Health of the Great Lakes is Key to the Economic Future of Ontario

Posted on October 13, 2014 by

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently released her mandate letters to her Ministers, including one to Environment Minister Glen Murray.  The letter instructs the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on their priorities for the next four years.  Key amongst these is the development of a new long-term climate change strategy for Ontario.  Freshwater Future […]

Groups Applaud Great Lakes Mayors’ Water Quality Summit and Efforts to Reduce Nutrient Pollution to Great Lakes

Posted on September 24, 2014 by

Environmental and conservation groups are applauding mayors from around the region for convening a Great Lakes Water Quality Summit held today, September 24,  in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting, organized by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, comes on the heels of a number of drinking water bans impacting 500,000 Americans […]

Are We Prepared For An Emergency?

Posted on September 19, 2014 by

On September 17, a phantom pipeline broke and pretended to spill oil in the Indian River in Cheboygan County—part of Michigan’s beautiful 40-mile Inland Waterway.  Thankfully, this pipeline break was only a simulation to help emergency staff prepare and practice for an actual spill. Freshwater Future appreciates the effort of all the parties involved to […]

Great Lakes Week: Learn More About Algae Blooms

Posted on September 12, 2014 by

Interested in learning more about harmful algae blooms?  Then you’ll want to catch this special report produced and aired during Great Lakes Week.  And about 19 minutes in to it, see our Jill Ryan talk about our report, Clean, not Green: Tackling Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes, which recommends solutions to Lake Erie’s algae […]

Great Lakes Week: Watch Live Now

Posted on September 10, 2014 by

Great Lakes Week and the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition meeting is going on this week in Grand Rapids, Michigan…and Freshwater Future is there! Ten years ago, scientists were warning us that the most significant fresh water resource on the planet – our Great Lakes – was on the brink of a complete ecosystem breakdown.  […]

Walk, Paddle and Time to ROLL!

Posted on August 25, 2014 by

  Organizational members, remember the Walk, Paddle & Roll? Now’s the time to join us and start fundraising for your organization through our fun annual event. Please email, or call the office at 231-348-8200 if you need help setting up your fundraiser or want a tutorial so you can help other members of your […]

Keeping Lake Erie alive: A four-point plan to tackle algae blooms

Posted on August 13, 2014 by

Freshwater Future Canada and Environmental Defence propose four-point plan to tackle algal blooms in Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. Pictures, as the old saying goes, speak a thousand words. A quick Google search of “Lake Erie pollution” yields an array of images that show with crystal clarity the problem of algae blooming in Lake […]

A Summer Maintenance Project That Could Threaten Your Health

Posted on July 9, 2014 by

With the snow gone and summer in full swing, homeowners, schools, businesses and others may be considering sealing their aging driveways, sidewalks, or parking lots. However, scientific studies confirm that coal tar sealcoats, the most common type of sealcoat used on driveways and parking lots in our region, can present a health risk to the […]

Register Today for Online Workshop and Trainings

Posted on July 9, 2014 by

Whether your group is all-volunteer or has staff, we know that working to improve your community presents many challenges.  We put together a great series of low-cost online workshops that cover issue work—mining and climate change; organizational needs–fundraising and accounting; and communications—social media and digital “storytelling”.  We’ll help you learn new skills to help you […]


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