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News Advisory                                                                                        More Information:
For Thursday, May 1                                                                                                              Cyndi Roper (Macomb/Grand Rapids events)
                                                                                                                                                            314-393-7831 (cell)
                                                                                                                                                            Brian Imus (Oakland event)
                                                                                                                                                             Dan Farough (Lansing event)

State’s Water Quality Program Targeted
Campaign Aims At Polluters Who Get A Free Ride

On Thursday, May 1 at Metro Beach on Lake St. Clair, in Southfield along the Rouge River, in Grand Rapids at the Grand River, and at the State Capital in Lansing, leading environmental groups will unveil a major new campaign aimed at reforming Michigan’s troubled water quality regulatory program. As Michiganders prepare for the summer boating and swimming season, the new Stand Up for Michigan’s Waters initiative (www.michiganswater.org) will announce plans to reform a program that freely allows 1,500 corporate and other polluters throughout the state to dump waste into Michigan’s Great Lakes, rivers and streams. Michigan taxpayers now pay for enforcing water quality laws while polluters are granted cost-free permits to discharge waste into waterways.  The announcement comes as state lawmakers study budget proposals that could jeopardize the state’s program for regulating water pollution in the Great Lakes and waterways throughout the state.

Who:          Clean Water Action, Ecology Center, League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Environmental Council, PIRGIM, Sierra Club, West Michigan Environmental Action Council                      and other Stand Up for Michigan’s Waters member organizations.

What:         Media events announcing new Clean Water campaign

Where:      10 a.m. Metro Beach, Surfside Shelter near Day Sail Ramp; 10 a.m. Southfield River Walk at the underpass of Civic Center Drive and Telegraph Road along the Rouge                             River.at Civic Center Drive, Southfield; 10 a.m. Riverside Park, Grand Rapids, and; 1 p.m., Room 55, State Capital Building.
Visuals:    Two-color, poster-sized Michigan map with identifying pollution discharge sites and campaign theme.  At the Oakland County, Macomb County and Grand Rapids sites the                         backdrop will be major waterways that are waste discharge points.

Sent by:
David Holtz
Sierra Club