Freshwater Future Weekly: November 2, 2022

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
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Michigan PFAS Survey – Your Input Needed! 

Below is a link to a survey to assess attitudes and perceptions concerning risks to drinking water in Michigan, with a focus on PFAS. This survey was developed by a research team at Michigan State University (MSU) and funded through the US Geological Survey’s Water Resources Research Program. It is being distributed widely to residents throughout Michigan.  If you would like to take part in the survey, you can access it at:  

Free Online Tool – Elected Officials Lookup Page

Would you like to directly call your state representative or tweet the vice president, but don’t know how to contact them? Freshwater Future’s online Take Action tool makes it easy for you to find contact information. Just go to our elected official lookup page and enter your zip code. Your elected officials will then be displayed with all the information you need to contact them including email, phone, social media pages, and mailing address. Just go to Take Action on our website.

Fundraising for Emergency Response for Benton Harbor Residents 

Benton Harbor continues to be in a drinking water crisis with the Benton Harbor Community Water Council leading the fight to get lead out of the water and educate residents. While they have made significant progress in ensuring lead pipes are removed, they need additional funds to help their door-to-door team train residents how to properly install and maintain water filters in their homes as the system stabilizes. Please help out with any donation amount at this GoFundMe fundraiser.

Dedicated Environmental Attorney to Train Next Generation 

After more than 20 years as an environmental attorney, Kim Ferraro, formerly with Hoosier Environmental Council, will be teaching the next generation of environmental law attorneys. Joining the Conservation Law Center (CLC) in Bloomington, Ferraro will be educating and mentoring law students who are studying at the Conservation Law Center’s Clinic. Freshwater Future had the pleasure of working with Kim over the years on projects from launching strategic plans to protecting harm to Lake Superior from a rocket launch pad.  Read more about her work in this article