Protecting The Great Lakes and Michigan's Water

Protect the Great Lakes, Shut Down Line 5

Tell your elected officials -- shut down Line 5!

We are winning the fight to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

STATEMENT: Clean Water Action applauds Governor Whitmer for taking action on PFAS

“For too long, Michigan residents have faced uncertainty about whether the water coming from their taps is safe for their families to drink. By requesting an administrative rule-making process to set a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS chemicals, Governor Whitmer has shown that she is ready to put Michigan families and our drinking water first."

Image via Oil & Water Don't Mix and National Wildlife Federation

The Line 5 Pipeline

The Company’s History

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.

Spilled orange juice -- crtedit Martin Brigden (Flickr -- Creative Commons)
May 20, 2019

It’s 2002. I’m seven years old and sitting at my dining room table with my mom, eating breakfast and drinking a glass of orange juice. My mom and I are laughing about something when I knock the glass over. The juice spills everywhere – on the table and floor as I stare at the mess in shock. My mom scrambles to the kitchen, grabs paper towels and hands them to me, saying “It’s ok, just clean up your mess.”

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.