Freshwater Weekly 10/19/17

Posted on October 19, 2017 by

This week:  a day without water + Chicago meet & greet + speak up for Lake Erie + Wisconsin’s new Foxconn plant + funding for grassroots groups + ways you can make a difference.


Last week, organizations around the US came together to imagine a day without water. In Flint, Michigan, community groups gathered to provide ways in which residents can have safe, affordable water sent to their homes while also collaborating on long-term policy solutions to quality and affordability problems, and our own Jill Ryan was among the attendees.

Freshwater Future is proud to support events such as “A Day Without Water,” which call attention to the continued struggle for clean and affordable drinking water in places like Detroit and Flint. Organizers are already planning another event, called “Make A Wave,” and we’ll keep you updated on the details.


Join us at Revolution Brewing in Chicago on Monday, October 30 to learn more about how we’re helping communities around the Great Lakes protect their local waters.

Meet Executive Director Jill Ryan, one of the leading voices for Great Lakes conservation, and hear her take on the critical issues facing our lakes and the communities that depend on them. Get all the details and RSVP here.


Great Lakes governors are meeting tomorrow, and there’s still time to help to get Lake Erie to the top of their agenda. Two years ago, the governors of Michigan and Ohio—along with the Premier of Ontario—made a commitment to reducing the runoff pollution that fuels Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms. They owe the public a report on progress and what next steps will be taken to cleanup Lake Erie.

TAKE ACTION! Click here to send an email to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Tell them that stopping runoff pollution must be a priority.


Foxconn is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, best known for making iPhones, and the state of Wisconsin recently made a $3 billion deal with the company to locate a new factory there. Despite opposition from environmentalists—including hundreds of Freshwater Future supporters like you—the deal exempts Foxconn from a host of state environmental regulations, which may put water quality and sensitive habitats at risk.

The location of the factory within the state affects how its water use can be regulated, and Foxconn has just announced that its new facility will be located entirely within the Lake Michigan drainage basin. The operation will use an estimated 10-15 million gallons of water a day, and Foxconn needs only permission from the state in order to draw that water from Lake Michigan, so we’re keeping a close eye on the process. Learn more on our blog.


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