Freshwater Weekly: April 9, 2021
April 9, 2021
This week: Celebrate Freshwater Heroes, April 22nd Virtual Event + Keep Water On–Restore the Prohibition on Water Shutoffs! + Illinois Has the Most Lead Water Infrastructure + Michigan Governor Uses Defense Law on PFAS Clean-up at Air Force Base + Stop U.S. EPA’s Rule to Loosen Criminal Enforcement Standards for State Clean Water Act Programs
Celebrate Freshwater Heroes, April 22nd Virtual Event
You are invited to the 2020 Freshwater Heroes Celebration! Please join us on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd at Noon (ET) as we honor several people, organizations, and communities throughout the Great Lakes Region who are committed to protecting our earth’s precious freshwater resources. This live virtual celebration is open to the public! This is a free event, but pre-registration is required.
Keep Water On–Restore the Prohibition on Water Shutoffs!
New York’s and Michigan’s moratoria on water shutoffs have expired. As COVID-19 cases surge again, water shutoffs will set our progress back dramatically. Will you help us urge state decision-makers to reinstate the moratoria during a pandemic where handwashing and wearing masks are essential? If you live in New York or Michigan please use our easy system to ask your state decision-makers to reinstate the moratoria today!
Illinois Has the Most Lead Water Infrastructure
Until 1986, the State of Illinois required lead material be used for water service piping also called service lines. As a result, Illinois has more lead service lines than any other U.S. state. Lead is a toxic metal that builds-up in bodies causing severe health impacts. Illinois Senators are urging the U.S. EPA to update the Lead and Copper Rule to reduce the amount of lead in drinking water. Note: although the article references the federal standard of 15 ppb of lead as a safety threshold, it is not. The federal lead standard for drinking water is only an indicator of whether anticorrosive treatments are working. There is no safe level of lead.
Michigan Governor Uses Defense Law on PFAS Clean-up at Air Force Base
After the U.S. Department of Defense stated it would not clean up the PFAS contaminated groundwater to Michigan standards, the Governor of Michigan sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Defense in an effort to force the federal agency to comply with Michigan’s health-focused cleanup laws.
Stop U.S. EPA’s Rule to Loosen Criminal Enforcement Standards for State Clean Water Act Programs
Under the Trump administration, the U.S. EPA proposed a rule to weaken protections for wetlands, water quality, and wildlife. There is still a chance to prevent finalization of this harmful rule. Freshwater Future is joining our partners in calling on the Biden administration to uphold its commitments to clean water and to set the standard for robust environmental protection and enforcement. If you would like to urge the U.S. EPA to withdraw this unlawful rule, please consider signing on to this letter. The deadline to add your organization’s name to the letter is next Tuesday, April 13th. Please contact Kristy Meyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.