Freshwater Future Weekly: October 21, 2022

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
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Calling All Activists, and Community Orgs Working on Great Lakes Region Water-Related Issues!

Want to learn more about State Revolving Funds (SRF) and how your community can obtain funding? Sign up For Our 2022 All About Water Fall Convening: Federal (SRF) Infrastructure Funding Challenges & Opportunities. On November 2nd, we will host our Fall All About Water Convening from 9:30 AM – 12 PM ET. Join us to learn more about water infrastructure funding and ways residents can ensure that their voice is heard. Sign up for All About Water here and help us spread the word!

Lead in Eastpointe, MI Drinking Water 

This week, officials are warning their residents and trying to tackle unsafe levels of lead contamination in drinking water systems in Eastpointe, Michigan. The City of Eastpointe announced elevated levels of lead on Monday after June test results from sites with known lead service lines were released. Residents of Eastpointe with elevated lead levels or having lead service lines to their home can receive free “faucet filters and replacement cartridges” from the city. As a reminder, no amount of lead is safe in drinking water.  Click here to learn how to keep you and your family safe from lead in drinking water.

Enormous Waves Slam into Iconic Lake Michigan Lighthouses 

Strong winds on October 18th generated massive Lake Michigan waves that crashed into several of West Michigan’s lighthouses. Check out this video that captures the power of the combined wind and water. 

Energy Company Faces Criminal Charges After Line 3 Aquifer Breach

The Canadian energy company behind the controversial Line 3 tar sands pipeline faces criminal charges after an aquifer or underground drinking water source was breached during construction. Minnesota officials state that the company mishandled the incident’s aftermath and delayed notifying the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. We applaud the Attorney General’s office for taking the first steps to hold them accountable for their destruction to waterways and communities. 

Interested in Climate Impacts on Water Quality? Sign-up for a Short Course | Nov. 1 – Dec.

There are many players working to protect, restore and steward water resources. The Land Trust Alliance is offering a short course that will examine the synergies between climate, water and land protection. Freshwater Future staff member Ann Baughman will speak at the first session to discuss climate change trends and water quality. Come discover the practical knowledge and concrete steps to make your land and water conservation work more effective. Learn more and register.