Learn about the issues facing our state and how Michiganders like you are making an impact.

The quality of our natural resources directly impacts the health and wellness of our families, our communities and our natural areas. And, unfortunately, those resources are facing some serious challenges here in Michigan.

From contaminated drinking water to out of control air pollution to attacks on our most cherished parks and natural areas, our state is no longer a leader in protecting our land, air and water. If we want our communities to be safe and clean, we cannot continue with business as usual.

Explore the most important issues facing our communities and natural resources below. You can click on each to expand background information and find the latest updates and opportunities for action: 

Clean Air

Healthy Great Lakes

Parks & Public Land

Safe Drinking Water

Report: Michigan communities, water face twin assault from environmental budget cuts

LCV, MEC urge lawmakers to consider combined impact of state, federal proposals LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are rushing to pass budgets that . . .

Trump leaves climate accord, but MI utilities and communities push forward

US to leave Paris climate deal, but Michigan is moving rapidly toward clean, renewable energy The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) . . .

Trump budget is double whammy for states like Michigan

Cuts to EPA cripple Michigan’s ability to provide fundamental environmental safeguards in communities across the state LANSING—The Michigan League of Conservation Voters . . .

Michigan agencies will be left unable to fully protect its unique natural resources under MI House plan

Bill would restrict Michigan to federal minimum environmental protections and mandate that state agencies ditch proactive problem solving LANSING – Today, the . . .

Just Released: Governor Snyder’s Report Card

Bi-annual report offers grades for administration’s record on key issues impacting Michigan’s land, water and air The Michigan League of Conservation Voters . . .

Stabenow joins Michigan clean energy advocates at Kalamazoo Climate March

Clean energy advocates joined conservation and elected leaders to march for clean air, Great Lakes protections KALAMAZOO – On Saturday, April 29 . . .

Thousands march in Traverse City demanding action on clean energy in Michigan and beyond

Clean energy advocates joined conservation and elected leaders to march for clean air, Great Lakes protections TRAVERSE CITY – Saturday, April 29 . . .

Stabenow, local leaders to call for action on climate change at Kalamazoo march

Rally and march will shine spotlight on dangers of climate change KALAMAZOO – On Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m., federal and . . .

Lake Erie Clean Up Progress Lags as Region Prepares for Major Summer Algal Bloom

Groups mark third anniversary of Toledo drinking water crisis by reporting on priority actions, setting bar for annual progress by jurisdictions On . . .

Great Lakes too important for cavalier attitudes about Line 5

Amid public hearings around the state, Michigan LCV calls on state leaders and oil industry groups to get serious about threat posed . . .

Conservation Community Responds to NOAA’s Lake Erie Algae Bloom Forecast

Today, NOAA released their final forecast for the summer’s algal bloom in the western Lake Erie basin this year, which typically lasts . . .

Michigan LCV to Snyder: Shut down Line 5 now

Following the Attorney General’s statement, Governor must act swiftly to avert crisis in the Great Lakes LANSING—The Michigan League of Conservation Voters offered the . . .

Michigan LCV applauds state for holding line against conflicts of interest, urges state to shut down Line 5

Following revelations of conflicts of interest, State of Michigan fires firm working on risk analysis of pipeline The Michigan League of Conservation . . .

Groups: Michigan Plan Insufficient to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (June 14, 2017) – The state of Michigan yesterday released an action plan to help stop harmful algal blooms . . .

Report: Michigan communities, water face twin assault from environmental budget cuts

LCV, MEC urge lawmakers to consider combined impact of state, federal proposals LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are rushing to pass budgets that . . .

Trump budget is double whammy for states like Michigan

Cuts to EPA cripple Michigan’s ability to provide fundamental environmental safeguards in communities across the state LANSING—The Michigan League of Conservation Voters . . .

Michigan agencies will be left unable to fully protect its unique natural resources under MI House plan

Bill would restrict Michigan to federal minimum environmental protections and mandate that state agencies ditch proactive problem solving LANSING – Today, the . . .

Just Released: Governor Snyder’s Report Card

Bi-annual report offers grades for administration’s record on key issues impacting Michigan’s land, water and air The Michigan League of Conservation Voters . . .

As Michigan prepares for Earth Day, Senate panel votes to slash bedrock environmental safeguards

Budget cuts approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would slash essential programs that protect Michigan residents from tainted drinking water and . . .

2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard Released

Bipartisan support for clean energy scored as ‘big win’ for Michiganders and environment February 22, 2017, Ann Arbor, MI — The Michigan . . .

