Freshwater Weekly: February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021
This week: Cyber Attack on Florida Drinking Water Raises Potential Threat Everywhere + Freshwater Future Grant Program Webinar Approaching Fast + Why it is Important to Raise Your Issues During Elections + Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Groundwater Protection + Winter in the Great Lakes Region–Not Over Yet
Cyber Attack on Florida Drinking Water Raises Potential Threat Everywhere
A recent cyber attack on a small Florida community’s drinking water system revealed the vulnerability of one of our most precious resources, drinking water. A computer hacker was able to increase 100-fold the amount of anti-corrosive used, essentially turning the water to poison. Fortunately, a city official noticed quickly, restoring the concentration to safe levels. More communities are using automated drinking water treatment systems, and this attack highlights the importance of putting strong security measures in place to keep our drinking water supplies safe.
Freshwater Future Grant Program Webinar Approaching Fast
Join us next Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10am EST to learn more about Freshwater Future’s grant programs. This informal webinar will provide a brief overview of our grant programs and how to apply. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. In the meantime, check-out Freshwater Future’s 2021 Grant Opportunities guidelines to see if your organization is eligible.
Why it is Important to Raise Your Issues During Elections
Candidates’ positions on handling PFAS contamination and regulation surfaced as the pivotal issue for a special election of an open State Assembly seat in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Fire-fighting foams containing the forever chemicals, PFAS, contaminated drinking water and surface waters in the Peshtigo, Marinette area. Asking candidates about their positions on key issues is one of the cornerstones of our democracy.
Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Groundwater Protection
Recently the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s authority to require a taconite mine plant to meet strict groundwater water quality requirements. The taconite mine has been leaking roughly 2,000 gallons of wastewater into groundwater every minute. This is a huge victory for the wild rice waters and local drinking water.
Winter in the Great Lakes Region–Not Over Yet
On February 2, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil made its official appearance. He saw his shadow, predicting that spring will not likely make an early appearance. To help with the winter blues, we wanted to share a few uplifting images and stories that show-off the positive side of winter:
- Check-out this really cool satellite image of Lake Superior.
- Smooth Lake Michigan ice was the training ground for a former Olympic athlete.
- Ice volcanoes on Lake Superior are dangerous too, beware!
- Blue ice in the Straits of Mackinac reminds us that the blue skies of spring will be here soon!
- For the sound of rolling ice waves, check out this video of an almost 80% frozen Lake Erie.