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Office of Outdoor Recreation Created

May 24, 2019

Given the abundance of natural resources and outdoor recreation in Michigan, the state is taking a step to further promote outdoor recreation activities throughout Michigan. To accomplish that, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. The new office will be a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and […]

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House Committee Approves Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources Spending

Mar 01, 2019

$26 million would be appropriated for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, under legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week. The money would come from the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which under the Michigan constitution is used to support these types of projects. The projects outlined in the bill […]

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House Dems Call for Action on PFAS

Sep 07, 2018

This week members of the House Democratic caucus held a press conference to urge the legislature to take immediate action to strengthen PFAS water quality standards. Since PFAS was first discovered in private Michigan wells last year, 16 out of 83 counties have identified contaminated sites, with thousands of additional sites still being tested. The […]

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Michigan Sells Nearly $150m in Bonds

Aug 10, 2018

State Treasurer Nick Khouri announced that the State of Michigan sold more than $149 million in General Obligation Environmental Program Bonds. The bonds are being issued under the Great Lakes Protection and Clean Michigan Initiative Program and will primarily support environmental contamination remediation, water infrastructure, asset management plans, and water quality monitoring in communities across […]

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Managed Public Land Strategy Approved

Jun 29, 2018

This week, Governor Rick Snyder approved of a strategy removing land purchasing caps for the State of Michigan. The plan provides for legislative approval of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Managed Public Land Strategy and establishes procedures and guidelines for how and when they state can purchase land in Michigan. In 2012, legislation was […]

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Leaders Announce Funding for Soo Locks Upgrade

Jun 01, 2018

This week, four of Michigan’s government leaders joined together to announce $50 million in funding for Soo Locks upgrades. For the announcement, Governor Rick Snyder was joined by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, and House Speaker Tom Leonard. Over the past few weeks, the leaders have worked together to identify funding […]

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Statewide Study on PFAS in Water Announced

May 25, 2018

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced plans to conduct a state-wide study of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in public water supplies. The cost of the comprehensive study is $1.7 million. PFAS compounds are a group of emerging and potentially harmful contaminants used in thousands of applications globally including firefighting foam, food packaging, […]

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Senate Passes Legislation Increasing Park Funding

May 18, 2018

This week, the Senate passed legislation aimed at supporting state and local parks, funding recreational projects and needs throughout the state, and creating more flexibility in the use of funds. The package includes a Joint Resolution and three Senate bills that would alter the way revenue to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) and […]

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