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Senate Bill Would Repeal Clean Water Act Protections Against Invasive Species

Posted on April 17, 2018 by

UPDATE: We successfully garnered enough support to stop this bill moving forward. Thank you to our Great Lakes Senators!   The United States Senate is poised to vote on the Coast Guard Authorization Act as early as this week. In its current form, the bill exempts ballast water pollution from Clean Water Act protections. Ships […]

Freshwater Weekly — April 13th, 2018

Posted on April 13, 2018 by

This week: Flint + Trade Wars and Water Quality + New Plan for Lake Huron This Week’s Action: Michigan Halts Free Bottled Water for Flint Last Friday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the State will cease shipments of free bottled water to Flint residents affected by the water crisis, despite widespread distrust of and […]

Freshwater Future Condemns Michigan’s Decision to End Free Bottled Water Program for Flint Residents

Posted on April 9, 2018 by

Freshwater Future is disheartened by the State of Michigan’s decision to end state-sponsored bottled water distribution, and we urge the State to reconsider. Take Action Here The city has rapidly replaced 6,200 lead service lines, but local officials say more than 12,000 could remain. As pipes are replaced, dislodged debris can cause dangerous lead-level spikes […]

Freshwater Weekly 4/5/2018

Posted on April 5, 2018 by

This week:  Budget Successes + Michigan Proposal to Weaken Mining Regulations + Pollution in the Straits + Celebrating Freshwater Heroes BUDGET SUCCESSES IN US AND CANADA The US Omnibus bill adopted by Congress on March 23 maintained stable funding for the EPA and several policy riders were erased.  Because of Freshwater Future members like you […]

Freshwater Weekly — March 30, 2018

Posted on March 30, 2018 by

This week:  Happy Holiday + Michigan Lead Rule Revision + AquaHacking + Ohio Declares Lake Erie “Impaired” HAPPY HOLIDAY FROM FRESHWATER FUTURE We wish you a safe and joyous holiday weekend. Freshwater Weekly will be taking a break next week, but we’ll be back in your inbox on April 13th. MICHIGAN PROPOSES STRICTER LEAD RULE, QUESTIONS […]

Freshwater Weekly – March 23, 2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by

This week:  Freshwater Future in Washington D.C. +  preventing algal blooms + funding opportunities FRESHWATER FUTURE WENT TO WASHINGTON Freshwater Future staff recently traveled to Washington D.C for Great Lakes Day—an annual convening at which residents, grassroots groups, and environmental organizations educate Congress about policies and funding to sustain and improve drinking water infrastructure and […]

Freshwater Future Visits Washington D.C for Annual Great Lakes Day

Posted on March 22, 2018 by

Freshwater Future staff recently traveled to Washington D.C for Great Lakes Day—an annual convening at which residents, grassroots groups, and environmental organizations educate Congress about policies and funding to sustain and improve drinking water infrastructure and conservation programs. More than 120 groups traveled to the capital to meet with members of congress from their respective […]

Freshwater Weekly 3/15/18

Posted on March 15, 2018 by

This week: Budget bills undermine clean water + U.S. agencies say Michigan sulfide mine permit insufficient +  funding opportunities. THIS WEEK’S ACTION: BUDGET “RIDERS” UNDERMINE CLEAN WATER PROTECTIONS The 2018 Senate and House appropriations bills contain add-ons (we call them “riders”) that threaten the safety of U.S waterways. Riders are attached to larger pieces of […]

Federal Agencies Question Back Forty Sulfide Mine Permit

Posted on March 14, 2018 by

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service sent a joint letter to the state of Michigan identifying key deficiencies in the wetlands permit submitted by Aquila Resources for the proposed Back Forty mine. The proposed sulfide mine would be located on the Michigan side of the Upper […]

Freshwater Weekly 3/8/18

Posted on March 8, 2018 by

This week: Foxconn wants 7 million gallons + Freshwater Future goes to Washington + EPA plan to clean up Lake Erie + funding opportunities. THIS WEEK’S ACTION: FOXCONN WANTS 7 MILLION GALLONS OF LAKE MICHIGAN WATER PER DAY The city of Racine, Wisconsin has requested that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approve a […]

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