This week: Supreme Court Ruling is a Blow to Clean Water Protections;100-year Joliet Water Diversion Deal Removes Waters from the Great Lakes; Line 5 Update: Resistance in Wisconsin and Michigan; New Toxic Coal Ash Rules Address Legacy Pollution, Some Loopholes Remain
This week: Freshwater Future Joins Patagonia at 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago; Georgian Bay Town Looking for Bi-National Support to Oppose Ontario’s Bill 23; PFAS in Pellston, MI: Cancer and the Odawa Nation; Join Us for Upcoming Water Watchers & Wellness Sessions; “Chonkosaurus” Snapping Turtle in the Chicago River
Join Us for Upcoming Water Watchers & Wellness Sessions; Benton Harbor Community Water Council leader, Reverend Pinkney Addresses United Nations about Safe Drinking Water; Moderate Summer Harmful Algal Bloom Predicted for Western Lake Erie; Flood Focus App Helping Detroit Neighborhoods Tackle Flooding Challenges; Join Freshwater Future at Patagonia’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago this Saturday, May 13th
This Week: Success: DNR Rejects Proposed Camp Grayling Lease Expansion; 2023 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa; Wisconsin Flooding Increases Risk of Exposure of Canadian Oil and Gas Pipeline
his Week: Freshwater Voices Newsletter – Latest Issue Now Available Online; Freshwater Future Hero Addresses United Nations on Line 5; Muskegon Residents Speak Up to Regain Public Access; Lake Erie Conference On May 4th, 2023; Palladium and Copper Mine on Lake Superior Coast in Ontario, Canada
This Week: Freshwater Future Benefits from Record-Setting Participation in Big House 5K!; Thank You for Signing Our Letter Supporting the U.S. EPA’s Coal Ash Disposal Decision; Métis Nation of Ontario Receives Funding for Great Lakes Protection and Restoration; Six Simple Actions to Help Water on Earth Day – April 22nd
This Week: Veto Cancels Efforts to Weaken Clean Water Act; All About Water Spring Convening Recording Now Available; Sauble Beach Returned to Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation Stewardship; Lack of Ice Cover Leads to Significant Erosion Along Presque Isle State Park’s Beaches
This Week: Freshwater Heroes Award Ceremony Recording Available, Deadline Monday, April 10th, Noon: Submit Public Comments to Stop Toxic Coal Ash Disposal At Two Michigan Energy Plants, Still Time to Support the Freshwater Future Team At the Big House 5k, Geoff Peach Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced
This Week: Our Work Pays Off in the Canadian Budget!, Submit Public Comments to Stop Toxic Coal Ash Disposal at Two Michigan Energy Plants, Last Chance to Register For All About Water!, Chemical Spill In Delaware River Stirs Panic in Philadelphia Residents, Online Viewing of PFAS Documentary, No Defense, on Monday, April 3
This Week: Celebrating Freshwater Heroes on March 21st, Final Call: Spring Project Grant Deadline Is March 31st!, Dioxin in East Palestine Soil Tested Above Cancer Risk Threshold, 400,000 Gallons of Radioactive Water Leaked from a Minnesota Nuclear Plant, Celebrating World Water Day At Freshwater Future
This Week: Celebrate Our Freshwater Heroes On March 21st, Now’s The Time: Spring Project Grant Applications Due March 31st, Join the Accelerating Change Webinar on World Water Day, Freshwater Future Celebrates Great Lakes Days In D.C., Water Debt for Residents of New York City Surpasses 1 Billion Dollars, and Upcoming Events
This Week: House Votes to Reject the New Clean Water Act Rule Protecting Waterways ~ Now’s The Time: Spring Project Grant Applications Due March 31st ~ Race is Sold Out – But You Can Still Support Freshwater Future at the Big House 5k Race ~ Tribal Members Dispute Report Findings Citing Company’s History of Environmental Spills ~ Valuing Clean Water Connects Us, But Disinformation is Trying to Force Divides
This Week: REGISTRATION OPEN – How to Help Your Community Access Federal Water Funds; Canadian Government Urged to Deliver on Promise to Invest $1 billion in Freshwater Action Plan; Everyone Deserves Clean, Safe, and Affordable Water: Take the Water Affordability Pledge Today!; Harbor Springs Festival Features Freshwater Future’s Very Own Ann Baughman
This Week: Tools and Tips for Helping Your Community Access Federal Water Funds; Spring Project Grant Applications Due March 31st; Update on the East Palestine Train Derailment; Big House 5k Race Almost at Capacity – Register Today!
