WMEAC was largely created to protect freshwater resources in West Michigan.  Our first significant accomplishment was the banning of the pesticide DDT.  We led the passage of the Inland Lakes and Streams Act and the Great Lakes Oil Drilling Ban.

Today we are active in the fight against stormwater runoff, excessive water use via fracking, aquatic invasive species and other threats to Michigan’s freshwater. We do this because water is our region’s most precious resource.  A full 20% of the world’s fresh surface water touches Michigan.  It defines our state and our community. And that is the same water WMEAC’s founders fought to protect a generation ago.  If we squander it by failing to protect the Grand River, neighboring watersheds, or the Great Lakes, the impact will be felt for generations.

Learn about our watershed educational programs here.

Learn about our work in stormwater management and low impact develoment here.

Learn about our rain barrel workshops here. 

WMEAC Policy Positions on Key Water Quality Issues


Nonpoint Source Water Pollution 

Groundwater Protection

Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and Gas Pipelines

Great Lakes Protection & Restoration

Onsite Wastewater Treatment


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