This week, the Michigan State Senate approved by a 23-14 vote a bill that punches gaping holes in the state’s water defenses. Senate Bill 1211 now goes to the State House for a vote during the week of December 10. The legislation removes state legal protection from vast areas of wetlands, lakes, and streams, according to a Michigan Department of Environmental analysis:
Approximately 380,000 wetlands, totaling 550,000 acres are at risk.
At least 4,200 of the 11,000 lakes in Michigan are at risk.
Approximately 21,600 miles of the 36,000 miles of streams in Michigan are at risk.
If you are concerned about protection of these vital public trust resources, we encourage you to immediately contact members of the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness, where the Senate Bill 1211 has been referred, and your state representative immediately.