Protect Lake Michigan
We should be doing everything we can to protect Lake Michigan. But 55% of streams in Great Lake states are at risk of pollution—including those that feed Lake Michigan.
68 million pounds of toxic pollution
Lake Michigan’s importance to Illinois can’t be overstated. Millions of Illinoisans spend their summers basking on the lakeshore or swimming in its cool water, and many more rely on its thriving fishing industry for their livelihoods. Yet despite its beauty, immense popularity and importance to Illinoisans, the Lake continues to be treated like a personal sewer for the region’s largest polluters.
Unfortunately, two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions left 55 percent of the streams and wetlands in the eight Great Lake states at risk of more pollution. Even worse, in 2010, 68 million pounds of toxic pollution were dumped into waterways in these states—much of which makes its way into the Great Lakes.
Lake Michigan needs our help
Your activism and our advocacy are a powerful combination, and they’ve gotten the Environmental Protection Agency to take big first steps to protect the streams and wetlands that feed and filter Lake Michigan. But big polluters are ramping up their efforts to stop the administration from moving forward.They’re not giving up the fight, and neither can we.
We know that a win for big polluters means less protection for our treasured Lake. If we can show enough public support, the EPA will protect our waterways. That’s why we’re mobilizing thousands of Illinoisans to take a stand for Lake Michigan.
Together, we can win
Protecting waterways like Lake Michigan is a huge challenge, but we are on the verge of a major victory. Together, our staff, allies and supporters like you can help ensure that this victory remains on the books, and that our elected officials continue to work to protect all streams and wetlands here in Illinois and across the country.
Tell the EPA to close the loopholes and protect Lake Michigan.
- 55% of streams in Great Lakes states are at risk of unchecked pollution, including those that feed Lake Michigan.
Loopholes in the Clean Water Act have left more than 48,000 miles of streams in Illinois open to unchecked pollution.
These loopholes threaten Lake Michigan, which provides drinking water for 8.5 million Illinoisans.
The Environmental Protection Agency has moved to protect Lake Michigan—but big polluters and developers are trying to block protections.
Your support will help us close the loopholes and protect Lake Michigan—just like member support helped us protect Lake Michigan from BP’s toxic dumping.