Tell your legislators that you know the score!

After checking out our 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard, tell your legislators that you care about conservation and environmental issues and you care how they vote.

AUDIO: Preparing For The Unknown In A New Administration

President Trump has put forth his nominees to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. Lawmakers, pundits and advocates . . .

FROM THE ROOFTOPS – George Heartwell

I happen to believe that history will judge kindly those who continued to shout, from the rooftops, through their own weariness and . . .

Lame Duck Watch:

So many bad ideas, so little time In the last few weeks of the year following an election — during what is . . .

Lake Erie Clean Up Progress Lags as Region Prepares for Major Summer Algal Bloom

Groups mark third anniversary of Toledo drinking water crisis by reporting on priority actions, setting bar for annual progress by jurisdictions On . . .

Conservation Community Responds to NOAA’s Lake Erie Algae Bloom Forecast

Today, NOAA released their final forecast for the summer’s algal bloom in the western Lake Erie basin this year, which typically lasts . . .

Michigan LCV to Snyder: Shut down Line 5 now

Following the Attorney General’s statement, Governor must act swiftly to avert crisis in the Great Lakes LANSING—The Michigan League of Conservation Voters offered the . . .

Michigan LCV applauds state for holding line against conflicts of interest, urges state to shut down Line 5

Following revelations of conflicts of interest, State of Michigan fires firm working on risk analysis of pipeline The Michigan League of Conservation . . .

Groups: Michigan Plan Insufficient to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (June 14, 2017) – The state of Michigan yesterday released an action plan to help stop harmful algal blooms . . .

Report: Michigan communities, water face twin assault from environmental budget cuts

LCV, MEC urge lawmakers to consider combined impact of state, federal proposals LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are rushing to pass budgets that . . .

Trump budget is double whammy for states like Michigan

Cuts to EPA cripple Michigan’s ability to provide fundamental environmental safeguards in communities across the state LANSING—The Michigan League of Conservation Voters . . .

Michigan agencies will be left unable to fully protect its unique natural resources under MI House plan

Bill would restrict Michigan to federal minimum environmental protections and mandate that state agencies ditch proactive problem solving LANSING – Today, the . . .

Michiganders understand what’s at stake, but we need to make sure our elected officials share our convictions. Achieving that is going to take education, advocacy, and political action. And all three of those strategies rely on you—your commitment and your willingness to fight for the people and places you love.

By getting involved, you can help put Michigan back on track toward conserving our greatest resources and tackling the pressing issues facing our state and our communities. This page is where you can learn more about the issues we are focusing on right now and how people like you are already making an impact for the good of our state.


There are big threats facing our communities and our state, but folks like you are already making a difference. Here are some recent victories:

PIPELINE SECRECY: 

You have a right to know about oil and gas pipelines running under the Great Lakes and through your own backyard. But early in 2016 a bill known as the Pipeline Secrecy Bill (House Bill 4540) was poised to take away your access to critical safety information about pipelines in your community and across the state. Michigan LCV  members from across the state galvanized a coalition of Democratic and Republican lawmakers who were able to hit the brakes on this bad bill! Thanks to the support and action of Michiganders like you, critical information about the quality and safety of Michigan’s oil pipelines will remain available to the public. 

ST. CLAIR PIPELINE: 

Word got out in early 2016 that an oil company wanted to pump heavy crude oil to refineries in Canada through pipelines under the St. Clair River that were a whopping 98 years-old! But Michigan LCV members understood what was at stake, sprung into action and it paid off big time! Nearly 2,500 Michigan LCV members like you said “NO” with one voice and it was heard loud and clear.. Thanks to your advocacy, the oil company officially revoked its request to ship crude under this critical Great Lakes waterway!

DEQ BACKTRACKS ON AIR TOXICS:

Michiganders definitely do not want more toxic chemicals pumped into the air we breathe. But last year, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was poised to give the green light for just that. The agency wanted to completely stop monitoring about 600 untested chemicals that are released by smokestacks throughout Michigan communities. After Michigan LCV delivered more than 800 letters opposing the rule change in the course of three weeks, in April of 2016 the DEQ officially backed down! They agreed that lowering the standards would undermine public health, particularly in areas already overburdened by the health effects of air pollution. In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis this is a positive sign from the DEQ, but we all know this department still has a long way to go to regain the trust of Michiganders.

Because people like you are stepping up and taking action, Michigan LCV has been able to help win these fights and is prepared to win the next one. Thank you!