Politics Behind Government Funding of "Pure Michigan" Ad Campaign

The "Pure Michigan" Ad Campaign was started by the state of Michigan in 2006. It consists of ads that glorify the state of Michigan with the voice of Michigan celebrities, such as Tim Allen, behind scenic views of Michigan. The ads are intended to get people outside of Michigan to visit the state, which would boost the tourist sector of Michigan's economy. When levels of state funding were low, the controversy behind the scenes between political parties and groups throughout the state was underrepresented. The main benefactor from the Campaign is the tourism industry. However, as state funding increased, a dissonance of opinion regarding government funding of the campaign began.

Michigan's Recreation Passport

On October 1, 2010 the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) launched its Recreation Passport program. The program was proposed by the Citizens Committee for Michigan State Parks who were, "seeking to establish a long-term, stable funding source for the state park system and other public entities."

Obama pushing to bestow $475M on new Great Lakes Superfund

According to The Michigan Messenger, the Obama administration has proposed to set aside $475 million in the 2010 budget to help remedy the problems the Great Lakes have been experiencing due to their increased toxicity. In addition to reducing toxicity, the money will protect wildlife and their habitats, decrease pollution around the shores, and fight invasive species. Adding in the money to upgrade the sewage and drinking water systems, the new proposition, if passed, would increase the federal contribution to the Great Lakes to more than $1 billion (madison.com).
Great Lakes and Recreation
Michigan Universities Announce Creation of New Climate Center PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010 20:12

Two of the largest universities in the state of Michigan have announced a collaborative effort to study climate change and its effect on the Great Lakes.

Asian carp still pose problems as legal battle continues PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 September 2010 00:30

Asian carp continue to be at the forefront of Michigan's public policy as prominent political figures continue to find a way to keep them out of the Great Lakes.

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania are in the midst of a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Illinois that specifically addresses the carp issue.  The lawsuit states that two locks in Illinois should be indefinitely closed is an emergency evasive manuever as a permanent barrier between the Mississippi River Basin and the Great Lakes is put in place.  The U.S. Supreme Court has previously rejected similar efforts.

Asian Carp Controversy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 01:04
There have been many different species that have caused damage to the Great Lakes. The species that has been making news headlines lately is the Asian Carp. These pesky creatures are not yet proven to have infested the Great Lakes, but they have already reached Chicago waterways that connect to the Great Lakes. Some of the Great Lakes states have formed a coalition against Illinois to try and get them to close the locks that connect Chicago waterways to Lake Michigan. I am going to discuss the invasion and prevention of Asian Carp and previous invasive species that have caused damage in the Great Lakes, while also mentioning some of the legal issues.

Potential For Asian Carp Invasion Puts Lawmakers At Odds PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Krohn   
Thursday, 04 February 2010 04:56

Two species of unremarkable looking fish have been thrust into the spotlight as of late, as high-level presidential appointees, governors, and attorneys general from six Great Lakes states position themselves on either side of a controversial policy issue: whether or not to close the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal that currently links the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River system. Proponents of closing the canal say that it must be done immediately to stop two species of Asian Grass Carp, the Silver Carp and the Bighead Carp, from entering Lake Michigan in numbers that could lead to the establishment of a breeding population. It is widely held among scientists that a breeding population of these fish in the Great Lakes could and probably would destroy the commercial and sport fishing industries, with some predicting that this could happen in as little as seven years.

Jumping Asian Carp May Be Invading the Great Lakes PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 December 2009 00:00

Aggressive Asian carp have been traveling for 16 years, spreading up the Mississipi River and into the Illinois River.  The only thing that is preventing them from reaching Michigan is a lock and dam in southern Chicago.  These fish get into certain areas, and destroy native fish populations.  These fish are massive, growing up to four feet long, and weighing up to 100 pounds.

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