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For This Retired Teacher, Lake Erie is Home

Posted on August 28, 2017 by

When JoAnne Chrysler was a teacher, she told her students that Lake Erie was her backyard. And she wasn’t joking. For almost 30 years, the Chatham-Kent, Ont. resident and retired teacher has lived in a cottage turned into an all-year-round home on the shores of Lake Erie. Most days, you can find JoAnne walking along […]

Freshwater Weekly 8/24/17

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

This week: show your love for Lake Erie + a bad deal for Wisconsin + our take on the plan to stop Asian carp + ways you can make a difference. WE ARE LAKE ERIE DAY Show your love for Lake Erie on Monday, August 28! It’s the first ever #WeAreLakeErie Day on Facebook, Twitter, […]

Wisconsin Deserves a Better Deal

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

Wisconsin residents — contact your legislators and ask them to preserve long-standing environmental protections. Tell them to resist the call to approve this deal before all of the risks and opportunities it presents are fully researched and understood. Foxconn—maker of iPhones and electronic components—recently announced plans to construct a sprawling facility in southeast Wisconsin. This […]

A Tidal Wave of Support for Lake Erie

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

Monday, August 28 is the first ever #WeAreLakeErie Day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  For the event, our sister organization Freshwater Future Canada, along with our friends Environmental Defence and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, will create an online wave of support for Lake Erie. People can join in by sharing their personal stories about the lake—like this one—on social media. Anyone […]

Leading a Life Dependent on the Lake

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

When most people are just waking up for work, Todd Loop is already out on Lake Erie reeling in his first catch of the day. For the past 37 years, this has been a regular day for him. After graduating high school, Todd became a commercial fisherman and hasn’t looked back. Today, he is the […]

Our Take: Army Corps Plan to Stop Asian Carp

Posted on August 22, 2017 by

Background On Monday, August 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft plan for how to protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp. It examined options for bolstering defenses at a lock and dam structure near Joliet, Ill.—officially called the Brandon Road Lock and Dam—which is a choke point between the current […]

Freshwater Weekly 8/17/17

Posted on August 17, 2017 by

This week: our favorite freshwater summer photos + speak out for clean water + more ways you can make a difference. A FRESHWATER SUMMER A few weeks ago, Freshwater Future Executive Director Jill Ryan vacationed with her family along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she snapped the photo above of a family friend […]

Freshwater Summer

Posted on August 17, 2017 by

We’re soaking up these last few weeks of summer, and we want to see how you’ve been enjoying freshwater around the Great Lakes this season. Tag your summer photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with #freshwatersummer and we’ll re-share some of our favorites. Here are some recent faves from Freshwater Future staff and friends: Spending […]

Freshwater Weekly 8/10/17

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

This week: public input making a difference on Line 5 + Brandon Road Study released + grant opportunities for grassroots groups + summer in photos + ways you can make a difference. BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ON LINE 5 ALTERNATIVES REPORT Public input is having an impact! The State of Michigan raised a number […]

After Public Pressure, Trump Administration Authorizes Release of Asian Carp Study

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

On June 22nd a live silver carp was caught in the Calumet River on Chicago’s south side, approximately 9 miles from Lake Michigan and well beyond the electric barrier network designed to prevent invasive fish from reaching Lake Michigan. This wake-up-call event brought renewed attention to a long-awaited Army Corps of Engineers study centered on […]

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