It Seems as Though Every City is Having a Drinking Water Crisis

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

We’ve all heard about the Flint Crisis, but what about the one in Pittsburg or Newark? 1 in 4 Americans drink water from a distribution system that violates the Safe Drinking Water Act and they probably don’t even know it. Just last year, Milwaukee’s Health Commissioner was forced to resign after public health officials failed […]

Line 5 is getting a second look, this time from the Constitution.

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has to answer an important question, is the lame-duck law PA 359, that preserves Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 operation, constitutional? According to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the 6-year term limits outlined in PA 359, go against the Michigan constitution that limits terms of office for any board or commission […]

Senators Push Back on the Dirty Water Rule

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

At the end of last year, the Trump Administration proposed a rule that would gut Obama era regulations on streams and wetlands known as the Clean Water Rule. The new proposal, dubbed by environmentalists as the Dirty Water Rule, would eliminate federal protections for half the nation’s wetlands and miles of streams. The comment period […]

Lead Pipes & Steel Bars Seal the Fate of Chicago Youth

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

A new Harvard study finds the racial disparity in toxic exposure rates to account for 20-60% of intergenerational inequality between blacks and whites in Illinois. In Chicago, majority black census tracts are almost always exposed to more hazards than majority white tracts. The model, created by PhD student Robert Manduca and sociologist Robert J. Sampson, […]

Thank You Blakes!

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

Thank you to our friends at Blake’s Hard Cider in Armada, MI for their efforts in making a #KinderCider for the Great Lakes! With their generous donation from their coffee cider, Freshwater Future will be able to continue our work in ensuring a healthy future for the Great Lakes!

Rising Great Lakes

Posted on April 30, 2019 by

Last week, the Director of Emergency Services for Niagra County, New York reported that Lake Ontario rose 5 inches in just 10 days. This kind of water level rise gives cause for concern to lakeside property owners who were just awarded damage control funds from 2017 flood events last year. Daniela Klicper, Coastal Stewardship Coordinator […]

Clean Energy Means Clean Water: The Water Energy Nexus Explained

Posted on April 19, 2019 by

Most children know that turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth saves water, but it’s less intuitive to see that turning off the bathroom light or opening windows in the summer can too. People have been using water as energy since 200 BC when the Romans used water to turn mills that crushed […]

Trump’s Proposed 2020 Budget Includes Significant Cuts to the GLRI, EPA, and Research  

Posted on March 29, 2019 by

President Donald Trump recently announced his proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. The budget includes dramatic cuts to many dependable social programs like the SNAP Program, Housing and Urban Development, and Medicaid. Some of the most substantial cuts are to many critical environmental programs for toxic waste removal, EPA oversight, and most notably the […]

What’s Next for Lake Erie?

Posted on March 14, 2019 by

For years, we’ve worked to ensure that the provincial, state and federal governments of Canada and the United States produced strong, science-based, well-funded plans to protect Lake Erie.  Now that those plans have been finalized and released – what’s next? For Freshwater Future Canada, we turn our focus to implementing those plans – to engaging […]


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