This Week: Ohio Train Derailment Response Lacking to Protect Public Health; Thank you for Speaking Out on Proposed Michigan Camp Grayling Expansion; Freshwater Future Heroes Award Ceremony – Join Us for the Online Celebration; Update – Great Lakes Ice Coverage at Historic Lows
This Week: Freshwater Future Executive Director Jill Ryan to Speak About Freshwater Issues; Not Too Late to Register for the Big House 5K Race; Save the Date – Celebrating Freshwater Heroes on March 21st, 2023; Long-Term Solutions for Water Affordability in Michigan Still Lacking
This Week: Need Funds for Your Water Work; There’s Still Time to Sign Up for 2023 Water Watchers Wellness Sessions; Lack of EPA Rules Allowing Refineries to Legally Discharge, Including to the Great Lakes; EPA Slated to Stop Toxic Coal Ash Disposal at Two Michigan Energy Plants
This Week: Chautauqua Lake District Abandoned After Public Opposition; REGISTER NOW! – Big House 5k Race in Ann, Arbor, Michigan; Oneida Nation of the Thames Proposes Solution for On-going Water Crises; 20-Year Mining Ban Issued on Land Near Boundary Waters, Minnesota
This Week: More Funds Available for Spring Grants– Is Your Organization Eligible?; There’s Still Time to Register for Self-Care + Leadership at Water Watchers & Wellness; Passing the Torch and Preserving the Flame Ritual Seeking Nominations; Lack of Ice Over Great Lakes Causes Concern
This Week: Communities Take Actions to Protect Drinking Water and Other Water Resources; Check-Out Jobs and Fellowships on Freshwater Future Website; BREAKING: Biden Administration Restores Protection for Waterways; Is Drinking More Water One of Your New Year’s Resolutions?
This Week: Happy Holidays + Happy New Year from Freshwater Future; Proposed Ohio Salmon Farm Would Withdraw 5-Million Gallons of Water Per Day; Noticed Changes in Water Quality? Share Your Observations with the International Joint Commission; Podcast Recommendation: Title Track’s State of Water Podcast
This Week: NOW OUT: Freshwater Voices Newsletter Issue 3; Give the Gift of Safe and Clean Water with Your Year-End Gift Today; State of Ohio to Create “Pollution Diet” for Lake Erie; Take Action: Encourage Your Community to Focus on the Rising Cost of Water; 2023 State Revolving Fund Application Due Dates and Grant Opportunities
This Week: Study Finds Affordable Water for All Michiganders Is Possible; Give the Gift of Water; Still Time to Weigh in on Bill 23 – More Homes Built Faster Passed in Ontario Legislature; Freshwater Future Presents Flood Focus App at National Climate Adaptation Forum
Freshwater Future’s Ann Baughman and Kwamé Hampton presented findings from community-based organizations who are using the Flood Focus App. Freshwater Future’s Flood Focus App provides a way for residents to document flooding in a data gathering phase, followed by data visualization and advocacy.
