Freshwater Weekly: January 29, 2021

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January 29, 2021

This week: New York Extends Water Shut Off Moratorium Through June 2022 + Ice Cover and High Lake Levels–Dangerous Combination + Updates on Recent Stories– Freshwater Future and Blue Conduit on SciFri + Appeal Filed for Nestle Water Withdrawal + Working to Protect Water? Apply for a Spring Project Grant-Due March 31

New York Proposes to Extend Water Shut Off Moratorium Through June 2022 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his 2021 State of the State speech that he will be proposing legislation to prohibit utility disconnections in regions under a state of emergency. In addition, an extension of the moratorium on water shutoffs until June 30, 2022 was introduced recently. Both of these actions are important steps to ensuring access to water during the pandemic and future emergencies.  Freshwater Future will continue working with partners to also push the state for a water affordability plan that includes emergency assistance, debt forgiveness, water conservation measures, education, jobs, and transparency and reporting.

Low Ice Coverage and High Lake Levels–Dangerous Combination

This January the ice cover on our Great Lakes is smaller than it’s ever been, which makes shorelines more vulnerable to harmful erosion. Low ice cover combined with lake levels that are still far above long-term averages increases the likelihood for severe erosion. The Army Corp of Engineers expects a rise in lake levels this year if we experience acute wet conditions.

Updates on Recent Stories

Toledo, Ohio Lead-Line Project Featured on SciFri

With 1.8 million listeners, podcast SciFri (Science Friday) featured Freshwater Future’s very own, Alexis Smith, and BlueConduit to discuss new artificial intelligence technologies that will more accurately pinpoint Toledo homes with lead pipes. 

Appeal Filed in Circuit Court for Nestle Water Withdrawal

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation filed an appeal in Circuit Court last week to overturn a decision by a State Agency (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, or EGLE) that ruled they did not have the authority to overturn the permit for Nestle to increase pumping of water for bottled water. The original appeal filed using the agency’s administrative process sucked up two-years and significant funds from Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation and its partner, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. You can learn more about the pending appeal here.

Freshwater Future Grant Program Webinar on February 25–Mark Your Calendar

Join us on February 25, at  10:00 am to learn more about Freshwater Future’s grant programs. This informal webinar will provide a brief overview of our grants 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.  


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