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Freshwater Weekly 7/20/17

Posted on July 20, 2017 by

This week: a northern lights show + freshwater jellyfish + progress on carp + an opportunity to comment on a Great Lakes pipeline study + more ways you can make a difference. LIGHTS ON! The Northern Lights were on display for residents across the northern Great Lakes overnight on Sunday, and what a show! Photographer […]

Michigan Accepting Comments on the Future of Line 5

Posted on July 20, 2017 by

FRESHWATER FUTURE AND LINE 5 After Enbridge’s Pipeline 6b spilled more than 1.2 million gallons of crude into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010, Freshwater Future led the charge in raising awareness about the existence of a lesser-known Enbridge pipeline: Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. Today the 64-year-old pipeline transports over 22 million gallons […]

Freshwater Weekly 7/13/17

Posted on July 13, 2017 by

This week: a severe forecast for Lake Erie algae + good news on Great Lakes funding + job-stealing carp + ways you can make a difference. LAKE ERIE’S SUMMER FORECAST IS LOOKING GREEN The forecast is out, and this summer the blooms are coming back. Today the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its […]

Lake Erie Governments Must Do More To Combat Toxic Algae

Posted on July 13, 2017 by

The forecast is out, and this summer the blooms are coming back. Freshwater Future joins several concerned environmental groups in calling upon governments along Lake Erie to take stronger, more proactive steps to reduce the runoff pollution that leads to toxic algal blooms each summer.  Read our press release below, and TAKE ACTION HERE. Alliance […]

Good News on Great Lakes Funding for 2018

Posted on July 12, 2017 by

The 2018 federal budget proposed by the Trump administration once again zeroes out 100% of the funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), but on Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee rejected that proposal, releasing an appropriations bill that fully funds the GLRI. This is promising news! Although the budget battle is far from over, […]

Freshwater Weekly 7/6/17

Posted on July 6, 2017 by

This week: potential roll backs of federal water protections + a mining investigation + Asian carp (yes, still) + an easy way to donate + more ways you can make a difference. WATER WATCHDOG Over the past week, we’ve learned of two startling proposals to roll back critical federal water protections that could affect our […]

Freshwater Future Calls for Investigation Into Michigan’s Eagle Mine

Posted on July 6, 2017 by

Photo credit: jeremiaheagleeye Freshwater Future submitted a letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) calling for an investigation into the geological stability of Eagle Mine—an underground nickel and copper mine located in western Marquette County of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Officials at Lundin Mining failed to publicly disclose a […]

EPA Announces Plan to Kill 2015 Clean Water Rule

Posted on June 27, 2017 by

This afternoon, EPA Director Scott Pruitt announced a proposal to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which protects the water supply for 117 million Americans. The rule, also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, clarified longstanding confusion about the water protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act, declaring streams and wetlands […]

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