Author: Mitch Barrows

Freshwater Weekly – May 11th, 2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by

This week: Farming and nutrient pollution + Ontario’s indigenous water crisis + Flint lead pipe replacement resumes + Ontario budget a win for the Great Lakes Spring Weather Prompts Flint Lead Pipe Replacement to Resume Flint’s City Council approved nearly $28 million in contracts to five different companies at a special meeting last Wednesday. The […]

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Freshwater Weekly – May 4th, 2018

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This week: the Soo Locks + Wisconsin refinery explosion + new Line 5 oil spill estimate + Ontario Freshwater Priorities Interview: FWF Executive Director on Lake Erie Algae Problem DWILS 1320 radio station out of Lansing, Michigan interviewed our Executive Director—Jill Ryan—about Lake Erie’s algae problem. Jill reacted to Ohio’s recent announcement (read our summary […]

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Freshwater Weekly — April 27th, 2018

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This week: Foxconn gets 7 million gallons/day + oil spill simulation + Flint crisis anniversary + Ontario ferrochrome smelter + algae forecast Wisconsin DNR Approves Diversion for Planned Foxconn LCD Factory   Late Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) publicly announced their approval of a plan to provide Foxconn Technology Group 7 million […]

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Freshwater Weekly — April 20th, 2018

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This week: Senate Rejects Weaker Invasive Species Standard + Lake Erie “Impaired” + Ontario Teams Up With California on Climate + Farm Bill U.S. Senate Rejects Bill Stripping Protections Against Invasive Species   If you participated in our letter campaign earlier this week, you have reason to celebrate! Despite pressure from the shipping industry, a […]

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Lake Erie Impairment Designation is Good, but Lawmaker Action Still Needed to Fix the Problem

Posted on April 19, 2018 by

By Adam Rissien As Principal of Land Ethic Consulting, LLC., Adam assists those dedicated to improving our natural world. He offers a range of services, and brings a demonstrated history of protecting public lands, improving fish and wildlife habitat, safeguarding streams and clean drinking water, advancing agricultural policy reforms, and working to secure a clean […]

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The Lead and Copper Rule Is Not a Health Based Rule

Posted on April 19, 2018 by

By Elin Betanzo Elin Betanzo is a water quality engineer and founder of Safe Water Engineering LLC. A former Environmental Engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she assists water utilities with Lead and Copper Rule compliance and developing lead service line replacement programs. The Detroit News published an editorial about drinking water quality in […]

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Senate Bill Would Repeal Clean Water Act Protections Against Invasive Species

Posted on April 17, 2018 by

UPDATE: We successfully garnered enough support to stop this bill moving forward. Thank you to our Great Lakes Senators!   The United States Senate is poised to vote on the Coast Guard Authorization Act as early as this week. In its current form, the bill exempts ballast water pollution from Clean Water Act protections. Ships […]

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Freshwater Weekly — April 13th, 2018

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This week: Flint + Trade Wars and Water Quality + New Plan for Lake Huron This Week’s Action: Michigan Halts Free Bottled Water for Flint Last Friday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the State will cease shipments of free bottled water to Flint residents affected by the water crisis, despite widespread distrust of and […]

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Freshwater Future Condemns Michigan’s Decision to End Free Bottled Water Program for Flint Residents

Posted on April 9, 2018 by

Freshwater Future is disheartened by the State of Michigan’s decision to end state-sponsored bottled water distribution, and we urge the State to reconsider. Take Action Here The city has rapidly replaced 6,200 lead service lines, but local officials say more than 12,000 could remain. As pipes are replaced, dislodged debris can cause dangerous lead-level spikes […]

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Freshwater Weekly — March 30, 2018

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This week:  Happy Holiday + Michigan Lead Rule Revision + AquaHacking + Ohio Declares Lake Erie “Impaired” HAPPY HOLIDAY FROM FRESHWATER FUTURE We wish you a safe and joyous holiday weekend. Freshwater Weekly will be taking a break next week, but we’ll be back in your inbox on April 13th. MICHIGAN PROPOSES STRICTER LEAD RULE, QUESTIONS […]

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