Category: Environmental Justice

Board Spotlight – Stephanie Smith

Posted on February 2, 2021 by

What Doesn’t Happen at Scientific Meetings (But Should) Stephanie Smith, Freshwater Future’s Board Chair, talks about her recent collaborative work with scientists and groups in the African Great Lakes region. (Photo: Stephanie pictured with her family at Murchison Falls in Uganda.) I looked out at the expanse of 90+ scientists from 17 different countries, most […]

Read More

Michigan Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Water on Through March 2021

Posted on December 18, 2020 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 18, 2020 Media Contact: Jill Ryan, Executive Director, Freshwater Future, jill@freshwaterfuture.org , (231)348-8200 ext. 2 (Communities across Michigan)– The Michigan Legislature passed legislation yesterday that prohibits water utilities from shutting off water to residents due to non-payment. The legislation, spearheaded by Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), also requires the restoration of […]

Read More

Mayor Duggan’s Detroit Water Affordability Plan Announcement

Posted on December 10, 2020 by

MEDIA STATEMENT  – Monica Lewis-Patrick, President and CEO, We the People of Detroit –  It has been a long time coming, but We the People of Detroit is pleased that Mayor Mike Duggan is taking a step in the right direction with his announcement today regarding the creation of a water affordability plan on behalf […]

Read More

States Lead the Way in Regulating Certain PFAS Due to Lack of Action at the Federal Level

Posted on November 4, 2020 by

Per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) can be found just about everywhere these days. Some of the first products that used PFAS were non-stick cookware.  PFAS can now be found in such items as clothes and shoes, carpets, couches, food wrappers, fire fighting foam and so much more. It also is found in our air, soil, […]

Read More

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Provides Funding for Lead Service Line Replacement

Posted on October 29, 2020 by

There are an estimated 6.1 to 9.3 million lead service lines – pipes carrying drinking water – across the country. Ohio is second in the nation for lead service lines at an estimated 650,000 lead service lines carrying water to families’ homes, second only to IL. While it is unclear how much money it will […]

Read More

City of Toledo Receives EPA Grant to Utilize Artificial Intelligence to Identify Lead Water Lines

Posted on October 1, 2020 by

For years, Junction Coalition, a Toledo Community Organization, has partnered with Freshwater Future to tackle water related issues such as: lead service lines, harmful algae blooms (HABS), water disconnection, and many more water-related disparities that directly and indirectly impact minority and low-socioeconomic communities the most. Now, these groups and others are partnering to tackle lead […]

Read More

Water Affordability

Posted on October 1, 2020 by

Water affordability is a growing problem in the United States. Researchers have estimated that within the coming few years, approximately 33% of the U.S. population will have water bills that are not affordable. When determining whether water is affordable, water rates are compared to household income. The United Nations for example, has determined that bills […]

Read More

Freshwater Future Applauds WaterLegacy’s Defense for Clean Water

Posted on September 18, 2020 by

Freshwater Future Applauds WaterLegacy As They Continue To Tell PolyMet “No!” Freshwater Future applauds WaterLegacy as they continue to defend Minnesota water quality standards from industry rollbacks to protect the environment and people within the community from a controversial mine project. WaterLegacy has developed a cohort of partners from indigenious tribes and food gatherers to […]

Read More

@FreshwaterFutur

© 2021 Freshwater Future. All Rights Reserved.

Images courtesy of Steven Huyser-Honig,
West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, & Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.