This Week: “State of Water” Podcast Features A Conversation with Freshwater Future’s Executive Director; Touring One of the Most Polluted Areas in Michigan; Benton Harbor Water System Alternatives Analysis Finds Retaining Ownership the Best Option; Ontario’s Proposed More Homes Built Faster Bill Significantly Impacts Environmental Policy and Regulation
This Week: Ontario’s Proposed More Homes Built Faster Bill Significantly Impacts Environmental Policy and Regulation; US Great Lakes Election Results Highlights for Water and Climate Change; Freshwater Future Earns 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency
This Week: Your Feedback Used to Guide Freshwater Future Strategic Plan; Invitation to White House EJ Advisory Council Meeting; Find Out What’s in Your Tap Water; Wolverine Worldwide Receives Citation for Delay in PFAS Cleanup
This Week: Michigan PFAS Survey – Your Input Needed; Elected Officials Lookup Page; Fundraising for Emergency Response for Benton Harbor Residents; Dedicated Environmental Attorney to Train Next Generation
This Week: All About Water Fall Convening Reconfigured; Lead in Duluth; Strategic Plan Survey Drawing; NAF Conference; Interested in Climate Impacts on Water Quality? Sign-up for a Short Course | Nov. 1 – Dec. 6
This Week: Register for November’s Virtual All About Water Convening; Lead in Eastpointe, MI Drinking Water; Enormous Waves Slam into Iconic Lake Michigan Lighthouses; Energy Company Faces Criminal Charges After Line 3 Aquifer Breach; Interested in Climate Impacts on Water Quality – Sign-up for a Short Course Nov. 1 – Dec. 6
This Week: Sign up For Our 2022 All About Water Fall Convening: Federal (SRF) Infrastructure Funding Challenges & Opportunities; Clean Water Act Turns 50 On October 18th, 2022; Meet 11 Indigenous Women Standing Up for Water, Land & Climate; Meet One of Our 2021 Freshwater Future Grantees
This Week: Share Your Opinion and Be Entered to Win Gift Cards; Sign up For Our 2022 Fall Convening: SRF Infrastructure Funding Challenges & Opportunities; Clean Water Act Endangered by the U.S. Supreme Court Case-Sackett v. EPA; Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement 50th Anniversary and Public Forum; Drilling Planned for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
This week: Freshwater Future Fall Project Grants Deadline; Share Your Opinion and Be Entered in Our Drawing; Michigan Accepting Grant Applications to Address High Water Infrastructure; The Impacts of Water System Regionalization; Making the Motor City a Solar City Event, Saturday, October 1, 2022
This Week: Freshwater Future Fall Project Grants Deadline Approaching Fast!; Need New Technology? Share Your Opinion and be Entered to Win Gift Cards; Freshwater Future Participated in One Water Summit; Hurricane Fiona Leaves Many Without Electricity or Water
This Week: Freshwater Future Fall Project Grants Deadline Approaching Fast; Polio Found in Wastewater in New York; Need New Technology? Share Your Opinion and be Entered to Win Gift Cards; Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Public Forum (September 27-29, Niagara Falls, Ontario)
This Week: The Freshwater 2020-2021 Annual Report is Here!; Fall Project Grant Deadline Approaching; Take Five Minutes to Guide Freshwater Future’s Strategic Planning Process; Speak Out On Drinking Water Issues at Upcoming Public Hearings; Take Action Against 162,000 Acre Land Expansion In Michigan for the National Guard; Jackson, Mississippi Considers Privatization of Water Systems to Solve Water Crisis
#WeAreLakeErieDay was trending on social media this week from people sharing their memories and appreciation for Lake Erie. While there is much to celebrate about Lake Erie, the lake also needs our help as it is plagued by harmful algal blooms.
This week: Getting to Know Lake Erie–We Are Lake Erie Day, August 31 + New York Community Adopts Moratorium on Water Extraction + National Guard Requests 162,000 Acre Expansion in Michigan + Freshwater Voices Newsletter – Latest Issue Now Available Online + Share Your Input to Guide Freshwater Future’s Strategic Planning Process
This week: Muskegon Heights Water Assistance Victory! + Partnership: Freshwater Future + Flint Community Lab + More Funds Available for Fall Grants–Is Your Organization Eligible? + Updates on Hexavalent Chromium Spill in the Huron River
This week: Near Zero Health Advisories for PFAS Chemicals Announced by U.S. EPA + Court Provides Criteria for Citizens to Have a Say in Zoning Decisions + Need Funds for Your Water Work? + More Direct Action Required to Reduce Phosphorus Pollution
Sign the Petition Supporting Muskegon Heights, MI Residents’ Access to Federal Water Assistance + New York’s Largest Landfill Seeks to Expand Instead of Close in 2025 – Water Groups Fight Back + Wixom Plant Spills Toxic Hexavalent Chromium into Huron River + Cleveland Plans $2 Million Project to Address Drinking Water Impacts from Algal Blooms
This week: Meet One of Our Spring Project Grant Recipients: Junction Creek Stewardship Committee + Join us for a Q&A Webinar on Freshwater Future’s grant programs + Ask Your Water Utility to Participate in LIHWAP + Wisconsin Sues 18 Companies Over PFAS Contamination
This week: Need Funds for Your Water Work? Join the Q&A Projects Grants Webinar on August 23 + One Thousand Acres to be Returned to Onondaga Nation + Water is Life Festival + Reminder – It’s not safe to leave plastic water bottles in hot locations
Detroit Neighborhoods Using Flood Focus App; Meet One of Our Spring Project Grant Recipients: West Grand Boulevard Collaborative; Flint Lab Video; Clean Water Act on the U.S. Supreme Court Docket; Pipeline Required to Submit More Information for Tunnel Permit
This Week: Is Your Water Utility Participating in LIHWAP?; Update on Detroit’s Lifeline and Water Affordability Plan; Voice Builder Grant Highlight: Kettle Lakes Association; Recording on Accessing State Revolving Funds for Communities Available; July is Lake Appreciation Month!
