Freshwater Weekly 11/16/17

Posted on November 16, 2017 by

This week:  what makes the Great Lakes so great + help stop a Michigan bill to weaken invasive species protections + Canadian Great Lakes Day + Wisconsin repeals ban on sulfide mining + more ways you can make a difference. WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THE GREAT LAKES? We all know the Great Lakes contain 20% […]

Freshwater Weekly 11/9/17

Posted on November 9, 2017 by

This week:  help stop invasive species + Lake Erie Algae watch + more ways you can make a difference. PAIR OF BILLS WOULD WEAKEN INVASIVE SPECIES LAWS Weakening Ballast Water Protection Standards at the State & Federal Levels Ships use ballast water to provide stability and balance while in transit, and invasive species can hitch […]

Wisconsin Legislature Repeals Moratorium on Sulfide Mining

Posted on November 8, 2017 by

The Wisconsin State Senate passed a bill yesterday (November 7th, 2017) that rescinds the state’s “Prove It First” law.  Passed in 1998 with overwhelming bipartisan support (29-3 in the Senate and 91-6 in the Assembly), “Prove It First” was a reaction to high-profile cases of pollution from sulfide mines (gold, silver, copper, etc.). In what […]

Freshwater Weekly 11/2/17

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

This week:  the link between fall leaves & water quality + help stop invasive species + water visioning in South Bend + more ways you can make a difference. FALL CLEANUP TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR LOCAL WATERS If you live in an urban or suburban area, there’s something really simple you can do this fall […]

Tell Michigan Gov. Snyder to VETO Repeal of Invasive Species Protections

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Take Action — Tell Governor Snyder to VETO HB 5095 Lawmakers in Michigan recently passed a bill that would weaken Michigan’s ballast water pollution standards, sending it Governor Rick Snyder. House Bill 5095 would effectively repeal the standards passed in 2005 with near unanimous bipartisan support, and leave us to rely exclusively on weaker federal […]

Freshwater Weekly 10/26/17

Posted on October 26, 2017 by

This week:  what’s your water vision? + Chicago meet & greet + comment on the Brandon Road Study + Lake Erie algae watch + more ways you can make a difference. A VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF WATER For the past month, Freshwater Future staff members have been traveling around the Great Lakes to learn […]

A Vision for the Future of Water

Posted on October 26, 2017 by

For the past month, Freshwater Future staff members have been traveling around the Great Lakes to learn what water means to residents and what we all envision for the future. Living in the Great Lakes region, we are surrounded by lakes, rivers, wetlands, and shorelines. Yet daily there are threats to our waters. Community voices […]

Freshwater Weekly 10/19/17

Posted on October 19, 2017 by

This week:  a day without water + Chicago meet & greet + speak up for Lake Erie + Wisconsin’s new Foxconn plant + funding for grassroots groups + ways you can make a difference. A DAY WITHOUT WATER Last week, organizations around the US came together to imagine a day without water. In Flint, Michigan, […]

Foxconn Factory Location Announced

Posted on October 19, 2017 by

It’s official: Chinese manufacturer Foxconn will set up shop in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin—just north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border and a mere 7 miles from Lake Michigan. Since the Wisconsin legislature finalized and passed the $3 billion incentives package for the Chinese manufacturer, opponents of the deal have anticipated this announcement, as it will have tremendous […]

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