Budget Surplus is Opportunity to Invest in Natural Resources

Tags: budget, DEQ, dnr, Natural resources

On Wednesday, Governor Snyder will announce his proposed budget for the 2014 -2015 fiscal year, including plans to for the estimated $971 million budget surplus the state will see over the next three years.

Deep Freeze on the Great Lakes

Tags: Great Lakes, ice, ice cover, winter

A couple of winters ago, I made my way out to a small beach on Lake Michigan. It was a few days after New Years Eve. I climbed the long wooden stairs up the back side of the dune and came down the front. The lake was calm except for a few small waves rolling up and down the hard packed sand. I rolled up my pant legs and waded in up to my knees.

The water was cold, but not unbearable, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to step into Lake Michigan in January. This year, the scene was much different.

PWIR: Forward Progress

Tags: budget, clean energy, climate change, Farm Bill, Natural Resources Trust Fund, NRTF, PWIR, State of the Union

Part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes could upgrade its national lakeshore status if Congress approves a bill that would designate 32,500 acres within the park as "wilderness," which is the highest level of conservation protection for federal land. The bill would safeguard the public access points and historical structures already in existence, and prevent man-made changes to the landscape down the line.

Join Rapid Responders: Tell Gov. Snyder to Invest in Natural Resources

Tags: budget, Clean Air & Energy, Great Lakes, land, toxics, Water

Michigan has a budget surplus of $971 million over the next three years at its disposal. On Wednesday, Governor Snyder will announce an outline of his proposed budget for the state.

Click here to join our Rapid Responders team as they take to social media to hold the Governor to his pledges to invest in invasive species management, and tell him investments in Michigan's natural resources yield big returns.

What You Need to Know About Radon

Tags: radon

Guest writer Dr. Stewart Knoepp is a clinical pathologist committed to spreading awareness about the dangers of radon exsposure and what citizens can do about it.

In January of 2010, my family discovered news that amounted to a triple shock:

The Cap and Plan for Michigan's Public Land

Tags: dnr, land cap, Michigan, Natural resources, public land

In 2012, the Michigan legislature passed the land cap bill, issuing arbitrary limits on the amount of public land the state could legally acquire and allowing Michigan’s land use to be guided by an amount of acreage that was thought up by state legislators, and not backed up by land management principles or science.

PWIR: 177 Years of Great Lakes, Great Times

Tags: asian carp, energy efficiency, land cap, land cap bill, pathogens, public land, PWIR, water quality

Put on your party hats, readers! Michigan turned 177 years young over the weekend, and in spite of threats to critical sand dunes and Great Lakes water quality that are looming, our state is looking good. Michigan’s birthday is a marker of our work together to protect the same shoreline, the same inland lakes, rivers and streams, and the same forests that were on the map in year one.

PWIR: No Wait State for Clean Energy

Tags: clean energy, Great Lakes, PWIR, SOTS, water quality

“Now you can get out there and catch something or shoot something and have a great time.” That was Governor Snyder’s plug for updates to Michigan’s hunting and fishing licenses during his State of the State address last week. This quote sent the tweet-meter off the Richter scale, and put Michigan’s great outdoors front and center. The State of the State address was a bit of a natural resources roller coaster --- some ups, one big down and certain confirmation that we have a lot of work to do on behalf of Michigan’s land, air and water in 2014.

Speak Up, Stop the Carp

Tags: asian carp, water quality

A recent report released by the Army Corps of Engineers estimates that it will take 25 years to completely separate the Great Lakes from Asian carp infested waterways. The Corps’ report presents a range of options for managing carp populations with the health of the Great Lakes in mind, but it does not provide a recommendation or actionable step to move forward. 

Michigan LCV's Guide to the SOTS

Tags: clean energy, Governor Snyder, Lansing, SOTS

Governor Snyder will be delivering his fourth State of the State address tomorrow evening at 7 PM. We will be listening for leadership on our top priorities: clean energy, and protections for Michigan's water and public land. Will you join us?

PWIR: What's New

Tags: asian carp, Critical Dunes, Dunes, Governor Snyder, Michigan Legislature, PWIR

Happy New Year, readers! Last week’s polar vortex took the Political Week in Review (PWIR) by storm and shook up its byline. Jack Schmitt may be frozen out from your inbox, but he passed the torch to me --- Katie Sulau, Communications Manager for Michigan LCV. I’m taking the reins and looking forward to leaving you chock-full of all the natural resources news that is fit to print. Let’s get started.

State of the State Address--A Chance to Reflect on our 2013 Progress

Tags: environmental, fracking, Great Michigan, land, Michigan, progress, Renewable Energy

photo: Great Michigan Voting Meeting

What a year 2013 was for the Great Michigan priorities! But with a new year comes a new set of goals that Governor Snyder will lay out in his State of the State Address on January 16th at 7:00 pm.

Political Year in Review: Best of 2013

Tags: asian carp, clean energy, conservation officers, Dunes, energy, petcoke, PWIR

It's the most wonderful time of the year --- 2013 countdown lists are here! From all of the highlights below, 2013 could be declared the year of land, air and water. We have our work cut out for us in 2014, but for now, let's reflect on what we accomplished together. Welcome to the year-in-review edition of Michigan LCV's regular political update, the Political Week in Review.

Public Health, Clean Energy are Centerpieces of Moms Clean Air Force Luncheon

Tags: air pollution, air quality, clean energy, energy, MCAF

“You know me as a state legislator, but today I am here as a mom.” These opening words from Representative Rashida Tlaib (D - Detroit) set the tone for a legislative luncheon on December 4th sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force Michigan (MCAF) at the State Capitol in Lansing. Fifty-three representatives of Michigan's legislature were in attendance to hear about the positive impacts renewable energy and energy efficiency have on air quality and public health.

The Greenest Pope

Tags: catholocism, conservation, conservative, environment, faith, Pope Francis

I confess (I’m Catholic, it’s required) that when Pope Benedict XVI announced his abdication in late 2012, I was deeply saddened. This man had earned the title of “the Green Pope”, but his views on creation care had not yet reached the masses in the pews. There was so much more to do.