This Week: Details Missing About Detroit’s Announcement of Water Rate Relief + Flint Indictments Dropped due to Technicality + Meet One of Our Spring Project Grant Recipients: Water Watchers (Ontario) + Ontario’s Recent Election Could Be a Loss for the Environment and Great Lakes + Recording on Accessing State Revolving Funds for Communities Available!
This Week: Construction Season is Here–Be Prepared for Lead Service Line Replacements + Meet One of Our Spring Project Grantees: Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition + Update on Flint River Oil Spill + Webinar Next Week, 6/29 on Maumee Watershed Nutrient TMDL Project + Juneteenth–Freedom, Hope, and More Work Needed + All About Water Recording Available!
This Week: Another Major Spill Impacts Michigan Rivers + Want to Work for Water? Check Out the Job Opportunities Listing + Michigan’s Citizens for Water Conservation Website Launch: Voice Builder Program + Meet One of Our Spring Project Grantees: WaterLegacy + Concerned About Your Community’s Drinking Water?
This Week: Over 5,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled in St. Mary’s River + Freshwater Future Hosts Two Environmental Fellows + Freshwater Future Staff Member, Kristen Haitaian Joins Water Advocates at National River Rally + Registration Deadline for All About Water Virtual Event this Friday, June 10th! + Bottled Water Reminder
This Week: Registration Deadline Extended Until June 10th for All About Water Virtual Event; Benton Harbor Community Marches For Clean Water; Meet One of Our Spring Project Grantees: Environment North; Freshwater Future Receives Funding for the Great Lakes Network from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation; Pivotal Hearing Day for Fond Du Lac Band’s Efforts to Protect Lake Superior
This Week: Assistance is Now Available for Past Due Water Bills – Please Share! + Thank you to Cassie Chen for her work for Freshwater Future Canada + Less Severe Harmful Algal Blooms Projected for Lake Erie + The Justice Department to Focus on Environmental Justice with New Office
THIS WEEK: Detroit Replacing Lead Water Lines in Several Neighborhoods; The Power of Community Action in An Asphalt Plant Permit Denial; Indigenous Women Voice Concerns Over Proposed Pipeline Expansion Running Through Wisconsin; Chicagwa: Chicago’s Drinking Water Distraction
THIS WEEK: Take Action to Prevent Asphalt Facility in Detroit Residential Communities + Algae Impacts Housing Prices + Peshtigo Asks EPA for Superfund Designation + Update: Joliet, IL Cost of Lake Michigan for Future Drinking Water Source + Register for All About Water Virtual Event
THIS WEEK: A Win for Water the Crisis: Flint Community Lab’s Website Launch; Take Action to Protect Lake Superior from Mining Pollution; Current Guidelines are Not Enough to Protect Against Road Salt Pollution; Issue Update–Ohio Governor Signs Law that Weakens Regulations on Streams; Freshwater Future’s Helpful Online Tools
THIS WEEK: Words Are Inadequate in Response to Patrick Lyoya’s Death: What You Can Do on Earth Day to Help Protect Our Planet; Asphalt Facility in Detroit Appeals Decision After Permit Denial; Your Help Needed to Take Advantage of a Historic Opportunity to Upgrade Public Water Systems; Save the Date and Register for All About Water Virtual Event; Freshwater Voices Newsletter – Latest Issue Now Available Online
THIS WEEK: Save the Date–June 22, All About Water Convening; Ohio Legislature Moves to Weaken Regulations Aimed to Protect Streams; New Canadian Strategy for Management of Toxic PFAS in the Great Lakes; Help for Water and Wastewater Bills Rolling Out
THIS WEEK: Social Media Training Recording Available; New Pipeline Monitoring Rules Appealed by Oil and Gas Industry; Illinois Bill to Aid Environmental Justice Committees Moves Forward; Ontario Boaters are Part of Invasive Species Management; New York Organizations in Need of a New Website and Communications Tools? Grants Available!
