Michigan House Votes to Regulate “No Greater Than the Feds,” Hand Over Protection of Clean Air and Water to Trump Administration

Posted on May 30, 2017 by

The Michigan state House voted last week 57 to 50 in favor of a bill (HB-4205) designed to restrict the ability of state agencies to create regulatory rules that are stronger than federal standards. If passed by the state Senate and signed by Governor Snyder, this bill may end up as the most consequential Michigan […]

We Did It! Full Funding for the Great Lakes in 2017

Posted on May 3, 2017 by

Back in March, we let you know about potential massive cuts to Great Lakes programs and funding in the 2017 federal budget. The budget proposed by President Trump would have cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 100% and shrunk the EPA’s budget by 31%. When the budget was announced, we were in […]

EPA Seeks Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

Posted on May 1, 2017 by

The EPA wants to know what you think about rolling back the regulations that keep our water clean and safe. On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, which established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. Among other things, this executive order requires the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Together, We’re Driving the Conversation on Nestlé Waters

Posted on April 20, 2017 by

Last Wednesday, almost 500 concerned citizens turned out for a public hearing on the Nestlé Waters proposal to more than double the amount of water being pumped from their White Pine Springs well in Michigan’s Osceola Township. Among them was a group of 30 water advocates from Flint, Michigan who traveled 150 miles to participate in […]

[UPDATE] Did you hear what we are doing today?

Posted on March 15, 2017 by

Yesterday, I let you know that my fellow coworkers were in Washington, D.C. to support restoration programs in the Great Lakes. The Trump Administration was expected to slash the budget to this program by 97%. The 97% cut to Great Lakes restoration programs apparently wasn’t sufficient for the President, whose budget released today zeroes out […]

Coalition: Trump Administration Proposed Cuts to Great Lakes Programs, EPA Unacceptable

Posted on March 10, 2017 by

Republicans, Democrats in Congress key to protecting Great Lakes, clean water programs ANN ARBOR, MICH. (March 9, 2017)—The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today expressed deep concern with the rumored Trump Administration’s budget cuts that would gut core Great Lakes programs, roll back Clean Water Act protections, and delay federal action to respond to serious […]

Funding for Great Lakes SLASHED in Trump Administration Budget

Posted on March 3, 2017 by

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget slashes funding for Great Lakes restoration from $300 million to $10 million.  The proposed budget was shared with EPA for review and reported on twitter by journalist Rob Davis. “If true, the level of cuts being discussed would be devastating. Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results across the […]

From Aquifers to Plastic Bottles: Now is the time to weigh in on Nestlé Waters permit application

Posted on February 22, 2017 by

Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. (Nestlé Waters) is proposing to more than double the amount of water they are taking at their White Pine Springs Site in Evart, Michigan — an amount that could damage area wetlands and protected plant and animal species. In 2009, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) ended a ten-year battle […]


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