Freshwater Weekly: April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021
This week: Celebrate Earth Day By Raising Your Voice + People Aren’t Drinking Their Tap Water Because They Don’t Trust It + Pipeline Tunnel Review to Consider Greenhouse Gas Emissions + Ontario Agencies to Test Smelt for Forever Chemicals (PFAS)
Celebrate Earth Day By Raising Your Voice
Community water leaders from around the Great Lakes region and Freshwater Future staff members celebrated Earth Day by educating members of Congress and Congressional Committee staff about the importance of clean, safe, affordable and reliable drinking water. Leaders shared personal stories and experiences in their communities about the need to invest in protecting source drinking water and water infrastructure–drinking, wastewater, and stormwater, and keep water bills affordable.
Freshwater Future regularly provides opportunities for you to educate your local, state, and federal elected officials. Two opportunities for residents in Michigan and New York is to ask Michigan legislators and New York Governor’s to swiftly pass and sign a moratorium on shutting off water to residents during COVID-19. If you live in New York or Michigan please use our easy system to ask your state decision-makers to reinstate the moratoria today!
People Aren’t Drinking Their Tap Water Because They Don’t Trust It
A recent study estimated that over 60 million U.S. residents don’t drink their tap water due to distrust. Switching to drinking bottled water is not only expensive, the quality is not necessarily better than tap water. More must be done to rebuild trust in the safety of our public water supplies by replacing lead pipes, increasing transparency about the quality of tap water, and providing more testing for pollutants. Freshwater Future is honored to be a partner in the Flint Community Lab, an innovative approach that is providing free water testing for lead in tap water for Flint residents.
Pipeline Tunnel Review to Consider Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Michigan Public Service Commission announced that the review for the proposed tunnel to house an oil/gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac must consider greenhouse gas emissions. Michigan’s Governor revoked the pipeline company’s easement for the existing pipeline requiring a stop to operations on May 12, 2021.
Ontario Agencies to Test Smelt for Forever Chemicals (PFAS)
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is asking smelt anglers to share some of their catch this spring. Following Wisconsin’s effort to test smelt for PFAS, Ontario Agencies want to collect fish from all watersheds. Joanie McGuffin with Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy shares her concerns about smelt potentially being contaminated by PFAS.