Here are some simple actions you can take to protect our waters, from source to tap:
Flint, Michigan has been without clean water since April 24, 2014. As if Flint residents haven’t already suffered enough, in April the city began shutting off water service to residents with past due bills. Dozens of families in Flint have had their water shut off, and hundreds more anticipate losing service if their bills remain unpaid. No one should have to pay for poisoned water, but we’ve partnered with a grassroots group in Flint to get the water turned back on, and you can help by donating here.
Deep Cuts Proposed to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Governor Synder and the Michigan legislature have proposed millions of dollars in cuts to the DEQ and other agencies dedicated to conserving natural resources, preserving public health, and maintaining safe and clean water. Send a message to your legislators telling them to stand up for Michigan’s waterways.
THIS CAMPAIGN HAS ENDED. On June 22, 2017 the Michigan legislature voted to cut funding for the Department of Environmental Quality by $9.5 million, and Gov. Snyder signed the bill into law. However, the fight continues. This 2% cut may seem insignificant, but given the current makeup of Congress and the Trump Administration’s proposed EPA cuts, that number is likely to grow. The MDEQ relies on the EPA for about ⅓ of its budget, meaning its operations are especially sensitive to national policy changes. We’ll be keeping an eye on the national budget moving forward, and we’ll keep you updated as Congress deliberates
Michigan House Passes “No Greater Than the Feds” Bill; Passes to Senate
There’s a bill working its way through the state legislature that would prevent the state from enacting any environmental protections that are stronger than existing federal protections. You can read more about it here, and we’ve made it easy to contact your state Senator to let them know you oppose this bill.
It’s Time for Ontario to Take Clear, Decisive Action to Clean Up Lake Erie
Canada and Ontario recently released a draft action plan to tackle the algae blooms plaguing Lake Erie. It falls seriously short. While the comment period has now closed, you can still make your voice heard. Tell governments that you care about Lake Erie and want to see a strong plan that ensures a clean, healthy lake for the people and wildlife that rely on it.
THIS CAMPAIGN HAS ENDED. Thank you for taking action to protect Lake Erie. You joined over 1,800 caring people in asking the Ontario and Canadian governments to come up with a plan that reduces the harmful algae blooms plaguing Lake Erie. Way to go! That amount of vocal support for Lake Erie will not go unnoticed.
Urge Michigan Governor and DEQ to Reject Nestlé Request to Increase Pumping
Let your MI state representative know you support House Resolution 0061 urging the Governor and the DEQ to reject Nestlé Waters’ application to more than double water-taking at its Evart pumping station.
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