestle Seeks to Increase Water Withdrawal Limit Again

Nestle has again applied to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to increase the amount of water it is allowed to pump from wells near Evart, MI from 218 gallons per minute to 400 gallons per minute.

Mackinac Bridge

Our State Budget- Making the Hard Choices to Protect our Water

In early March, Governor Whitmer announced her first state budget proposal.

STATEMENT: Clean Water Action applauds Governor Whitmer for taking action on PFAS

“For too long, Michigan residents have faced uncertainty about whether the water coming from their taps is safe for their families to drink. By requesting an administrative rule-making process to set a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS chemicals, Governor Whitmer has shown that she is ready to put Michigan families and our drinking water first."

Representative Chatfield and House Republicans Play Politics on Line 5

LANSING, MI – Shortly after Representative Lee Chatfield’s race for re-election chances in the 107th State House district was moved from the “Likely Republican” column to the “Lean Republican” column by Gongwer News Service, Representative Chatfield scheduled a last minute hearing of the Michigan Competitiveness Committee, which he chairs, for Tuesday to consider a package of insufficient bills relating to Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Other committee members were not notified of the hearing until 12 p.m. on Monday.

From We All Live Downstream

Spilled orange juice -- crtedit Martin Brigden (Flickr -- Creative Commons)
May 20, 2019

It’s 2002. I’m seven years old and sitting at my dining room table with my mom, eating breakfast and drinking a glass of orange juice. My mom and I are laughing about something when I knock the glass over. The juice spills everywhere – on the table and floor as I stare at the mess in shock. My mom scrambles to the kitchen, grabs paper towels and hands them to me, saying “It’s ok, just clean up your mess.”

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.