Four Michigan Bills Could Dramatically Alter State’s Environmental Law

Posted on January 10, 2018 by

Michiganders, we need your help to stop two sets of bills that would undermine existing environmental protections and dramatically change how our environmental laws are implemented. If passed, these bills could impact all environmental law in Michigan, for years to come. Senate Bill 652 transfers decision-making power from environmental experts to a committee of stakeholders comprised […]

Freshwater Weekly 1/4/18

Posted on January 4, 2018 by

This week: a Great Lakes winter wonderland + 5 ways you can help protect the lakes this year + funding opportunities + more ways to make a difference. FROZEN We’re experiencing quite the cold snap here in the Great Lakes! That satellite image above was taken yesterday afternoon, with lake effect snow all but obscuring […]

Freshwater Future Welcomes New Staff

Posted on January 3, 2018 by

Freshwater Future welcomed three new staff members in late 2017, so you’ll be hearing more from them on our blog and via email in the coming year. Latia Leonard works on urban water issues in the Detroit and Flint metro areas. She has a passion for helping others, and her work on affordability and infrastructure is […]

5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Great Lakes

Posted on January 1, 2018 by

Small actions can make a big difference! At Freshwater Future, we help thousands of communities around the Great Lakes protect their local waters so that, together, we can protect the whole of the Great Lakes. Individual actions are powerful, too! Here are five little things with big impact that you can do to help keep […]

Freshwater Weekly 12/14/17

Posted on December 14, 2017 by

This week: help craft a Great Lakes water vision + proposed change to Michigan’s lead & copper rule + funding opportunities + ways you can make a difference. HELP US FINALIZE OUR GREAT LAKES WATER VISION (BONUS: CHANCE TO WIN AN AMAZON ECHO OR FIRE) This fall, Freshwater Future staff members traveled around the Great […]

Michigan Proposes Stricter Standard on Lead, Replacing Lead Pipes Statewide

Posted on December 12, 2017 by

Image: From left to right, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis and an increasing amount of attention being paid to the nation’s degrading infrastructure, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has put forth a proposal to lower the […]

Some Great Days for the Great Lakes in Canada

Posted on December 8, 2017 by

For two hectic days in mid-November, over 25 advocates representing environmental and conservation interests, municipalities, business, and industry came together in Ottawa for the second annual Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Parliament Hill Days. Organized by Freshwater Future, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the Council of the Great Lakes Region and the […]

Freshwater Weekly 12/7/17

Posted on December 7, 2017 by

This week: speak up for the Clean Water Rule + great days for the Great Lakes in Canada + Flint water defendant to lead new health panel + Ontario drinking water report + funding opportunities + ways you can make a difference. CLEAN WATER PROTECTIONS UNDER THREAT BY EPA We need your help. EPA Secretary […]

We Need Your Help — Clean Water Protections Under Threat By Trump EPA

Posted on December 7, 2017 by

The vast majority of Americans—Republicans and Democrats—want the EPA to safeguard the streams that provide us drinking water and the wetlands that filter drinking water, protect communities from floods, and provide habitat for wildlife. Instead of listening to the will of the people, Scott Pruitt and President Trump’s EPA are proposing a plan that would […]

Senate Interior Bill Maintains Great Lakes Funding

Posted on November 30, 2017 by

Bill also cuts agency funding, rolls back Clean Water Act protections * * * WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 21, 2017)—The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Appropriations yesterday released its funding bill for the Department of the Interior, EPA, and other related agencies.  The bill provides:         $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to clean up toxic […]


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