Protecting Michigan’s Waters: Infrastructure for the Future

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Protecting Michigan’s Waters: Infrastructure for the Future

There are currently many threats to our water here in Michigan. Most of these threats have been looming for years, but action on them has been pushed off, as our legislature procrastinates and ignores the problems instead of taking the hard steps that action requires.

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Michigan’s Outdated and Dangerous Combined Sewer Systems

The biggest problem with combined systems is that during rainfall events the water flow often exceeds the systems' capacity.

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Michigan’s Aging Septic Systems

While E. coli is commonly talked about in reference to combined sewer overflows and large-scale agricultural operations, there is another major source of E. coli in our water that every state in the country other than Michigan have worked to eliminate — leaking and failing septic systems.

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Solutions to Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is the single largest contributor of non-point source pollution to Michigan’s waterways.

From We All Live Downstream

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.

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December 3, 2018

The Michigan lame duck legislature is racing to pass attacks on our water before the new legislature and Governor are seated in January. We need all Michigan clean water activists to help fight back by making two quick phone calls, one to your State House Representative and one to your State Senator, asking them to oppose the multiple anti-environment and anti-democratic initiatives that corporate lobbyists have pushed lawmakers to pursue during this backward and unaccountable session.

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May 9, 2018

Each year, 9.4 billion gallons of raw sewage flow into our lakes and rivers from leaking septic systems, but Michigan is the only state in the U.S. without a uniform sanitary code requiring periodic inspections of septic systems.