Freshwater Future’s Jill Ryan on Chicago’s Worldview Radio Show

Posted on July 11, 2019 by

Five Years After the Start of the Water Crisis Photo credit: Jean Balzan Today, the Worldview Chicago radio show, which is on a bus tour through the Great Lakes region, visited the Flint Development Center in Flint, Michigan. They covered a story in regards to Flint’s Water Crisis. Their topic was specifically on Flint residents […]

Freshwater Weekly, July 9, 2019

Posted on July 10, 2019 by
Freshwater Future,

Photo by Mihály Köles on Unsplash   July 9th, 2019 This week: Algal Blooms in Lake Erie Off to an Early Start  The annual harmful algal bloom in Sandusky Bay is bigger than in years past and began earlier, says a Bowling Green State University scientist who’s been studying the bloom for years. Click here to learn more. Great […]

Freshwater Weekly, July 4, 2019

Posted on July 3, 2019 by

July 4th, 2019 This week: Lead Pipe Replacements for Chicago Residents + Flint Officials Still Liable + Rising Water Levels Caused by Spring Rain, NOT Plan 14.    Lead Pipe Replacements for Chicago Residents? The City of Chicago may soon be forced to replace lead-pipes for thousands of residents, according to a recent decision by the […]

Freshwater Future, Clean Water For All, The Junction Coalition Host Youth Canoe Camp

Posted on July 2, 2019 by

Freshwater Future in partnership with The Junction Coalition, held a week-long Youth Water Camp in Toledo, Ohio. Youth ages 10-18 from around the Great Lakes Region canoed the Maumee River, and later fellowshipped to learn about Harmful Algal Bloom and water policy education. The event was sponsored by several organizations and community leaders from across […]

Action Plan 2030 to Protect the Great Lakes proposed Leading Great Lakes Advocates make case for10-year, $100M/year strategy

Posted on June 18, 2019 by

June 18, 2019- Toronto, ON Today, following a nine-month intensive study and consultation process, five leading Great Lakes organisations submitted a 10-year Action Plan to protect the Great Lakes (Action Plan 2030) to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, and shared it with the Honourable Rod Phillips, Ontario’s Minister of […]

Is PFAS in your drinking water?

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are an emerging contaminant found in drinking water that has been linked to cancer, liver and immunity complications, and developmental delays. You can learn more about PFAS on our site. Research from our partners at Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed hidden EPA results showing over 110 million people in the […]

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, […]


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