Freshwater Weekly 12/14/17
This week: help craft a Great Lakes water vision + proposed change to Michigan’s lead & copper rule + funding opportunities + ways you can make a difference.
HELP US FINALIZE OUR GREAT LAKES WATER VISION (BONUS: CHANCE TO WIN AN AMAZON ECHO OR FIRE)
This fall, Freshwater Future staff members traveled around the Great Lakes to learn what water means to residents and what we all envision for the future. We’ll be sharing what we found with other environmental and social justice organizations focused on water issues in the region to make sure the work we do helps us realize the vision of Great Lakes residents.
We weren’t able to visit every Great Lakes community to hear from residents, and we don’t want your voice to be left out! We’ve synthesized the information we gathered, identified common themes, and outlined a collective water vision for the region.
Will you help us by taking this 5-10 minute survey and sharing your thoughts to improve that vision?
TAKE THE SURVEY & ENTER TO WIN! We’d like to hear from as many Great Lakes residents as possible, so please forward this to a Great Lakes friend.
MICHIGAN PROPOSES STRICTER LEAD STANDARD
In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis and with an increasing amount of attention being paid to the nation’s degrading infrastructure, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has put forth a proposal to lower the amount of lead permissible in Michigan water systems.
The Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in Michigan currently matches the federal standard for lead of 15 parts per billion (ppb) that was established in 1991. Prior to that, the standard was 50 ppb. The DEQ has proposed lowering that standard to 10 ppb and requiring municipalities to replace the lead pipes in their water systems over the next 20 years.
Freshwater Future supports the DEQ’s proposed rule change and proposed requirement for water systems across the state to replace lead service lines. Our organization, alongside community and environmental groups across the state, submitted comments to the DEQ requesting key revisions to ensure that the rule change has the maximum positive impact on public health.
Read more—and learn about next steps—on our blog.
FUNDING FOR RESILIENCE AND RESTORATION WORK
Two funding opportunities are available to grassroots groups working on projects in the Great Lakes basin. Michigan Sea Grant (MISG) is soliciting proposals from Michigan coastal communities to improve their resilience planning initiatives, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act.
Learn more about these and other grant opportunities on our website.
There are lots of simple ways to help protect our waters. Find more at freshwaterfuture.org/take-action.