Category: Grassroots Groups at Work

Toledo Water Council Makes Progress on Water Affordability

Posted on June 25, 2021 by

By Alexis Smith, Freshwater Future Staff Member and Junction Community Resident In 2018, the City of Toledo pushed through a plan to regionalize governance of the Toledo water utility that sells water to suburbs at wholesale prices and substantially increases water rates for residents living in the City. Toledo rates are expected to increase by […]

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Judge blocks golf course permit, preserving rare ecosystems in Wisconsin

Posted on June 25, 2021 by

On May 28th, 2021, a Wisconsin judge denied the Kohler Co.’s request to reinstate a development permit for a golf course, previously granted to them from Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in 2017. The Friends of Black River Forest challenged the permit decision claiming that the environmental impact statement was incomplete and had some […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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One Simple Way to Make A Difference Today

Posted on July 9, 2020 by

Thanks to our committed supporters like you, Freshwater Future is diligently working to help people have access to safe, clean, and affordable water. One simple way you can make a difference in supporting this vital work is making an additional donation today. The heart of our work is at the local community-level–supporting people dedicated to […]

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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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A Vision for the Future of Water

Posted on October 26, 2017 by

For the past month, Freshwater Future staff members have been traveling around the Great Lakes to learn what water means to residents and what we all envision for the future. Living in the Great Lakes region, we are surrounded by lakes, rivers, wetlands, and shorelines. Yet daily there are threats to our waters. Community voices […]

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All About Water Meeting

Posted on February 15, 2017 by

If there’s one thing people in Flint and Detroit have in common, it’s passion. On February 1st, I had the honor of meeting with over 90 dedicated activists, lawyers, community organizers, funders, and leaders – all of whom share a deep desire to improve the quality and accessibility of water in their communities. The meeting, […]

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2013-2015 Report Available

Posted on October 24, 2016 by

The theme of our newly published report is Democracy in Action and we highlight the importance of people participating in efforts that benefit our waters and make our democratic process work. Take a few minutes to check out the report and celebrate how by working together we are creating a Great Lakes community that takes […]

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Healing Our Waters Grants Now Available

Posted on February 11, 2015 by

We are happy to announce the 2015 Healing Our Waters Grant Program. The Program is designed to help groups develop applications for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants and engage the community on existing government-led restoration projects. The HOW Grant Program has been immensely effective in past years, enabling many recipients to successfully apply for GLRI […]

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