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How Youth in Flint & Detroit Showed Me True Resilience

Posted on February 15, 2019 by

  April 2014 marked the beginning of the Flint Water Crisis. The City of Flint had its main drinking water supply switched from Detroit’s Department of Water and Sewage to the Flint River as a cost saving move. What came next sealed the legacy in which we know today. An entire city was forced to […]

EPA PFAS Action Plan Released

Posted on February 15, 2019 by

EPA PFAS Action Plan Released At a press conference yesterday in Philadelphia, Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, released what he calls a “groundbreaking” action plan to respond to nations growing concern of the toxin group we call PFAS. The action plan, however, falls short of action and is far from groundbreaking. […]

What’s in a name? Would PFAS, by any other name be as toxic?

Posted on February 15, 2019 by

PFOA, C-8, Gen-X these are all names of chemicals that fall under the Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances group known colloquially as PFAS. PFAS are toxic in low doses, never break down in the environment or our bodies, and they are literally everywhere. These toxic substances can be found in drinking water all over the country […]

In Flint, trust is earned, and reliable sources are running low.

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

This letter is in response to the recent Bridge article In Flint, trust is lost. And bottled water supplies are running low. In January of last year, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) declared Flint’s drinking water “restored” – citing tests showing that 90% of residential samples had lead levels at or below 6 parts per […]

PFAS Policy Tracker

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

Freshwater Future is committed to protecting drinking water and the Great Lakes. With all the legislative attention PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been getting we decided to keep all our policy updates in one place! Check back here for updates on how the region and nation are responding to the PFAS crisis. You can read more about […]

Gov. Whitmer transforms the MDEQ into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

This week Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs an executive order transforming the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Executive Order 2019-2 also created new offices within the department including the Office of Clean Water Public Advocacy, the Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the Office of Climate and Energy, […]

Limits on (non-partisan) Political Activities Lifted for Canadian Charities

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

The Canadian federal government has proposed new rules for charitable policy advocacy. These rules would allow charities to engage in public policy dialogue and development activities without limitation as long as it furthers the organization’s charitable purposes. Policy advocacy groups will probably not be able to become charities, but the definition of charitable organizations would […]

Press Release: Testing Finds Public Drinking Water in Supplies Contain Harmful Chemicals called PFAS

Posted on February 4, 2019 by

Contact:  Jill Ryan or Stephanie Altrock Phone: 231-348-8200 Email: jill@freshwaterfuture.org or stephanie@freshwaterfuture.org Website: www.freshwaterfuture.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Testing Finds Public Drinking Water Supplies in Michigan Contain Harmful Chemicals called PFAS February 4, 2019 Michigan – Perfluroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, have collectively emerged as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the […]

Press Release: Some in Ottawa, Branch, and Ionia Counties, MI have Drinking Water that Contains Harmful Chemicals called PFAS, But They May Not Know It

Posted on November 19, 2018 by

Contact:  Jill Ryan or Stephanie Altrock Phone: 231-348-8200 Email: jill@freshwaterfuture.org or stephanie@freshwaterfuture.org Website: www.freshwaterfuture.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Testing Finds Public Drinking Water Supplies Contain Harmful Chemicals called PFAS November 19, 2018 Michigan – Perfluroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, have collectively emerged as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the Great Lakes […]

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