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Freshwater Weekly: March 5, 2021

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March 5, 2021

This week: Waterloop Podcast Highlights Freshwater Future and Our Partners Work in Toledo, Ohio + Virtual Event to Discuss PFAS Pollution at Department of Defense Sites + Damage from Dam Repair on Kalamazoo River Cleanup Slated + Stunning Lake Michigan Ice Breaking Footage Captured + Freshwater Future Project Grant Applications Due March 31, 2021


Waterloop Podcast Highlights Freshwater Future and Our Partners Work in Toledo, Ohio 

Waterloop, a podcast, interviewed Freshwater Future staff members, Alicia and Alexis Smith, and our organizational partner Junction Coalition’s Ramon Perez about the progress in Toledo, Ohio to engage community residents in water issues. Listen as these community leaders share the solutions residents have brought to the table to address harmful algal pollution, lead pipes, and increasing water utility bills.  


Virtual Event to Discuss PFAS Pollution at Department of Defense Sites

A virtual panel discussion will focus on PFAS pollution connected to U.S. military bases next week, Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 pm EST. Tony Spaniola with NOW (Need Our Water) will be on the panel to share his experiences with the PFAS contamination in Oscoda, Michigan. The virtual event is sponsored by the Environmental Working Group and you can watch live on Facebook here


PFAS Investigation in Pellston, Michigan Proceeds to the Next Step

The investigation of the PFAS contamination in Pellston, Michigan is moving to Phase II. Phase II of the investigation will determine the depth and spread of the PFAS contamination in the groundwater that is the source of drinking water for Village residents. The Pellston Youth Water Council helped to discover the contamination over a year ago by working with Freshwater Future, and the group recently launched a Facebook page to provide updates to community members.


Damage from Dam Repair on Kalamazoo River Cleanup Slated

A hydroelectric company drained a lake to repair a dam last fall, without a permit, resulting in over 6,000 cubic yards of sediment pollution to the Kalamazoo River. The cleanup project, slated to begin this week, will remove the sediment that negatively impacted the habitat for fish and other aquatic life. 


Stunning Lake Michigan Ice Breaking Footage Captured

Known for strong currents, sustained winds, large winds and great depths, the Great Lakes are powerful and dynamic. The rapid change of breaking ice recently recorded on the WGN Hancock Tower in Chicago demonstrates the impressive energy of these inland seas.


Freshwater Future Project Grant Deadline, March 31, 2021! Click here to view grant guidelines.

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