Author: Alexis Smith

PFAS

Posted on November 20, 2020 by

What We Know Since the 1940’s a number of products made to repel oil and water, as well as fire retardants, contain the man-made chemicals, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Today, PFAS are found in nonstick cookware,  flame- and water-resistant clothing, food wrappers, plumber’s tape, stain prevention products, and even coatings on wires. Unfortunately, now […]

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States Lead the Way in Regulating Certain PFAS Due to Lack of Action at the Federal Level

Posted on November 4, 2020 by

Per- and polyflourinated substances (PFAS) can be found just about everywhere these days. Some of the first products that used PFAS were non-stick cookware.  PFAS can now be found in such items as clothes and shoes, carpets, couches, food wrappers, fire fighting foam and so much more. It also is found in our air, soil, […]

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Provides Funding for Lead Service Line Replacement

Posted on October 29, 2020 by

There are an estimated 6.1 to 9.3 million lead service lines – pipes carrying drinking water – across the country. Ohio is second in the nation for lead service lines at an estimated 650,000 lead service lines carrying water to families’ homes, second only to IL. While it is unclear how much money it will […]

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City of Toledo Receives EPA Grant to Utilize Artificial Intelligence to Identify Lead Water Lines

Posted on October 1, 2020 by

For years, Junction Coalition, a Toledo Community Organization, has partnered with Freshwater Future to tackle water related issues such as: lead service lines, harmful algae blooms (HABS), water disconnection, and many more water-related disparities that directly and indirectly impact minority and low-socioeconomic communities the most. Now, these groups and others are partnering to tackle lead […]

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Freshwater Future Applauds WaterLegacy’s Defense for Clean Water

Posted on September 18, 2020 by

Freshwater Future Applauds WaterLegacy As They Continue To Tell PolyMet “No!” Freshwater Future applauds WaterLegacy as they continue to defend Minnesota water quality standards from industry rollbacks to protect the environment and people within the community from a controversial mine project. WaterLegacy has developed a cohort of partners from indigenious tribes and food gatherers to […]

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2020 Water Is Life Event Goes Virtual September 5-6th

Posted on September 4, 2020 by

A free public event centering indigeneity, water, art, and the power of community Emmet County, MI – The Water Is Life Festival (WILF) is an annual event that celebrates our connection to the water and builds power through community so we can work towards living in a holistic way with the water and protect it […]

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Toledo Water Council Fully Supports the $50,000 Grant for Full Lead Line Repair

Posted on September 4, 2020 by

Department of Public Utilities Is Awarded $50,000 For Full Lead Line Repair to families living without their water during COVID-19 The City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhood awarded the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) $50,000 in support of full lead line repair to residents who are currently living without running water in their home. The […]

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Freshwater Weekly: August 26, 2020

Posted on August 26, 2020 by

August 20, 2020 This week: Flint Children Beneficiaries of Legal Settlement + New York’s Environmental Justice Communities Eligible for New Water Infrastructure Project Financial Incentives + The 2020 Water Is Life Festival Goes Virtual Sept 5 and 6th + The Great Waterspout Outbreak of 2020 + Show Your Lake Erie Love on Social Media, August […]

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