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 the DEQ: Get Michigan's Fracking Rules Right
Fracking uses millions of gallons of water that is pulled from our lakes, rivers, and streams over a short period of time. That water becomes so polluted with a toxic cocktail of undisclosed chemicals that not one drop can be returned safely to our waterways. Early this year the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) proposed an update to the laws governing fracking in Michigan, but that update fails to ensure our water will be fully protected from contamination and over-extraction associated with fracking.
The DEQ is collecting public comments on its proposed fracking rules through July 31st, 2014. This is our chance to tell the DEQ to revise the rules so that they adequately protect our lakes, rivers, streams and public health. Sign your name to Michigan LCV's petition urging the DEQ to adopt stronger clean water safeguards against fracking.
Tell the DEQ: Reject Attempts to Develop Michigan's Dunes
Michigan's iconic sand dunes are under attack. In 2012, Michigan's elected officials enacted wrongheaded legislation that gouged protections for our dunes by drastically weakening the state's Critical Dunes Act. Now the damaging consequences of that action are becoming all too clear. Developers are applying for permits to ram roads through the unique and fragile coastline, in hopes of replacing natural dunes with huge homes and long driveways.
The latest assault centers on 130 beautiful acres along the coast of Lake Michigan in Saugatuck. Developers have asked the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a permit to develop the historic and pristine site. With your help we can tell the DEQ that Michiganders do not support developing our dunes. Use the form to submit a comment to the DEQ on the permit application. We don't have any time to waste - the DEQ is accepting public comments only until June 23rd.
The Time is Now: Help Michigan Transition from Coal to Renewable Energy
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon reduction rules for existing power plants will fight climate change and significantly reduce air pollution. The rules are a common sense approach to limit previously unlimited carbon emissions from our nation’s largest carbon polluters. Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of carbon pollution in the U.S., which contaminates Michigan’s lakes, rivers, and streams and damages our health.
The EPA’s proposed rules give states the power to decide what policies to put in place to meet the carbon reduction goals. Michigan has a huge opportunity to capitalize on our clean energy successes so far by crafting solutions that accelerate our transition from coal to clean, renewable energy. The Snyder Administration should develop solutions that put renewable energy and energy efficiency front and center. Send a message to Governor Snyder and the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Urge them to meet the EPA’s goals by developing solutions that continue to grow Michigan’s clean energy economy, improve our air and water quality and protect our public health.
Letter to the Editor:
You can also send a letter to the editor to voice your support for environmental issues. Call our Ann Arbor office at (734) 222-9650, for newspaper contacts and template letters you can tailor to your community. > Read more about sending a letter to the editor