Freshwater Weekly 6/30/17
This week: Asian Carp near Lake Michigan + the Flint Water Crisis continues + two ways you can make a difference.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
Live Asian Carp Found Nine Miles from Lake Michigan
Last week a commercial fisherman caught an 8-pound silver carp (pictured above) in the Calumet River on Chicago’s south side, just 9 miles from Lake Michigan and a full 28 miles beyond the first electric barrier in a network designed to keep the invasive fish from entering the Great Lakes. US Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) have introduced legislation that would require the Trump Administration to release the Brandon Road Study, a report authored by the Army Corps of Engineers that details how best to prevent the spread of Asian Carp.
Tell Your Representatives That We Can’t Wait Any Longer
The Brandon Road Study is essential to keeping invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes, and Congress must act before it’s too late. Click here to email your senators and representative; tell them to support the Stop Asian Carp Now Act so that we can prevent a large scale invasion of all five Great Lakes and protect the waters we all depend on for drinking water, recreation, and economic stability.
DROWNING IN A SEA OF PAST-DUE WATER BILLS
Flint Residents Shouldn’t Lose Their Homes Over Bills for Poisoned Water
Thousands of Flint, Michigan residents could face foreclosure over unpaid bills for lead-poisoned water unless the Governor takes action. Few outside of Flint are aware that the city is still subject to state oversight, two years after the last governor-appointed emergency manager stepped down. Additionally, under current law, the city incorporates unpaid water bills into property taxes, meaning homeowners face foreclosure.
This week, Flint’s Receivership Transition Advisory Board—the governor-appointed board that approves all budgetary decisions made by Flint’s democratically elected City Council—rejected a moratorium on this practice that council had approved last month, requiring the city to move forward with water liens and leaving 8000 residents at risk of losing their homes over bills for poisoned water.
Last year, the lien process was suspended while the state legislature’s “water relief credits” subsidized residents’ bills, but Governor Snyder ended those credits in February. He can reinstate them, and he can suspend the lien process.
Tell Michigan’s Governor and Treasurer Flint Still Needs Water Relief
The governor’s decision to end water relief credits gave the impression that the water crisis was solved. Let’s be clear: Flint residents are now being asked to pay the highest water rate in America for water that’s still toxic to drink without a filter. Click here to email Governor Snyder and Treasurer Khouri; tell them to reinstate the water credits until the water is lead-free.