Protect Lake Michigan
Whether we're fishing off a dock, swimming at Oak Street Beach or sailing along the coast, we should be able to enjoy Lake Michigan without worrying about sewage pollution and unsafe bacteria levels. But each year, billions of gallons of sewage ends up in the Great Lakes, resulting in hundreds of beach closings in Illinois. We're urging the Environmental Protection Agency to keep sewage pollution out of Lake Michigan
Billions of gallons of sewage pollution
From summertime trips out to the beach to fishing and swimming in its waters, Lake Michigan is part of our heritage and part of the legacy we want our kids to inherit and enjoy.
Unfortunately, billions of gallons of sewage pollution are dumped into the Great Lakes every year, posing a significant health risk to people and wildlife. Bacteria levels have prompted more than 400 beach closings on Illinois’s shores every year since 2005.
It's time for the EPA to act
The Environmental Protection Agency can remedy this problem by setting new standards to curb the runoff pollution that causes sewage overflows and other beach pollution. We're urging the EPA to protect Lake Michigan.
New energy for restoring Lake Michigan
The people and wildlife that rely on Lake Michigan for drinking water, recreation and habitat are threatened by the millions of gallons of sewage pollution that flow into it every year. During the summer, beaches up and down our state’s 60 miles of shoreline are flagged for bacteria levels above state standards, and swimmers are told to stay away.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering updating its rules to cut the sewage pollution that threatens the Lake, but polluters and their allies in Congress are trying to prevent the EPA from doing its job. That’s why we’re working to show the EPA that Illinoisans want them to protect Lake Michigan.
Together, we can win
Supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, testify in Springfield and in Washington, D.C., and persuade elected officials to make the right choices.
By taking action online, you can show the EPA that the public overwhelmingly supports stronger protections for Lake Michigan.
Tell the EPA to protect Lake Michigan from sewage pollution.
- Each year, billions of gallons of sewage flow into the Great Lakes, causing unsafe bacteria levels.
- Bacteria has caused more than 400 days of Illinois beach closings each year since 2005.
- Polluters and their allies in Congress are trying prevent the EPA from doing its job.
- We're urging the EPA to create strong rules that will protect Lake Michigan from sewage overflows.