Author: Mitch Barrows

Freshwater Weekly – March 23, 2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by

This week:  Freshwater Future in Washington D.C. +  preventing algal blooms + funding opportunities FRESHWATER FUTURE WENT TO WASHINGTON Freshwater Future staff recently traveled to Washington D.C for Great Lakes Day—an annual convening at which residents, grassroots groups, and environmental organizations educate Congress about policies and funding to sustain and improve drinking water infrastructure and […]

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Freshwater Future Visits Washington D.C for Annual Great Lakes Day

Posted on March 22, 2018 by

Freshwater Future staff recently traveled to Washington D.C for Great Lakes Day—an annual convening at which residents, grassroots groups, and environmental organizations educate Congress about policies and funding to sustain and improve drinking water infrastructure and conservation programs. More than 120 groups traveled to the capital to meet with members of congress from their respective […]

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Freshwater Weekly 3/15/18

Posted on March 15, 2018 by

This week: Budget bills undermine clean water + U.S. agencies say Michigan sulfide mine permit insufficient +  funding opportunities. THIS WEEK’S ACTION: BUDGET “RIDERS” UNDERMINE CLEAN WATER PROTECTIONS The 2018 Senate and House appropriations bills contain add-ons (we call them “riders”) that threaten the safety of U.S waterways. Riders are attached to larger pieces of […]

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Federal Agencies Question Back Forty Sulfide Mine Permit

Posted on March 14, 2018 by

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service sent a joint letter to the state of Michigan identifying key deficiencies in the wetlands permit submitted by Aquila Resources for the proposed Back Forty mine. The proposed sulfide mine would be located on the Michigan side of the Upper […]

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Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget Undermines Clean Water

Posted on February 14, 2018 by

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget leaves our nation’s water imperiled. Cutting EPA’s budget would devastate its ability to enforce water pollution laws and regulations, help states clean up polluted water bodies, protect groundwater, restore beaches and coastal areas, oversee compliance with drinking water standards, and provide assistance to water systems. The Trump administration claims to […]

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Four Michigan Bills Could Dramatically Alter State’s Environmental Law

Posted on January 10, 2018 by

Michiganders, we need your help to stop two sets of bills that would undermine existing environmental protections and dramatically change how our environmental laws are implemented. If passed, these bills could impact all environmental law in Michigan, for years to come. Senate Bill 652 transfers decision-making power from environmental experts to a committee of stakeholders comprised […]

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Michigan Proposes Stricter Standard on Lead, Replacing Lead Pipes Statewide

Posted on December 12, 2017 by

Image: From left to right, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis and an increasing amount of attention being paid to the nation’s degrading infrastructure, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has put forth a proposal to lower the […]

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Some Great Days for the Great Lakes in Canada

Posted on December 8, 2017 by

For two hectic days in mid-November, over 25 advocates representing environmental and conservation interests, municipalities, business, and industry came together in Ottawa for the second annual Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Parliament Hill Days. Organized by Freshwater Future, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the Council of the Great Lakes Region and the […]

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