Author: Leslie Burk

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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BHCWC Water Filter Drive Thru Event Shows Up And Shows Out

Posted on August 28, 2020 by

Residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan have always carried a strong spirit of justice and equitable treatment. They are not to be pushed around and their tenacity caught the attention of Freshwater Future — summer of 2018 a partnership was conceived and the Benton Harbor Community Water Council (BHCWC) was born. Spring of 2018 water samples […]

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Public Health and Lead in Water: Our View

Posted on August 28, 2020 by

Freshwater Future has worked for years to help ensure people can protect themselves from lead and other contaminants in drinking water, and one thing is clear to us: there is no safe level of lead. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has long held “the best available science which shows there is no safe level of […]

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McKenzie Patrice Croom Flint Community Lab Receives 2020 US Water Prize

Posted on July 17, 2020 by

(Pictured – Shelly Sparks, Flint Development Center Director, presented with the 2020 US Water Prize commemorative glass sculpture)   For Immediate ReleaseJuly 17, 2020 Petoskey and Flint, Michigan – The McKenzie Patrice Croom Flint Community Water Lab, the first of its kind in the world, provides a trusted laboratory for Flint, Michigan residents for water […]

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