Category: Freshwater Weekly

Freshwater Weekly, July 9, 2019

Posted on July 10, 2019 by

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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EPA PFAS Action Plan Released

Posted on February 15, 2019 by

EPA PFAS Action Plan Released At a press conference yesterday in Philadelphia, Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, released what he calls a “groundbreaking” action plan to respond to nations growing concern of the toxin group we call PFAS. The action plan, however, falls short of action and is far from groundbreaking. […]

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