Civic Engagement and Elections in Michigan

Clean Water Action builds grassroots strength in Michigan to impact environmental policy in Washington, D.C., in Lansing, and at home in our communities.

Michigan State Capitol Building

Michigan Currents | Fall 2020

In this issue read more about our work in Michigan to get out the vote for environmental champions, protecting our Great Lakes, updates on our Michigan legislature and endorsed candidates, our fight to shut down Line 5, how our canvass staff has shifted to organizing safely and effectively, and a recap of our 2020 Great Lakes Award Celebration.

PFAS foam

Michigan Must Set Strong Standards on PFAS

Michigan has been a leader in addressing PFAS.

Clean Water Action Endorses Felicia Brabec for Michigan’s 55th State House District

LANSING- Today, Clean Water Action announced its endorsement of Felicia Brabec for the Michigan State House.

From We All Live Downstream

Kramer Newman
February 18, 2020

In a very memorable episode of Seinfeld, Kramer and Newman take off in Newman’s mail truck loaded down with empty pop cans to return in Michigan for a tidy profit of 10 cents per can. The scheme was hatched in Jerry’s apartment, and their initial run was to be a sort of test to see whether or not a massive operation of muling pop cans into Michigan to defraud our bottle bill program was feasible.

Michigan Capitol building / photo: Denny Green, Clean Water
January 28, 2019

Lame Duck Heroes and Zeros

The end of 2018 was record-breaking. After passing 351 bills over the course of the first 22 months of Michigan’s 99th legislative session, lawmakers passed a whopping 408 bills in a frenzied four-week long lame duck session. This was the busiest and the most environmentally destructive lame duck session in state history. Many of the bills passed were so widely unpopular that sponsors neglected to introduce them until after things died down post general election.

Lake Michigan, photo: flickr.com/elviskennedy  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
December 3, 2018

The Michigan lame duck legislature is racing to pass attacks on our water before the new legislature and Governor are seated in January. We need all Michigan clean water activists to help fight back by making two quick phone calls, one to your State House Representative and one to your State Senator, asking them to oppose the multiple anti-environment and anti-democratic initiatives that corporate lobbyists have pushed lawmakers to pursue during this backward and unaccountable session.