Category: Call to Action

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 […]

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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 […]

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Four Michigan Bills Could Dramatically Alter State’s Environmental Law

Posted on January 10, 2018 by

Michiganders, we need your help to stop two sets of bills that would undermine existing environmental protections and dramatically change how our environmental laws are implemented. If passed, these bills could impact all environmental law in Michigan, for years to come. Senate Bill 652 transfers decision-making power from environmental experts to a committee of stakeholders comprised […]

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5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Great Lakes

Posted on January 1, 2018 by

Small actions can make a big difference! At Freshwater Future, we help thousands of communities around the Great Lakes protect their local waters so that, together, we can protect the whole of the Great Lakes. Individual actions are powerful, too! Here are five little things with big impact that you can do to help keep […]

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We Need Your Help — Clean Water Protections Under Threat By Trump EPA

Posted on December 7, 2017 by

The vast majority of Americans—Republicans and Democrats—want the EPA to safeguard the streams that provide us drinking water and the wetlands that filter drinking water, protect communities from floods, and provide habitat for wildlife. Instead of listening to the will of the people, Scott Pruitt and President Trump’s EPA are proposing a plan that would […]

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Tell Michigan Gov. Snyder to VETO Repeal of Invasive Species Protections

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Take Action — Tell Governor Snyder to VETO HB 5095 Lawmakers in Michigan recently passed a bill that would weaken Michigan’s ballast water pollution standards, sending it Governor Rick Snyder. House Bill 5095 would effectively repeal the standards passed in 2005 with near unanimous bipartisan support, and leave us to rely exclusively on weaker federal […]

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Michigan Senate to Consider Regulating “No Greater Than the Feds,” Hand Over Protection of Clean Air and Water to Trump Administration

Posted on October 5, 2017 by

Click here to find your Senator and tell them to vote no on the Senate’s version of House Bill No. 4205. The Michigan state House voted in May 57 to 50 in favor of a bill (HB-4205) designed to restrict the ability of state agencies to create regulatory rules that are stronger than federal standards. If passed […]

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When Sewer System Fails, MI House Wants to Hand You the Cleanup Bill

Posted on September 26, 2017 by

Many Michigan families know what it’s like to wake up after a thunderstorm to find their homes flooded with rainwater and raw sewage. The cleanup is costly and time consuming, and because it’s almost always the result of outdated city infrastructure, homeowners can’t prevent it. A new bill in the Michigan House leaves home and […]

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Wisconsin Considers Repeal of Popular “Prove It First” Mining Law

Posted on September 13, 2017 by

Open-pit sulfide mines expose sensitive sulfide rock formations that release devastating and long-lasting pollution when mixed with water. Wisconsinites—tell your legislators to vote no on repealing “Prove It First.” Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) introduced a bill that would effectively rescind the state’s “Prove It First” law.  This landmark legislation requires mining corporations to […]

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