Urge your lawmaker to extend the moratorium on water shut offs

Michiganders are once again at risk of having their water shut off due to failure to pay their bills. We need your help to keep the taps on for Michigan families. 

Late last year, State Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced Senate Bill 241 that was signed into law banning water shut offs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This law was crucial to providing access to water for drinking and washing hands at home, but it was temporary. The current moratorium on shut offs expires on March 31, putting Michigan families at risk of having their water shut off once again. Water shut offs impact Michiganders across the state in both urban and rural areas. It’s time to put a stop to water shut offs once and for all. 

We need your help protecting Michigan’s right to running water. Send your lawmaker a message urging them to pass Senate Bill 271 that extends the moratorium on water shut offs past March 31.

Remove unfair restrictions for rooftop solar in Michigan

Rooftop solar in Michigan has been a huge success. As the technology has become more affordable, many Michiganders are installing solar panels on their rooftops to reduce their energy bills and do their part to reduce pollution in our air and combat climate change.

Major utility companies set in place an arbitrary 1% cap on the amount of customers that can hook up their rooftop solar installations to the energy grid to sell excess power. That cap has been reached by some of Michigan’s largest utility companies, which means additional customers who want to generate their own clean energy through rooftop solar will be unable to do so.

House Bill 4236 would remove this artificial cap and open the door for more Michiganders to lower their energy costs and reduce pollution in our air by generating their own clean energy. If lawmakers do not pass legislation to remove the cap, growth in rooftop solar will come to a halt in Michigan, closing the door on a huge opportunity to reduce pollution and create good clean energy jobs.

We need your help to send a message to your lawmaker urging them to pass House Bill 4236 to remove the cap on the amount of customers who can generate their own clean energy.

Tell your lawmaker: Expand recycling and provide more funding for contaminated site cleanup

Passed over four decades ago, Michigan’s 10-cent bottle deposit law has been a huge success, helping incentivize recycling and providing funding for cleanup of contaminated sites.

 

Now, we have an opportunity to expand this highly successful program to include more containers, like water bottles, to further increase the recycling rate and provide even more money to contaminated site cleanup.

Recently introduced legislation by Sen. McCann and Rep. Morse will allow plastic water bottles and other containers to be returned along with bottles and cans. In addition to expanding the list of accepted returnables, the bill would provide additional funds for contaminated site cleanup, protecting our drinking water and the health of Michigan communities.

We need your help to add water bottles to the list of accepted returnables and increase funding for contaminated site cleanup. Send a message to your lawmaker telling them to expand the bottle bill for increased recycling and contaminated site cleanup.

Tell your lawmaker: Support legislation to protect Michigan’s air and drinking water

Senate Bill 147 would repeal Public Act 602 of 2018, dubbed “No Stricter Than Federal,” which prohibits the state from setting protections for our air and drinking water that are more stringent than federal standards.

Given Michigan’s devastating history of water pollution and the presence of tens of thousands of contaminated sites across our state, there is an urgent need for stricter, proactive measures to protect the health of our communities. Restoring the state’s ability to set the highest and most protective standards that work for Michigan to protect our water systems and public health.

Send a message to your lawmaker today, urging them to support SB 147 to protect public health, and ensure all Michiganders have clean air and drinking water.

Urge Your Lawmaker to Hold Polluters Accountable

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives recently introduced HB 4314, a bill that would hold corporate polluters responsible for contamination they cause so they foot the bill for cleanup, not taxpayers.

The bill would remove the statute of limitations for the state to file a civil claim in these cases, remove corporate officers who sit on panels who decide environmental regulations and permits, and require higher fines and bond levels to ensure corporations can pay for the cleanup when pollution occurs.

With threats to our water, like PFAS contamination, we need stronger accountability over parties responsible for contaminating our water.

Send a message to your lawmaker today, urging them to support legislation that would hold corporate polluters accountable for cleaning up and paying for their own messes. 

Wanting to do more to fight for the people and places you love?

We have regional coordinators in four regions of the state: southeast, southwest, west, and northern Michigan. Our awesome team loves getting to know activists like you and are here to help you plug into the fight for our communities and our natural resources!

Even if you’re not in one of our core regions, reach out and we’ll be happy to help you get involved locally! While we don’t have coordinators in every corner of the state yet, we have a statewide membership and volunteer teams are already active in communities around Michigan!

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