Freshwater Future Weekly News: May 31, 2024

This Week: Wonders of the Great Lakes 2024 Online Auction - Bids Close Tonight; Monday: Tell the EPA What Water Affordability Means; Minnesota’s Public Waters Win Further Protections
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LAST CALL! Wonders of the Great Lakes 2024 Online Auction – Bids Close TONIGHT

Bid for good! Every dollar raised through the Wonders of the Great Lakes Online Auction supports Freshwater Future’s mission to protect water resources from source to tap! Every bid makes a difference. Our online auction is your chance to support Freshwater Future and experience the wonders of the Great Lakes that make our region so special. 

Monday: Tell the EPA What Water Affordability Means! 

On Monday, June 3rd from 1–3 PM ET, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a public listening session to influence and inform the development of a Water Affordability Needs Assessment and Report to Congress. The report aims to detail the impacts of unaffordable water on households and utilities across the country. – Water affordability is a crucial issue in the Great Lakes region and at the national level. Freshwater Future developed these talking points to support you during the meeting. Let your voice be heard – register here

Minnesota’s Public Waters Win Further Protections!

Minnesota adopted legislation recognizing approximately 640 miles of creeks and streams as public waters. The new law is in response to a lawsuit over protections for Limbo Creek, the last free-flowing stream in Renville County. In 2022, the Minnesota Supreme Court recognized the creek as a public water, requiring environmental reviews for projects affecting the creek.  This new law, signed in the final days of the Minnesota legislative session, also allocates $8 million over eight years to update the public waters inventory. Freshwater Future is proud to see Great Lakes states taking action to expand protections for our crucial freshwater resources, particularly in the wake of diminished federal protections as a result of the Sackett v. EPA ruling from the Supreme Court last May.