Protecting Michigan’s Waters: Infrastructure for the Future

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Protecting Michigan’s Waters: Infrastructure for the Future

There are currently many threats to our water here in Michigan. Most of these threats have been looming for years, but action on them has been pushed off, as our legislature procrastinates and ignores the problems instead of taking the hard steps that action requires.

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Michigan’s Outdated and Dangerous Combined Sewer Systems

The biggest problem with combined systems is that during rainfall events the water flow often exceeds the systems' capacity.

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Michigan’s Aging Septic Systems

While E. coli is commonly talked about in reference to combined sewer overflows and large-scale agricultural operations, there is another major source of E. coli in our water that every state in the country other than Michigan have worked to eliminate — leaking and failing septic systems.

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Solutions to Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is the single largest contributor of non-point source pollution to Michigan’s waterways.

From We All Live Downstream

Erik McCleary testifying at USACE hearing wearing No Line 5 Oil Tunnel shirt.
September 9, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is continuing work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Great Lakes Tunnel permit. Clean Water Action opposes the proposed tunnel project, which would put the environmentally and culturally important Straits of Mackinac at serious risk to benefit a tar sands pipeline at a time of climate emergency. We are asking the USACE to thoroughly review the potential environmental impact of the proposed tunnel before making their permitting decision.

Woman looking out over flooded street. 2014 Highland Park. Credit: Joe Gall / Camera Jesus
March 7, 2022

Last week, the gerrymandered majority in the Michigan Legislature passed a massive giveaway of our tax dollars to billionaires and huge corporations. In an era when the wealthy are consistently getting wealthier while the rest of us get poorer and our government can’t even cover basic needs, an action like this is unconscionable. However, the legislative majority is convinced that this will help them score points in an election year. We are calling on Governor Whitmer to once again be the responsible adult in the room and veto this bill.

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.