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Call to Action!

As property owners, local businesses, and friends of the lakes, we can contact government officials to gain their support to help restore the lakes. People often think that contacting their government officials will not have any effect. On the contrary, legislators are extremely interested in what the public has to say and it can garner their support to our cause.

NEWS YOU CAN USE!

There is bipartisan support in both the Michigan House and Senate to provide $500 Million for Dam Repairs and Restoration.  This legislation proposes significant funding for the FLTF plan to restore the lakes. Click here to learn more

 

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO!

For the Michigan legislation, there is a process the bills will follow through the summer to get them to a formal vote in the Fall.  These bills are currently in two Committees.  There are 35 elected officials in both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Sub Committee Environmental Quality.  While you could write to all 35 at one time, we suggest watching this site for a weekly updated list of 12 – 13 officials to contact that week (referred to a “wave”).  We plan to update every Sunday evening, so please check back.  At this point, we need to write to the individual Committee members to:

 

  • Express support of the bill(s) while asking them to prioritize this legislative work of their Committee to move it forward to a formal floor vote this Fall.

 

  • Urge our elected officials to allocate $225 million to the repair of the Secord, Smallwood, Edenville, and Sanford dams for the restorations of the Four Lakes in Midland and Gladwin counties.

 

  • Support the FLTF as the legal delegated authority of Gladwin and Midland counties. 

 

  • Should you want to mention the specific legislation in your email, the proposed Senate Bills are 468, 469, 470 and 471; and the proposed House Bills are 4903, 4904, 4906, 4907.  We have been told simply mentioning “Bills focused on Michigan Dam Repair and Safety” is sufficient.

 

BELOW IS A LIST OF KEY LEGISLATORS AND SUGGESTED POINTS FOR YOUR EMAIL or LETTER:

 

For Governor Whitmer                                   Print Friendly Version                    Download Word Version

For Lt. Governor Gilchrist                               Printer Friendly Version                 Download Word Version                     

For Week of Sept 12 - Wave 5 Revised            Print Friendly Version                    Download Word Version

 

For Week of Sept. 19 - Wave 6                       Print Friendly Version                    Download Word Version

List of all 35 Committee Members                   Print Friendly Version                    Download Word Version

 

For Local County Commissioners, they need to hear your support to RestoreTheLakes.   BELOW IS A LIST OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND SUGGESTED POINTS FOR YOUR EMAIL or LETTER:

 

For Gladwin County                                        Print Friendly Version                    Download Word Version

 

For Midland County                                         Print Friendly Version                    Download Word Version

 

For all your communications, please start with the subject line: "RESTORE THE MID-MICHIGAN LAKES"

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How to Deliver your Message

The most efficient and timely manner to communicate with your representatives is through their official web portals when available.  However, you may also email, send a letter through the US Mail or

make a phone call to their office.  

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