Protect the Great Lakes
From swimming in Lake Michigan to boating on Lake Superior, the Great Lakes’ importance to Michigan can’t be overstated. But right now 55 percent of streams in Great Lakes states are vulnerable to pollution. We need to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act now.
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.
Tell your leaders that you want to see the Great Lakes, and all of Michigan's waters, protected.
- More than half of Michigan’s streams and hundreds of acres of wetlands have been vulnerable to pollution and development.
- In recent years, 24 billion gallons of untreated sewage have flowed into the Great Lakes annually, damaging the Lakes’ ecosystems.
- Elevated bacteria levels prompt hundreds of Michigan beaches to close every year.
- Recently, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would prevent the president from protecting our waterways—forever.
- Thousands of Michigan residents have already joined our call to protect the Great Lakes.