Freshwater Future Weekly: December 22, 2021
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
There Is Still Time to say YES to a better Great Lakes Future by donating today!
Make an Impact with Your Year-End Gift Today! Together, we can stand stronger than ever to uplift our Great Lakes communities, help get water resources to those in need, while protecting Great Lakes waters and public health. Please say YES to a better Great Lakes Future by donating HERE. Thank you!
Freshwater Future Still Benefiting from Environmental Fellow – Thank You Sanchez!
This year, we were fortunate to connect with Sanchez Rolle through the Yale Environmental Fellows Program. Sanchez worked on projects with Freshwater Future to ensure educational information about lead in drinking water would get to families in the region. Sanchez put it this way, “Freshwater Future has been a driving force impacting policies to protect the water for communities surrounding the Great Lakes Region. This organization is intentional about achieving their goal of promoting safe, clean, accessible and sustainable water. It has been echoed that water should be a basic right for every individual but if it is not potable, it will serve no purpose.” Check out Sanchez’ full article about his program here.
Administration Requests Input from U.S. Tribes on Line 5 Treaty Talks
The Biden Administration has responded to a request by Great Lakes tribes to decommission Line 5 with a request for input before talks between the U.S. and Canada under the Transit Pipeline Treaty of 1977, which has never before been utilized. This dispute resolution process is intended to provide a structure for resolving transboundary disputes, but the focus will no doubt have to consider the balance between safety of the drinking water for over 40 million people and economic interests. Freshwater Future supports the tribes in their efforts, along with others, to curtail the use of this 63-year-old pipeline carrying toxic fuels under Lakes Michigan and Huron.