Michigan Blog Posts

Septic tank lid. photo: flickr.com/mmwm (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Michigan needs a strong statewide sanitary code

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.

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Nestle Wins and our Great Lakes Lose

April 9, 2018

Last week, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality did the unthinkable; they ruled in favor of Nestle in their controversial bid to double the amount of water they pump for next to nothing and sell back to us.

Great Lakes / photo: flickr.com/gsfc (CC BY 2.0)

How Big Oil is Using Big Bucks to Put Our Great Lakes at Risk

December 5, 2017

We have two options here: demand our elected officials to act on behalf of their constituents and decommission Line 5 before it fails, or continue to elect people like Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette and keep our fingers crossed.

Tittabawassee River photo: flickr.com/collins_family (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Three million gallons of sewage, a contaminated river, and Michigan’s water infrastructure woes

November 6, 2017

Last week, Saginaw Township’s wastewater retention and treatment basins overflowed. After just over two inches of rainfall stressed the outdated sewer infrastructure to its failing point, over three million gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the Tittabawassee River.

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Water Infrastructure will Lead to Job Creation

September 27, 2017

Investing in water infrastructure is imperative for the economy. It won’t just be an investment in clean and safe water, but an investment that will create and sustain jobs for millions of Americans.

Protect the Great Lakes, Shut Down Line 5

Over 11,000 CWA members make their voices heard, telling MDEQ to shut down Line 5

September 14, 2017

During the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board’s public comment period on Line 5 in July, over 11,000 Clean Water Action members in Michigan made their voices heard, telling the state to immediately decommission the Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.