House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) announced today that the Michigan House Democrats have formed a task force that will seek to address issues facing conservation in the state, protecting our Great Lakes, water and air quality.
“Michigan is the Great Lakes State, and our geographic position touching four of the five Great Lakes gives us an inherent responsibility to protect those waters, as well as our air and land,” said Greimel. “This task force has representatives from across the state, from Calumet to Clio, who will bring the best policy ideas forward to promote conservation and our overall environmental health.”
The Great Lakes and Conservation Task Force will meet on a regular basis to discuss the myriad issues facing our environment today including: fracking research and legislation; groundwater testing; wetlands protection; wildlife, water and gaming conservation; and prevention and response planning in the case of a disaster such as the Kalamazoo River oil spill.
The co-chairs of the task force are state Representative Charles Brunner (D-Bay City) and Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), the Democratic vice chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of Environmental Quality. Other members of the task force are Reps. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), Scott Dianda (D-Calumet), Fred Durhal Jr. (D-Detroit), Pam Faris (D-Clio), Robert L. Kosowski (D-Westland) and Jon M. Switalski (D-Warren).
“Protecting our precious natural resources is not only beneficial in that it protects our citizens, but it also positively bolsters our great tourism industry in Michigan,” said Greimel. “In order to continue attracting visitors from across the country to Pure Michigan, we must fight for the highest standards of conservation and environmental protection.”