Category: Public Health

Chicago’s Water-For-All Ordinance: What it could mean for the future of Chicago

Posted on September 10, 2021 by

by Amy Heldman With Chicago located right on Lake Michigan’s border, it comes as a shock to many that although we have this tremendous body of water in our backyard, many do not have access to running water.  Skyrocketing water prices in Chicago have left many without access to the very thing that we need […]

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Water Filtration Stations Installed at Benton Harbor High School

Posted on September 7, 2021 by

During the late summer months, Freshwater Future has been busy working with the Benton Harbor Community Water Council and Nalgene Water Fund to secure filtered water refill stations for all schools in Benton Harbor, MI where municipal water supplies have experienced elevated lead levels since 2018. “There is nothing more important than having clean water […]

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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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Freshwater Future Applauds Congresswomen Tlaib & Dingell’s Reintroduction of Emergency Water is a Human Right

Posted on January 28, 2021 by

For Immediate Release January 28, 2021 Contact: Jill Ryan, Executive Director (231) 348-8200 Jill@freshwaterfuture.org Petoskey, MI – Today Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Debbie Dingell re-introduced the Emergency Water is a Human Right bill. The legislation prohibits any public utility receiving federal funds authorized under the act from turning off energy and water services to Americans […]

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What is Affordability and How Does it Relate to Water Infrastructure and Contamination?

Posted on January 12, 2021 by

Director’s Note Jill M. Ryan, Executive Director Cambridge English Dictionary defines affordability as: the state of being cheap enough for people to be able to buy. When we talk about the affordability of water, we have to start with the question, who is the customer, in order to determine what amount would be affordable for […]

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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 […]

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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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Alert -Blackman Charter Township Water Does Not Meet Drinking Water Standards!

Posted on November 20, 2020 by

Michigan’s Blackman Charter Township officials announced on November 17, 2020 that the water system is not in compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule.  This means homes can experience high lead levels in their water.  Because lead is a highly toxic metal, it is important to take steps to reduce lead if you live in […]

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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, […]

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