Protecting Our Land & Water

There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. 
-Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Us Michigander's have a long, intertwined history with our natural surroundings. The indigenous groups who first tamed and named this land Mishigamaa to the long network of off-road trails that currently take us from lake to lake to lake.  We have been humbled by the storms that rip across the Great Lakes and remind us of nature's power. We know of the beauty of the forests changing colors as we silently hunt in stands and blinds. We have discovered the bounty of food that the woods and waters provide us; and the calming, healing power these same places provide. As an avid outdoors-man, it would be an honor to work to protect these places for generations to come while also expanding their role in our economy.


The Plan

Re-Examining   Line 5

Line 5 is a potential ecological disaster waiting to happen. Worst of all, it's right on our shores. The potential damage this oil line can have extends far beyond the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. All that water flows South to the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair. We have seen the damage that a similar pipeline has had on Kalamazoo and the surrounding area. I want to protect the people of the 81st district from this potential future. 

With poor oversight, a refusal to follow Michigan laws, and the dangerous potential this line poses for our families and local communities, I believe it's time to close Line 5. The gamble of keeping the pipeline open--a gamble against our tourist industries and health of our state and its people--is too high.

Saving Our
Economy

The current outdoor industry generates $26.6 billion annually in the state of Michigan. By protecting our forests, lakes, rivers, and wetlands we can continue to reap these profits for the long term. As your Representative, I will focus conservation efforts in the state towards ensuring that they can strengthen and diversify our economy. I will do so by strengthening local recycling efforts, investing in infrastructure that maintains our natural surroundings, and looking to secure adequate funding for our parks and waterways. I will also work to form public-private partnerships with ethical corporations and local recreation-based businesses to aid local communities in protecting and investing in the great outdoors. By doing so we can keep the environment and our economy healthy.

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Protecting Our Water

It has become clear how Michiganders feel when it comes to our water. Petitions, open hearings, and tons and tons of comments on social media echo the same sentiment: save our Great Lakes. As your representative I will protect our water by enforcing environmental protection laws on the books to keep not only Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River clean, but our wells and aquifers and the fish and plants that inhabit these areas as well. I also want to re-examine the laws that exist that can allow corporations to endlessly pump water out of our state without compensation and accountability without harming our agricultural communities. I want to hold these corporations accountable and ensure that Michigan water stays in Michigan for Michigan use.

 

 

Volunteering

Michigan makes looking beautiful seem easy. Something many of us are familiar with as we enjoy the woods and water of the state in quiet contemplation. The reality is that it takes hard work. To keep our parks functioning, our trails and forests clear of pollution and debris, and our waters clean requires the work of hundreds of hard-working individuals. Individuals that are a key-part in the functioning of our tourist and game industries. I say it's time we gave them a hand.

I would like to spearhead an initiative that makes it easier for Michiganders to lend a hand in keeping our state clean and beautiful. I would like to create a digital volunteer portal that allows citizens to easily engage in direct conservation efforts in their local communities. These can include direct contribution of their time and energy or through Citizen Science Portals that ask citizens to vigilantly record information of the environment they live in, the natural areas they visit, and the animals they fish or trap.


As a fellow outdoor enthusiast, I hope one day to be elbow deep in a cleanup effort with many of my neighbors as we work together to keep Michigan clean.