Author: Leslie Burk

What is Affordability and How Does it Relate to Water Infrastructure and Contamination?

Posted on January 12, 2021 by

Director’s Note Jill M. Ryan, Executive Director Cambridge English Dictionary defines affordability as: the state of being cheap enough for people to be able to buy. When we talk about the affordability of water, we have to start with the question, who is the customer, in order to determine what amount would be affordable for […]

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Michigan Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Water on Through March 2021

Posted on December 18, 2020 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 18, 2020 Media Contact: Jill Ryan, Executive Director, Freshwater Future, jill@freshwaterfuture.org , (231)348-8200 ext. 2 (Communities across Michigan)– The Michigan Legislature passed legislation yesterday that prohibits water utilities from shutting off water to residents due to non-payment. The legislation, spearheaded by Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), also requires the restoration of […]

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Mayor Duggan’s Detroit Water Affordability Plan Announcement

Posted on December 10, 2020 by

MEDIA STATEMENT  – Monica Lewis-Patrick, President and CEO, We the People of Detroit –  It has been a long time coming, but We the People of Detroit is pleased that Mayor Mike Duggan is taking a step in the right direction with his announcement today regarding the creation of a water affordability plan on behalf […]

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Alert -Blackman Charter Township Water Does Not Meet Drinking Water Standards!

Posted on November 20, 2020 by

Michigan’s Blackman Charter Township officials announced on November 17, 2020 that the water system is not in compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule.  This means homes can experience high lead levels in their water.  Because lead is a highly toxic metal, it is important to take steps to reduce lead if you live in […]

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Thank you Flint Community Lab Funders and Partners

Posted on October 13, 2020 by

“Our destiny is not written for us, it’s written by us” — Barack Obama Thanks to many, the vision for a trusted lab where residents could have their water tested for free by Flint residents and provide educational opportunities for youth in the sciences and technology is now a reality.  We are humbled and honored […]

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Take Action NOW – Keep Tap Water ON During Covid-19!

Posted on October 9, 2020 by

Recently, the Michigan Supreme Court struck down Governor Whitmer’s moratorium on water shutoffs and restoration of water services to residents. NOW is not the time to resume water shutoffs – we are heading into flu season during a pandemic and the CDC says washing hands frequently is the best prevention to spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 has […]

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The First Community-Based Laboratory of Its Kind in the World: The Flint Community Lab Celebrates Grand Opening

Posted on October 9, 2020 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2020 Media Contacts: Shelly Sparks, Flint Development Center – ssparks@flintdc.org /810-422-9833 Leslie Burk, Freshwater Future – leslie@freshwaterfuture.org /231-348-8200 Marcia Gray, Thermo Fisher Scientific/Nalgene Water Fund – mgray@graycreate.com /617-990-7720 The First Community-Based Laboratory of Its Kind in the World: The Flint Community Lab Celebrates Grand Opening Flint, MI – On Friday, […]

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Flint Community Lab Celebrates Virtual Grand Opening – Livestreamed on October 9th, 2020!

Posted on October 2, 2020 by

On Friday, October 9th, 2020, 11:00am EST, Flint Community Lab partners, staff, and students along with funders and community leaders will celebrate the grand opening of The McKenzie Patrice Croom Flint Community Lab. The event will be livestreamed to protect public health and follow Covid-19 protocols. Join us as we celebrate the virtual grand opening […]

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Freshwater Weekly: September 11, 2020

Posted on September 13, 2020 by

THIS WEEK: Fish Elevator Improves Lake Sturgeons Spawning Success Rate + Water Quality: A Focal Point For The Great Lake States + Milwaukee Is Far From Their Goal Of 1,100 Replaced Lead Lines By Year’s End + Fall Project Grants Due September 30!  Fish Elevator Good News for Lake Sturgeon The once abundant population of lake sturgeon […]

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Chicago Water Council Locates Residents Without Water, And There’s More

Posted on August 28, 2020 by

Amid COVID-19, Freshwater Future has doubled down on their support for water councils through the Great Lake region to ensure people have running water in their homes. In April of 2020, a reporter in Chicago, IL disclosed information cultivated through an investigation on the number of Chicago residents living without running water. Revealing a staggering […]

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