As a non-profit environmental law center, Midwest Environmental Advocates works to defend public rights, protect natural resources, and ensure transparency and accountability in government.
For two decades, we have provided legal and technical support to those who are working to uphold Wisconsin’s strong tradition of safeguarding public health and natural resources. In addition to providing direct legal assistance, MEA prioritizes educating and empowering citizens. We work to build the power of grassroots community movements by equipping people with skills and knowledge and connecting them to a statewide network of local leaders.
Prior to MEA’s founding in 1999, the dual functions of government watchdog and champion of public rights had been performed by the Public Intervenor’s Office. When the Public Intervenor’s Office was dismantled, Midwest Environmental Advocates was founded in order to fill the void. MEA continues to vigorously defend public rights and to act as the leading environmental watchdog for Wisconsin’s natural resources.