If you’re ready to get involved in an issue you care about, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters can help. Often something as simple as a phone call or an e-mail can make a huge difference.
Current Action Alerts:
Tell Key Legislators: Energy Efficiency Pays Off
Energy efficiency is the cleanest, greenest form of energy, and it pays off. The Michigan Public Service Commission estimates that for every $1 invested in Michigan's energy efficiency programs, customers see $3.83 in savings from avoided energy costs. Those numbers have particular impact in Michigan, where energy rates are some of the most expensive in the region. Energy efficiency programs lower costs and protect our natural resources, but Michigan's current programs expire in 2015 and there is no plan to replace them. Click here to write to members of the House and Senate Energy and Technology Committee and tell them to support energy efficiency programs post-2015.
Preserve Kent County Farmland
Kent County's Farmland Preservation Program provides a steady stream of revenue for small farmers, maintains open spaces, and encourages the economic development of urban core areas, rather than urban sprawl. But, the Kent County Farmland Preservation Program is at risk of ending if the Kent County Board of Commissioners adopts the proposed budget for next fiscal year. Click here to send an email to the Kent County Board of Commissioners and tell them to keep the Farmland Preservation Program alive.
Tell State Senators: Don't Pave The Way For More Billboards
The Michigan Senate Transportation Committee is considering a bill that would make it easier for more billboards to pop up along Michigan roadways, and more regular billboards to go digital. Michigan has more billboards than any other state except Florida. They already block scenic views, and take away from our state's natural beauty. Lighted and digitized versions emit light pollution that disrupts nocturnal wildlife, and they needlessly waste electricity. We do not need more of them. Write to members of the Senate Transportation Committee today, and tell them to vote no on HB 4629.
Tell Your Legislators: Don't Gamble With The Great Lakes
Michigan has the strongest ballast water standards in the country, but bills before the State Legislature would weaken our laws and force Michigan's clean water protections to take a backseat. The EPA and the US Coast Guard issued requirements that closely mirror the strong protections Michigan already has in place. But, some state legislators are sponsoring legislation that would lower our standards. We cannot afford to gamble with the Great Lakes. Ballast water standards are critical to keeping out damaging aquatic invasive species like sea lamprey and zebra mussels.
Send an email to your State Legislators today. Tell them to keep Michigan's ballast water standards strong and protect our most valuable natural resource: our clean water.
Keep Roads Out Of The Dunes
The Singapore Dunes are a pristine, 310-acre stretch of coastal dunes just south of the Saugatuck Dunes State Park on Michigan's West Coast. The current owner recently submitted an application to pave a road through acres of wetlands and dunes. This would severely damage precious shoreline and natural habitats, and open up the already vulnerable ecosystem to more homes and development.
Write to the Michigan DEQ today and tell them to deny a permit to pave 200,000 square feet of critical, coastal dunes.
Tell President Obama: Stop Asian Carp From Invading The Great Lakes
To date, we have all been too short-sighted in predicting the dangers of an Asian Carp invasion in the Great Lakes. The chaos they would cause would completely disrupt the Great Lakes ecosystem, create leaping 100 pound hazards to boaters, and devastate the $7 billion annual fishing industry.We cannot afford to be caught unprepared. Add your name to tell President Obama to use his executive authority to completely close off the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River.
Strengthen the Chemical Safety Improvement Act
Due to overwhelming pressure from the public, several U.S Senators were able to come to the table and agree on a new, bi-partisan bill to overhaul our federal laws on toxic chemicals. But with this new bi-paritisan legislation there is good and bad news.
The bad news: The bill, as drafted, needs to be strengthened to adequately protect the public health. Specifically, we want it to protect vulnerable populations like pregnant women, heavily impacted communities, and children. We want the bill to clearly reserve the ability of states to regulate toxic chemicals. We want the bill to empower the EPA to take fast action on the worst chemicals. And finally, we want to ensure there is an adequate amount of information before chemicals are prioritized.
>CLICK HERE TO TELL YOUR SENATORS TO TAKE ACTION
Protect Michigan's Biodiversity:
Legislators in Lansing are taking it upon themselves to drastically redefine conservation and limit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ ability to protect Michigan’s natural resources and endangered species. The anti-biodiversity bill passed in the Senate along party lines. Now it sits with the House Natural Resources Committee and Chairwoman Andrea LaFontaine. Legislators return to Lansing from Spring Break next week and protecting Michigan’s biodiversity needs to be first on their to do list. Contact your State Representative and urge them to tell Chairwoman LaFontaine to stop this bill and stand up for Michigan’s public land. >Click here to take action
If Chairwoman LaFontaine is your State Representative write to her directly. >Click here to take action
Make Fracking Safer:
Fracking poses a threat to Michigan’s freshwater for two reasons: First, it requires high-volume water withdrawals, between 5 to 8 million gallons per well, that cannot be returned to lakes or streams, and second, the water is tainted with an undisclosed mixture of chemical additives that are hazardous to our health. The oil and gas industry enjoys loopholes in federal laws like the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act that allow them to bypass regulations and disclosures that would protect Michigan’s Great Lakes and public health.
Fracking can be made safer, but we need to put pressure on our representatives to hold oil and gas companies accountable. Please write to your State Representative and tell him or her to require oil and gas companies to use a scientifically sound water withdrawal assessment tool before taking millions of gallons of water that cannot be returned to lakes, rivers or streams. Tell your Representative that the state should require full public disclosure of chemicals used to frack, so we know what is potentially in our drinking water. >Click here to take action
Don't see an action alert on an issue important to you? Contact your elected officials to express your opinion, or to ask what they are doing to address the issue: