Freshwater Weekly 8/10/17
This week: public input making a difference on Line 5 + Brandon Road Study released + grant opportunities for grassroots groups + summer in photos + ways you can make a difference.
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ON LINE 5 ALTERNATIVES REPORT
Public input is having an impact! The State of Michigan raised a number of concerns about the draft Alternatives Risk Analysis for Enbridge’s Line 5 Pipeline under the Mackinac Straits and ordered the study to be revisited and expanded. The concerns outlined by the state echo the concerns submitted in public comments by individuals and citizen groups. It’s great to know that our voices are making a difference!
HOW TO STOP ASIAN CARP: STEP 1
Finally! After months of delay, the Army Corps of Engineers released the Brandon Road Study, which details the first step in building an Asian Carp defense. Public pressure from committed citizens throughout the Great Lakes is largely to thank for the study’s release, so take a minute to pat yourself on the back before we dig in on the hard work ahead of us.
GRANTS FOR GRASSROOTS GROUPS
At Freshwater Future, we’re proud to support grassroots groups working on the ground to protect the water in their communities. Our fall grant period is now open, and organizations can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $3500 for projects that promote water protection and restoration. Learn more about our grant programs—or apply for a grant—here.
We want your summer photos! Show us how you’re enjoying freshwater in the Great Lakes this summer—from the tiniest trout streams to the deepest of our inland seas. Share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #freshwatersummer, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll reshare our favorites.
There are lots of simple ways to help protect our waters. Find more at freshwaterfuture.org/take-action.