Freshwater Weekly 8/17/17

Posted on August 17, 2017 by

This week: our favorite freshwater summer photos + speak out for clean water + more ways you can make a difference.


A few weeks ago, Freshwater Future Executive Director Jill Ryan vacationed with her family along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she snapped the photo above of a family friend diving into the cold water. It got us thinking: water is such an integral part of our lives here in the Great Lakes, so we’ve rounded up a few more favorite summer moments from Freshwater Future staff and friends right here on our blog.

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, and we’ll reshare our favorites.


We want the watery places we love to stay clean and fresh. There are only 11 days left to tell the EPA to save the Clean Water Rule!

Last month, EPA Director Scott Pruitt announced a proposal to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which protects the water supply for 117 million Americans. The rule clarified longstanding confusion about the water protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act, declaring streams and wetlands and millions of acres of small waterways—in addition to navigable waterways—eligible for federal protection from pollution.

Now the EPA wants to roll back this protection and redefine “waters of the US,” leading to the same confusion the Clean Water Rule was designed to address and putting our water at risk.

The EPA is accepting public comments on this proposal through August 28, 2017, and we’ve made it easy to add your voice. Get some state-specific talking points on our blog to help you craft a quick comment that will have maximum impact.

SPEAK OUT: Get guidance and submit comments on our blog.


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


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Images courtesy of Steven Huyser-Honig,
West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, & Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.