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

Heartwell: China, Go Figure!

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

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 . . .

Michigan Senate Hands $50 Million Tax Break to Chronic Polluter

In the face of bipartisan opposition, AK Steel’s Dearborn Works on track to receive massive payday without cleaning up their act The . . .

The Latest: Energy Policy in Michigan

Where are we now? Thanks largely to Michigan’s clean energy standards—created by a bipartisan team of legislators in 2008—our state has seen . . .

Big Wins For Conservation In August Primary Election

Your support helped elect strong candidates in close primary election match-ups across the state! MICHIGAN LCV’S electoral strategy this year is all . . .

DEQ Director Has Chance to Prove Everyone Wrong

Past with oil industry does not need to define future for DEQ head On July 14, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Heidi Grether . . .

Black Star Farms Solar Tour Highlights Clean Energy Benefits for Businesses

SUTTONS BAY — The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Black Star Farms and Groundwork Center brought together industry and community leaders . . .

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 . . .

Groups call on U.S. EPA to Stand Up for a Clean Lake Erie

Businesses, Environmental-Conservation Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue December 20, 2016, Columbus, OH – Today a coalition of fishing boat captains, . . .

Conservation Groups Applaud Michigan’s Inclusion of Lake Erie in Impaired Waters Report

LANSING — On November 10, 2016, Governor Snyder and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listed the open waters of western . . .

Lame Duck Watch:

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

Big Wins For Conservation In August Primary Election

Your support helped elect strong candidates in close primary election match-ups across the state! MICHIGAN LCV’S electoral strategy this year is all . . .

Enbridge: Accounting For One Blunder, While Making Another

Enbridge Energy reached settlement of $172M for causing the worst inland oil spill in US HISTORY. The Kalamazoo River has been compromised by . . .

Lake Erie Needs Our Help

With a new DEQ director in place, the time to act is now As Lake Erie continues to suffer from toxic algal . . .

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 . . .

Big Wins For Conservation In August Primary Election

Your support helped elect strong candidates in close primary election match-ups across the state! MICHIGAN LCV’S electoral strategy this year is all . . .

DEQ Director Has Chance to Prove Everyone Wrong

Past with oil industry does not need to define future for DEQ head On July 14, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Heidi Grether . . .

Michigan LCV Opposes Bills That Undermine Outdoor Legacy, Jeopardize Tourism

LANSING — The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) condemned the passing of Senate Bill 39 and 40 out of the Senate . . .

Michigan LCV Announces Bipartisan Slate of Endorsements for State House in November General Election

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) issued General Election endorsements for the Michigan House of Representatives today. . . .

Michigan’s Natural Resources Win Big in State House Primary Elections

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is celebrating the results of the August 2016 primary this evening, as . . .

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 . . .

Groups call on U.S. EPA to Stand Up for a Clean Lake Erie

Businesses, Environmental-Conservation Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue December 20, 2016, Columbus, OH – Today a coalition of fishing boat captains, . . .

Conservation Groups Applaud Michigan’s Inclusion of Lake Erie in Impaired Waters Report

LANSING — On November 10, 2016, Governor Snyder and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listed the open waters of western . . .

Lame Duck Watch:

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

Big Wins For Conservation In August Primary Election

Your support helped elect strong candidates in close primary election match-ups across the state! MICHIGAN LCV’S electoral strategy this year is all . . .

Enbridge: Accounting For One Blunder, While Making Another

Enbridge Energy reached settlement of $172M for causing the worst inland oil spill in US HISTORY. The Kalamazoo River has been compromised by . . .

Lake Erie Needs Our Help

With a new DEQ director in place, the time to act is now As Lake Erie continues to suffer from toxic algal . . .

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!