New Report Tracks Bi-national Progress on Great Lakes Protection

Posted on November 30, 2017 by

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has been helping the US and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over shared waters like the Great Lakes for over a century. This week, the IJC released a report that evaluates how these governments are doing at cleaning up and protecting the lakes. The report reiterates much of what Freshwater […]

Freshwater Weekly 11/30/17

Posted on November 30, 2017 by

This week:  progress report on Great Lakes protection + full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative + weigh in on a Canadian plan to clean up Lake Erie + long-term water decision for Flint + an agreement on Line 5 + ways you can make a difference. NEW REPORT TRACKS BINATIONAL PROGRESS ON GREAT […]

Michigan Governor Announces Line 5 Agreement with Enbridge Inc.

Posted on November 29, 2017 by

On Monday, November 27, the Canadian corporation Enbridge Inc. inked a deal with the State of Michigan that will implement newly agreed-upon actions to move toward a long-term solution for the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline. The agreement stipulates that Enbridge will: Replace the portion of the pipeline that crosses beneath the St. Clair River […]

Michigan Governor Appoints State Official Criminally Charged in Flint Crisis to New Public Health Panel

Posted on November 22, 2017 by

LANSING, MI — On November 20th, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced his appointment of Dr. Eden Wells to lead a new Public Health Advisory Council. Dr. Wells is Michigan’s chief medical executive and one of fifteen current and former government officials facing prosecution for their role in the Flint water crisis. Wells was in court […]

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 […]


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