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Clean Energy Means Clean Water: The Water Energy Nexus Explained

Posted on April 19, 2019 by

Most children know that turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth saves water, but it’s less intuitive to see that turning off the bathroom light or opening windows in the summer can too. People have been using water as energy since 200 BC when the Romans used water to turn mills that crushed […]

Trump’s Proposed 2020 Budget Includes Significant Cuts to the GLRI, EPA, and Research  

Posted on March 29, 2019 by

President Donald Trump recently announced his proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. The budget includes dramatic cuts to many dependable social programs like the SNAP Program, Housing and Urban Development, and Medicaid. Some of the most substantial cuts are to many critical environmental programs for toxic waste removal, EPA oversight, and most notably the […]

What’s Next for Lake Erie?

Posted on March 14, 2019 by

For years, we’ve worked to ensure that the provincial, state and federal governments of Canada and the United States produced strong, science-based, well-funded plans to protect Lake Erie.  Now that those plans have been finalized and released – what’s next? For Freshwater Future Canada, we turn our focus to implementing those plans – to engaging […]

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, […]

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