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Clean Water Action works in Michigan to protect the Great Lakes and all the waters in-between, from groundwater to the water tap. We empower people to take action to protect the health of Michigan's waters, our communities, our environment, and our democracy.

Line 5: A Timeline of a Ticking Bomb

Line 5 has already released over 1 million gallons, and crossing over two of the Great Lakes the aging pipeline is a disaster waiting to happen. Click to read a timeline of major Line 5 events, from construction nearly 70 years ago to present day.
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2023 Michigan Legislative Priorities

Clean Water Action has 135,000 active Michigan members who value our Great Lakes and protection of the water resources on which we all rely. This document covers our priorities and policy recommendations for the 102nd Michigan legislature.
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Coming Together For Equitable Public Power

A number of communities are taking action to explore what it would take to break from investor-owned utilities who are failing to meet community reliability, sustainability, and affordability expectations and instead form a new public power utilities. Over two years and across multiple states, the Public Power Project collaboration explored the perspective of campaigners, public officials, staff of existing municipal power utilities, and communities already served by public power. Through landscape analysis, interviews, and focus groups this report shares insights gained about how public power, in its incumbent and emergent forms, can be equitable, just, and democratic.
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Making Polluters Pay in Michigan

Michigan once had the strongest “polluter pay” law in the country. In 1995 the polluter pay law was gutted. Today there are hundreds of sites across the state contaminated by corporate polluters, and yet Michigan taxpayers are on the hook to pay for cleanups.

Our Water Must Never be for Sale – Explaining Public Trust and Why it Matters

Public Trust means that the people of Michigan own our water resources, and the State has a solemn responsibility to protect our water for the use and enjoyment of Michigan residents. This is an important yet often overlooked piece of our bundle of rights in a democratic society.

The Case for Public Power for Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, having already significantly developed green energy with wind and solar projects throughout the city, is moving toward a new form of energy independence to tackle the climate crisis, equality, and reliability: Municipalization.


Clean Energy in Michigan

Fighting for a clean energy future in Michigan, to protect our health, reinvest in our communities, and reduce climate-changing pollution.

Protecting The Great Lakes and Michigan's Water

Michigan is the Great Lakes State, surrounded by 21% of all accessible fresh surface water on Earth. Clean Water Action works to protect our freshwater seas and the waters that lead to them now and for future generations.

State Offices:

909 Abbot Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

564 S. Main St
Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
United States