On the Environment: Snyder Fails
Clean Water Action’s scorecard for Gov. Rick Snyder’s first term highlights his failure to safeguard Michigan’s environment. “As someone who just wants to have their water and drink it too,” says Clean Water Action’s Denny Green, “the Governor couldn’t have done much worse on the environment if he’d tried.”
Gov. Snyder received a failing grade based on actions he took (or failed to take) on fourteen different bills, coming up on the wrong side twelve times. “This subpar performance, nearly a 90% rate of failure, is shameful for the governor of a state literally defined by its Great Lakes,” Green says. Read more
Bag Ban Victory
On September 30, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the first state legislation banning single use plastic bags — a huge victory for the environment! Hawaii has a defacto statewide ban as each island has passed a local ordinance banning single-use plastic bags.
Over the last nine years, similar measures failed to pass in California, but steady growing support organized by Clean Water Action and allies made the winning difference this time. The 121 local bag ban ordinances enacted around the state — many with Clean Water Action’s assistance — combined with grassroots pressure on state lawmakers to push the measure through, finally. Other states are now likely to follow California’s lead, passing their own bag bans. Read more
Hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and other outdoor activities are part of Michigan’s culture and way of life. Nearly 84% of Michiganders feel that outdoor recreation is important. 194,000 Michigan jobs and more than $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenues come from outdoor recreation.
Clean Water Action’s “Protect Pure Michigan” campaign, launched earlier this year, seeks to protect the state’s air, land, water and Great Lakes from climate change impacts and dangerous pollution. The campaign traveled to Traverse City to speak with business owners there who often rely on tourism to keep their doors open and organized a “business after hours” event at Right Brain Brewery. There, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort CEO, Jim MacInnes, spoke about climate change impacts on his business. Read more
New policies to be proposed by the Obama Administration would finally restore protection for all streams and wetlands.
The long-anticipated move follows more than a decade of campaigning by Clean Water Action and allies, and seeing this restoration of Clean Water Act protections through to completion is a top priority. Read more
New England Currents
A Letter From Your Drinking Water
Here I am on my journey towards the Boston area, leaving the Quabbin Reservoir, on my way to your tap. Did you know that I save you millions of dollars with my well-buffered source water so pollution clean-up costs don't have to be added to your drinking water bill? (Don't worry, I get disinfected like all public drinking water supplies before you drink me, but cleanup needs are minimal because my sources are protected!)
My situation in New England, however, is a special one. Did you know that up until just last month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections that were weakened under the Bush Administration, drinking water for 8.8 million New Englanders was at risk of being polluted... legally?