Freshwater Weekly: April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021
In preparation for Earth Day next week, this issue brings opportunities for celebration and action.
This week: PFAS Action Act Would Set Drinking Water Standards + Don’t Miss the Celebration + Keep Water On–Restore the Prohibition on Water Shutoffs! + High Levels of Lead in Drinking Water – We Need Faster Action
National PFAS Action Act Would Set Drinking Water Standards
The PFAS Action Act, introduced into the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support, will set drinking water standards for some PFAS chemicals and give authority to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to direct cleanup of contamination. Federal drinking water standards for these toxic chemicals are needed to protect public health. Stay tuned for updates on this important issue and opportunities to take action.
Don’t Miss The Celebration–Register today for the Freshwater Hero Virtual Ceremony
Please join us on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 from 12:00-12:45 pm to recognize our 2020 Freshwater Hero Award Recipients. Now more than ever, we need to take the time to celebrate the good news happening in our communities. This short event will inspire you and give you hope as we share stories of a few people, organizations, and communities throughout the Great Lakes Region who are making a positive difference. This live virtual celebration is free, but pre-registration is required.
ACTION ITEM-Keep Water Flowing in New York and Michigan!
Last week we shared that a moratoria to keep water on for people was ending in New York and Michigan. COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing and having access to running water for hand washing and drinking is vital. If you live in New York or Michigan please use our easy system to ask your state decision-makers to reinstate the moratoria today!
High Levels of Lead in Drinking Water – We Need Faster Action
As high levels of lead continue to pop up across the country, and in many cases drag on for long periods of time, we have an opportunity to take action due to pandemic relief infrastructure funding coming to states from the federal government. Now is the time to talk with your local city officials and encourage them to ask your state for dollars to help resolve issues such as removing lead pipes so that we can finally remove this scourge from our communities! Check out this resource for what you can do.