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Michigan’s waters and environmental values are under attack.
In the next two weeks, Michigan citizens have an opportunity to defend them from a lame duck Legislature that is defying the clear mandate of the State Constitution and the preferences of strong majorities of Michigan voters.
Michiganders are not clamoring to leave 500,000 acres of wetlands, over 3,000 lakes and over 20,000 miles of streams undefended. They are not calling for Michigan environmental standards to be weakened to minimum federal requirements. They are not asking the state to take away the authority of their local governments to enact tree ordinances or protect groundwater from failing septic systems. And Michiganders are not calling for continued operation for 10 more years of decaying petroleum pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac by and for the benefit of a Canadian company with a shoddy environmental track record. Yet all these things could become law before the end of 2018.
Please take a few minutes to learn about one or more of these issues and make your views known to the legislators who are charged with representing you.