Freshwater Weekly 3/1/18

Posted on March 1, 2018 by

This week: how to clean up Lake Erie + 2018 grant funding now available + more ways to make a difference.


The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement requires all jurisdictions surrounding Lake Erie to publish action plans for addressing increasingly severe algal blooms, and the deadline is this month.

So far, we’ve seen final plans from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Canada-Ontario. We are still waiting to see what Indiana, Michigan, and the US Environmental Protection Agency propose.

Based on what we’ve seen in the draft and final versions, these  plans are a good first step, but generally fail to adequately address the largest source of the problem—runoff pollution from agriculture. Read our analysis of the Canada-Ontario plan at our sister organization Freshwater Future Canada.

Given how severe the situation is—algae threatens the safety of our drinking water, health of fish, and quality of beaches—we need every jurisdiction to step up with a concrete plan to reduce the runoff pollution that fuels toxic algal blooms.

Freshwater Future will continue to advocate for policies that hold polluters accountable for protecting Lake Erie, and we’ll let you know of opportunities to add your voice.


One of the most important and impactful ways Freshwater Future protects the Great Lakes is by making grants to grassroots groups working throughout the region to protect the waters in their communities. We’re now accepting grant applications through April 10, 2018 from grassroots groups engaged in local advocacy efforts to protect shorelines, inland lakes, rivers, groundwater, drinking water, and wetlands in the Great Lakes Basin.

To guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have, we’re holding a webinar on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST. Sign up here.

You can find all the details you’ll need to get started applying for a grant—including the request for proposals—here on our website. And if you’re not part of a grassroots group in need of these funds, help us spread the word by forwarding this email to someone who is.


There are lots of simple ways to help protect our waters. Find more at


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West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, & Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.