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:
Stop the raid on Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund: Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) is a constitutionally guaranteed promise that Michiganders will always be able to preserve, protect and enjoy our forests, beaches, lakes and streams. The NRTF was expressly created to acquire and develop state parks and public land, and it is overwhelmingly supported by Michiganders, who voted to permanently protect the NRTF by adding it to our state’s constitution. Every year we see lawmakers attempt to raid the NRTF to dredge harbors, fill potholes, pave more roads through state land or fill many other momentary budget shortfalls.
This year is no different. A few state representatives in Lansing are eyeing the NRTF as the answer to their budget shortfalls for road maintenance. They propose that we strip the NRTF of more than half of its capped amount and slash its income by 80 percent moving forward, all to make up for their shortcomings in budgeting for Michigan’s roads. We’ve said it before, and now it’s time to say it again: The NRTF is not a legislative piggy bank for any budget shortfall. Contact your state representative and tell him or her to stop the raid >>
Tell Gov. Snyder: Stop Selling out the Saugatuck Dunes: Recently, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved a permit to pave a two-mile long road through critical sand dunes along one of the most pristine stretches of Lake Michigan shoreline, just outside of Saugatuck. The permit will pave the way for a multi-million dollar housing development, a condominium complex and a new marina, all atop fragile sand dunes, adjacent to vulnerable wetlands, and in view of Lake Michigan. Not exactly preserving the “Pure Michigan” landscape that has been recognized nationally as one of the most pristine vistas and beach areas in the country. This decision can be traced back to our state legislature, which passed legislation to roll back protections for critical dunes in the summer of 2012. We need your support to demand that our decision makers right these wrongs. Click here to take action and tell Governor Snyder to stop selling out the sand dunes >>
Tell Your State Legislators: Michigan's Renewable Energy Standard is a Success Story, Don't Let It Expire
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) releases an annual report on the impacts of Michigan's renewable energy standard, which established a goal of generating 10 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2015. This year's report was released just a few weeks ago, and it is full of valuable information that needs to be shared with your state legislator.
The MPSC report confirms that Michigan's renewable energy standard is a success story. To date, it has generated $2.2 billion in economic activity and the report shows that renewable energy projects are, on average, almost half the cost of coal-powered projects. It confirms that Michigan is on track to meet, or exceed, the current goal.
Here’s the catch: Michigan's renewable energy standard expires in 2015, and we have no plan to replace it. As state legislators consider action on clean energy this year, they need to know the facts and figures that show the successes of Michigan's renewable energy standard. Click here to tell your state legislators to take the lead on clean energy policy before our goals expire in 2015 >>
Tell the EPA: Get to the Bottom of the Mining Truth
In northeastern Minnesota, near the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, a proposed copper-nickel (sulfide) mine risks the clean waters of Lake Superior. Approval or denial of permitting will set a precedent for how other mines in the Great Lakes region will be evaluated, including those in Michigan. Sulfide mining unleashes acidic liquid from rock formations, which can leach mercury and other toxic chemicals into our region’s clean water supply. As Great Lakes states, we know that what is bad for Minnesota’s water is bad for Michigan’s too. PolyMet Mining’s NorthMet project in Minnesota is a mine proposal riddled with incomplete and inaccurate information. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in a position to weigh in on their proposal and insist on a plan that meets the highest clean water standards. Click here to write to the EPA and demand a plan that is complete and fully protects the Great Lakes >>
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.
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
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