Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition

MARQUETTE, MI--   The U.P.’s Mining Action Group is blasting a state decision to let Nestle to draw increased quantities of water from a site in downstate Evart. 

The Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit for Nestle to increase the amount it pumps from 250 gallons a minute to 400 gallons.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The deadline to submit an application for a couple of environmental grant programs is quickly approaching.

Each year the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition provides money through its Community Conservation and Environmental Education grants.

The Community Conservation grant program is designed to challenge U.P. communities to promote conservation values within their watershed or local area.

UPEC also reminds educators of its Environmental Education Grant. Grant maximums are $500 per year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Citizens deserve to have more input on what happens to public land. 

That’s what environmental groups are saying, after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources allowed Orvana Resources to do exploratory drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.  The DNR issued a press release a day after the drilling commenced.

Jon Saari is a board member of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition and a member of the Mining Action Group.  He says that’s not enough notice, and that the public has the right to comment on what happens to a state park.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two environmental groups are hosting a public forum on what they say is a threat to Marquette County’s last stretch of wild lands. 

Save the Wild U.P. and the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition are holding the informational session called “Save the Michigamme Highlands” at Peter White Public Library.  Discussion will focus on the County Road 595 proposal and the Marquette County Road Commission’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.  The route would connect the Eagle Mine with Lundin Mining’s ore processing plant in Humboldt.