THIS WEEK: Welcome New Staff Member, Kwamé Hampton + Indigenous Knowledge Added to Climate Atlas of Canada + Risk Assessment of the Line 5 Straits Pipeline + Invasive Sea Lampreys Benefit from Border Closures
THIS WEEK: PFAS News–Health for Veterans and Wisconsin Regulations Update + Maumee River Phosphorus Model Results Subject of Public Meetings Next Week + Six Days Left to Submit Grant Applications to Freshwater Future + Congratulations to the Nine Freshwater Heroes + Michigan Environmental Justice Mapping Tool Open for Public Comment
THIS WEEK: Celebrate Freshwater Heroes and World Water Day + Supreme Court Nominee and Water Protection + Freshwater Future Project Grant Deadline, March 31 + Research Shows Filters Remove Lead with Conditions + Fresh Look for FreshwaterFuture.org
THIS WEEK: Federal Strategy to Distribute Water Infrastructure Funds Gains Support + New Technology Step Toward Equitable Solutions + International Climate Change Report Makes Case for Immediate Actions + Michigan’s Healthy Climate Plan Comment Period + Mapping Out Lake Erie + Freshwater Future Project Grant Deadline, March 31
THIS WEEK: Freshwater Heroes Honored on World Water Day, March 22–Register Today! + Study Looks at Climate Change Impacts to Great Lakes During Winter + Water Watchers Get Wellness and Organization Support + Drinking Water Contaminated near Canadian Forces Detachment Mountain View
THIS WEEK: Communications Grants Filling the Gap + All About Water Convening + Ontario’s Water Infrastructure, Much Like in the U.S., Needs Support + Your Voice on Michigan’s Healthy Climate Plan + Save the Date-Freshwater Heroes Celebration, March 22, 2022
THIS WEEK: Administration Cancels Mine Leases for Minnesota Boundary Waters; Success: 1 Billion for Great Lakes Restoration; Southern Ontario Wetlands Provide Over $4 Billion in Natural Filtration Annually; Rivers Found to Be Major Source of PFAS Pollution to the Great Lakes
THIS WEEK: Next Week: Join Us for the All About Water Symposium on Feb 17th; Join the Q&A Projects Grants Webinar on Feb 22nd; Have Your Voice Heard on Michigan’s Draft Healthy Climate Plan; First Nations $8-Billion Class-Action Settlement; Ontario Government Plans to Build New Highways Through Provincial Greenbelt
THIS WEEK: Public Comments Requested on Michigan’s Draft Healthy Climate Plan; Learn More about Freshwater Future Grant Opportunities on February 22; Check Out the Popular Science Article With Thoughts from Jill Ryan; Registration Deadline Extended: Ensuring Your Community Benefits from Recent Federal Investments
THIS WEEK: Contact Your Local Officials to Ensure Your Community Benefits from Recent Federal Investments in Water; Registration: All About Water Symposium, Securing Federal Infrastructure Dollars; Personal and Organizational Wellness Online Series 2022; Chemicals in Water Systems in Indiana Communities
THIS WEEK: You Are Invited: All About Water Symposium, Securing Federal Infrastructure Dollars + Personal and Organizational Wellness Online Series 2022 + Ontario government plans to build new highways through provincial Greenbelt + You May Be Eligible for Financial Assistance for Your Water Bill
THIS WEEK: There Is Still Time to say YES to a better Great Lakes Future by donating today! + Freshwater Future Still Benefiting from Environmental Fellow – Thank You Sanchez! + Administration Requests Input from U.S. Tribes on Line 5 Treaty Talks
THIS WEEK: Give the Gift of Helping to Ensure the Healthy Future of Our Great Lakes Waters! + Manufacturing Giant Dumps Over 400 Gallons of Oil into Wisconsin’s Menomonee River + Ontario Study: Laundry Filter Can Reduce Plastic Pollution + Lead in Drinking Water Have You Worried?
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