water quality

Delisted: Restoring White Lake

Tags: GLRI, Great Lakes, toxic, Water, water quality, White Lake

By Tanya Cabala of the White Lake Public Advisory Council

Last year, decades of persistence by grassroots citizens paid off in a big way for the White Lake area in northern Muskegon County.

Report from the UP: Eagle Mine Permit Changes Would Put Clean Water On the Line

Tags: DEQ, Eagle Mine, mercury, sulfide mining, water quality

The following is a report from Michigan LCV member, and Marquette resident, Adam Robarge, who attended an informational session about proposed changes to a groundwater permit that would allow the Eagle Mine Project, a sulfide mining operation near Marquette and Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, to emit more toxic chemicals into neighboring waterways. A public hearing about the proposed permit changes is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 25th in Ishpeming. Read on for more information about how to take action, and take a stand against dangerous mining practices by supporting the Upper Peninsula in Michigan LCV’s Mitten Madness tournament!

PWIR: Oil, Water, and Algae Don't Mix

Tags: algae, chesapeake energy, encana, Great Lakes, pipeline safety, PWIR, Straits of Mackinac, water quality

Until last week, it had been five years since Congress had voted to designate a single acre for protection under the Wilderness Act. But, we are proud to report that Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes was the tipping point that changed the congressional course. Thanks to approval from the US House and Senate, a bill now sits on President Obama’s desk that would officially designate 32,500 acres of the legendary lakeshore as wilderness. The designation preserves public access points, and it prevents any further development down the line. President Obama is expected to sign the bill, and when he does, Sleeping Bear will have the gold standard in land protections and a new tagline: officially wild.

Mercury Rising: Enjoying Fish Without the Risk

Tags: mercury, mercury pollution, water quality

Check out the following infographic about how to enjoy fish and leave mercury poisoning by the wayside.

Michigan LCV Brings Great Lakes to Washington D.C.

Tags: GLRI, Great Lakes, Washington D.C., water quality

photo: HOW Lobby day

Michigan LCV's Alicia Prygoski (Legislative and Political Assistant) and Erica Bloom (Program Manager), traveled to Washington D.C. this week to join other Great Lakes advocates for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition annual lobby day.

Our Members Call For an Asian Carp Action Plan

Tags: asian carp, fishing, Great Lakes, water quality

Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a report outlining eight potential invasive species management strategies to protect the Great Lakes. The strategies ranged from not doing much at all to completely separating waterways. While the report was informative, it did not make a recommendation about next steps to turn analysis into action. Now that the USACE is taking public comment on the report, Michigan LCV members are putting on the pressure to stop Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species for good. With over 300 submissions so far, we cannot list all of the comments, but here are a few of the stand out submissions we have received from concerned citizens like you.

PWIR: Bring On the Year of Water

Tags: 2014 election, asian carp, DEQ, dnr, invasive species, petcoke, PWIR, water quality

Sound the trumpet and ring the bell, Michigan LCV is debuting a brand new accountability tool that we think our PWIR readers will especially appreciate. Say hello to the Bill Tracker – your portal to keep a steady pulse on the status and stance on bills you read about here and in the news. The Bill Tracker is specific to natural resources legislation in play in Lansing, and it directly connects to Michigan LCV’s Environmental Scorecard. Add it all together, and you get a comprehensive, timely look at the status of bills in Lansing, from the moment they are introduced to when they are signed into law to how your state legislators end up voting on them. PWIR readers, this is your resource --- get out your bookmark button and count Michigan LCV’s Bill Tracker as your go-to resource for the latest on natural resources legislation.

Why Politics Matters: Preserving and Protecting Michigan’s Glorious World Class Waterways

Tags: accountability, elections, fracking, water quality

As the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, I frequently get asked, “What brought you to this line of work?” My answer is two fold: (1) educating our decision-makers about critical environmental challenges in our state is extraordinarily important, especially in an era of term limits, and (2) whom we elect to office at the local, state and national level is paramount to the protection of our Great Lakes and Michigan’s world class waterways.

PWIR: Score Report

Tags: fishing, LCV Scorecard, pet coke, PWIR, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Standard, Scorecard, water quality

Before we get into the news from last week, two events happening today should go on your radar. First, the Lyndon Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss an application to create a massive gravel mining operation just north of quaint Chelsea, Michigan. Detrimental policy enacted at the state level suggests that the Township should approve the permit application if the mining company can demonstrate that any level of economic benefit will come from the mine. We need your help to tell the Township that this project will have damaging environmental impacts: 7 PM, Sylvan Township Hall (18027 Old US 12, Chelsea). Second, if you are in Traverse City, join us at a town hall meeting to discuss public land policy in Michigan, tonight 7 PM at the Acme Township Hall. We are co-sponsoring with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and State Representative Wayne Schmidt (R - Traverse City), and we look forward to seeing you there. 

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.

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