Freshwater Weekly 7/6/17
This week: potential roll backs of federal water protections + a mining investigation + Asian carp (yes, still) + an easy way to donate + more ways you can make a difference.
Over the past week, we’ve learned of two startling proposals to roll back critical federal water protections that could affect our Great Lakes waters. Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is currently under review by the US Department of Commerce as part of an executive order that aims to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. And on June 27, EPA Director Scott Pruitt announced a plan to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which protects the water supply for 117 million Americans.
We’re monitoring both situations carefully, and we’ll let you know when to take action so that your voice will have the most impact.
Freshwater Future is leading the charge in calling for an investigation into the safety and long-term stability of the Eagle Mine—an underground nickel and copper mine located in western Marquette County of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After failing to publicly disclose a ‘collapse’ incident, the mining company is now seeking changes to their permit that have experts concerned about the ecological and economic impact of further collapses on the Yellow Dog River Watershed and, ultimately, Lake Superior.
We rallied the support of thirteen other organizations to insist, collectively, that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality thoroughly investigate the mine’s safety and stability before permitting any expansion. You can read our letter here.
WE KEEP “CARPING” ON THIS
Last week we told you about the live Asian carp that was caught just nine miles from Lake Michigan, and we helped put you in touch with your elected representatives. Urging their support of the Stop Asian Carp Now Act and demanding the release of the Brandon Road study is our first step in preventing the spread of these invasive fish. Tell your representatives we can’t wait any longer for Brandon Road.
SMILE, IT’S (ALMOST) PRIME DAY
Shop Amazon Smile on Tuesday, July 11 and they’ll make a gift to Freshwater Future. Did you know Amazon Prime members can designate a charity to receive a percentage of every purchase they make? Start at Amazon Smile, and look for us as Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund, Inc. (our former name). Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but you can shop Smile any day.
There are lots of simple ways to help protect our waters. Find more at freshwaterfuture.org/take-action.