Freshwater Weekly 8/24/17
This week: show your love for Lake Erie + a bad deal for Wisconsin + our take on the plan to stop Asian carp + ways you can make a difference.
WE ARE LAKE ERIE DAY
Show your love for Lake Erie on Monday, August 28! It’s the first ever #WeAreLakeErie Day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our sister organization Freshwater Future Canada, along with our friends Environmental Defence and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, are creating an online wave of support for Lake Erie. You can join in by sharing your personal stories about the lake—like this one—on social media.
Anyone who participates will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of these custom “I Love My Lake” tees, designed and printed in Toronto. Throughout the day, we’ll also share other ways you can get involved to help protect the lake.
Why Lake Erie? It’s all about stinky, slimy—and sometimes toxic—algal blooms. Get the whole scoop on our blog.
WISCONSIN DESERVES BETTER
The state of Wisconsin is considering a deal with Foxconn—maker of iPhones and electric components—that would roll back decades of hard-won environmental protections and funnel $3 billion of taxpayer money to a plant likely to use upwards of 10 million gallons of Great Lakes water a day.
A bill to approve the deal was recently passed by the Wisconsin Assembly and is now under consideration by the Senate Joint Finance Committee. Governor Scott Walker brokered the deal and is expected to sign the bill if it’s passed by the state Senate.
Learn more about why this deal is bad for Wisconsin, bad for the Great Lakes, and bad for the environment—as well as what Wisconsinites can do about it—on our blog.
THE PLAN TO STOP ASIAN CARP
The recently-released Brandon Road Study details promising increased protections that would significantly decrease the possibility of invasive carp entering the Great Lakes, and Congress should act quickly to authorize and fund these critical measures to protect our Lakes and our water-dependent economy.
However, even if all of the Corps’ recommendations are implemented, there is still an estimated 13% chance that Asian carp will breach the Brandon Road lock and dam and swim through the Chicago waterways to Lake Michigan. We cannot let this happen.
The Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting public comments on their recommendations here. At Freshwater Future, we believe that the best plan for preventing the spread of Asian carp is to restore the natural divide between the Mississippi River Basin and the Great Lakes by closing the Brandon Road passageway.
SPEAK OUT: Please join us in calling for the Corps to expand its recommendation and use every tool at our disposal to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Get guidance and submit comments here on our blog.
There are lots of simple ways to help protect our waters. Find more at freshwaterfuture.org/take-action.