2013-2015 Report Available

Posted on October 24, 2016 by

The theme of our newly published report is Democracy in Action and we highlight the importance of people participating in efforts that benefit our waters and make our democratic process work. Take a few minutes to check out the report and celebrate how by working together we are creating a Great Lakes community that takes […]

Aquila Mine Comment Opportunity

Posted on October 5, 2016 by
Across the country sulfide mining has been polluting surface and/or groundwater with acid mine drainage, sulfuric acid and/or toxic metals.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality is poised to approve a massive, 83 acre, open pit sulfide mine, with on-site processing and tailings, all within 150 feet of the biggest river system in the Upper Peninsula, the Menominee River. If there is any hope of stopping this terrible project it’s going to take YOU and many […]

Great Lakes Advocates Gather in Sandusky, Ohio to Earn Commitments from Clinton, Trump

Posted on September 21, 2016 by

Want to know what the presidential candidates positions are on protecting our Great Lakes?   Find out via live broadcast on September 22. Trump rep Mike Budzik, past chief, Ohio Division of Wildlife under Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, and Clinton rep David Hayes, former deputy secretary, Department of Interior in Obama Administration, to attend candidate […]

Water as a Commons – The Nature of Cities Highlight

Posted on August 8, 2016 by

“For a state surrounded by fresh water, Michigan, in the northern United States, certainly has had its share of water woes lately. Michigan’s water has always been our crowning glory; from our geography to our automobile license plates, the Great Lakes define us. As we hit the height of summer, you can hear the State’s […]

Charter Boat Captains from Around the Region Calling on Congress to Separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River

Posted on August 3, 2016 by

Freshwater Future and the Ohio Environmental Council held a press conference yesterday with Great Lakes charter boat captains. A great number of news entities around the basin included coverage, including: Toledo Blade Michigan Public Radio CBS Chicago The Buffalo News News Outlets highlighting the Associated Press article include: The Washington Times ABC 12 Michigan Channel […]

Update – Waukesha Diversion is Approved

Posted on June 21, 2016 by

Today, the Great Lakes Governors voted to allow the community of Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan to supplement their water supply. Waukesha is the first municipality to be allowed to divert water under a provision of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (the Compact), which bans water diversions except […]

Freshwater Future Executive Director speaks to document release about threats to Great Lakes from oil and gas pipeline company

Posted on May 16, 2016 by

Under the Straights of Mackinac runs Line 5, operated by Enbridge, a company that operates gas and liquid pipelines in the US and Canada. Thank you 9&10 News for covering this potential threat to the Great Lakes. Learn more about the release of documents outlining the cost of a potential spill and Pipeline Task Force and legislators […]

Something is (not) in the air for Earth Day

Posted on April 22, 2016 by

There is perhaps no lovelier way to celebrate Earth Day than with a good news story. And Michigan has just such a story to share. Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that Michigan’s air toxics regulatory program will continue unchanged. This is a big deal, especially for the many stakeholders […]


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