Freshwater Weekly: April 2, 2021
April 2, 2021
This week: Pandemic Relief Bill Includes Water Funding – What Your Community Can Do + Community Based Opportunity: NEW Communications Grant + New York Resources for Water Quality – Let’s Share Online Tools + More Than 500 Families in the Town of Campbell, Wisconsin Ask for Water + In Ohio, Virtual Walleye Help Solve Contamination Threats
Pandemic Relief Bill Includes Water Funding – What Your Community Can Do
Recently, Congress passed a pandemic relief bill that contains a number of water utility related provisions. Known as the American Rescue Plan of 2021, the bill includes $500 million to states and tribes to provide assistance to residents for water utility bills and drinking and wastewater infrastructure, among other things. While we know large utilities have been encouraged to seek out these funds, many utilities in communities with lesser means or a smaller rate base are not receiving this information. While we don’t know when this funding will start to be sent to the states, now is the time for communities to start dialogues with their Governor and state agency(-ies). Check out this week’s blog post for information on how to encourage your officials to seek out assistance.
Community Based Opportunity: NEW Communications Grant
With a new grant from the Water Funder Initiative, Freshwater Future has just created a new grant program to help Community Based Organizations develop new fundraising, advocacy and supporter communications tools. We have just extended the deadline to Tuesday, April 6, and we can actually accept your application through a phone call. We want to ensure you have the tools and training to communicate effectively on all fronts. So call Stephanie at 231.348.8200 as soon as possible to apply by phone, but no later than Tuesday!
New York Online Water Quality Resources – Let’s Share Online Tools
New York state provides online access to a map of both drinking water and surface water quality that anyone can monitor. The state also provides a website to help people protect water. Does your state or province have tools like these? We would love to know so we can share them with our readers! Please send your cool resources for sharing to Brandon@freshwaterfuture.org.
More Than 500 Families in the Town of Campbell, Wisconsin Ask for Water
Over 200 wells in the Town of Campbell, Wisconsin have tested positive for PFAS substances, forcing over 500 local families to ask the state for alternate water. Campbell is located in the western side of the state not far from the La Crosse Regional Airport, which uses the toxic substances for fire fighting. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is conducting an investigation.
In Ohio, Virtual Walleye Help Solve Contamination Threats
Great Lakes scientists are using technology to simulate the life cycle of walleye to better detect sources of contamination and how much of it walleye consume. Normally, identifying and cleaning contaminated sentiment is labor intensive and cost prohibitive. Using the modeling of walleye will allow comparisons of options to make cleanups more effective.