From swimming in Lake Michigan to boating on Lake Superior, the Great Lakes’ importance to Michigan can’t be overstated. Whether we go there to hike, fish or swim, the Great Lakes are beautiful places to get away from it all, and make Michigan a great place to live.

 The Great Lakes need our help

But right now, 55 percent of streams in Great Lakes states are vulnerable to pollution due to loopholes in the law. Nobody should be allowed to treat our waterways like a personal sewer. That’s why Environment Michigan is standing up for our lakes.

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, but big polluters are working to dismantle the law. We’re on the verge of the biggest victory for clean water in a decade, but we need your support to win.

 Drinking water for 1.4 million at risk

The EPA is working to close the loopholes in the Clean Water Act—the landmark policy that was established to protect all our nation’s waterways. This would be the largest step taken for clean water in over a decade, protecting thousands of miles of streams that feed the Great Lakes—and the drinking water for 1.4 million Michiganders—from big polluters.

 Polluters are spending millions lobbying to discredit and dismantle the Clean Water Act. They’ve threatened “legal warfare.” They’ve pushed Congress to cripple the EPA’s ability to protect our water. And they’ve made false but widely circulated claims, including one that the EPA wants to “regulate mud puddles.” We’re organizing everyone—from local farmers to scientists to our neighbors down the street—to convince the EPA to stand up to the pressure and protect our waters.

 Together we can win

Our staff is knocking on doors across Michigan to educate people about what’s at stake. We’re also building coalitions, educating policymakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect the Great Lakes. But the real key to winning this fight is you. 

Clean Water Updates

News Release | Environment Michigan

Clean Water Act Turns 40- Progress Made, More Needed

Today, October 18, 2012, marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a landmark environmental law. The Clean Water Act was enacted after years of citizen outrage about massive and persistent water pollution across the country. The EPA should restore Clean Water Act protections to all streams, set tough limits on pollution from factory farms and protect drinking water from drilling.

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News Release | Environment Michigan

Budget Threatens Michigan’s Public Health & Environment

A budget bill being pushed in Congress this week includes a number of measures that would threaten Michigan’s public health and environment, according to Environment Michigan. Under the bill, the Environmental Protection Agency would be barred from taking any action to clean up carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants from coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other industrial pollution sources; and the EPA would be barred from restoring Clean Water Act protections for many of the nation’s most vulnerable waterways. 

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News Release | Environment Michigan

115 Waterways in Michigan are Contaminated by Mercury Pollution

115 waterways in Michigan have advisories for mercury pollution, according to the latest government data outlined in a new report from Environment Michigan. These advisories instruct citizens to limit their consumption of certain fish in Michigan waterways due to mercury contamination.

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News Release | Environment Michigan

Congressman Peters Standing Up for Michiganders' Health Within Federal Budget Debate

As negotiations around funding for the federal government continue into the weekend in Washington, D.C., Congressman Gary Peters is taking actions to ensure that the final bill does not include attacks on Michiganders’ public health and our environment. Congressman Peters signed onto a letter this week to House Speaker John Boehner, urging him not to allow any attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to clean up dangerous pollution.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

Toxic Waterways

Coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of mercury pollution in the United States. Emissions from these plants eventually make their way into Michigan’s waterways, contaminating fish and wildlife.

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