Freshwater Weekly: May 14, 2021
This week: New York Extends Moratorium that Prevents Utility Companies From Disconnecting Utilities + Urge the U.S. EPA to Keep PFAS Out of Our Water + Hundreds Protest Pipeline Operation + $9M in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Available for Stormwater Projects + UIC Freshwater Lab Student Creates Art Activism with Lake Michigan Collage Project
New York Governor Signs Legislation Extending Moratorium that Prevents Utility Companies From Disconnecting Utilities
Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending the moratorium on water and other utility shutoffs to assist residents still affected by the pandemic. “Freshwater Future applauds Senator Parker, Assembly Member Richardson and Governor Cuomo for their leadership in ensuring all New Yorkers have access to tap water in their homes to fight this pandemic,” said Kristy Meyer, Associate Director at Freshwater Future. “Now we must work together to ensure all New Yorkers have access to safe, clean and affordable water even after the moratorium has expired.”
Thanks to all of our New York friends for sending messages to the Governor to help get this moratorium in place.
Urge the U.S. EPA to Keep PFAS Out of Our Water
The more we learn about PFAS “forever chemicals,” the more clear it is that they are harmful to humans, wildlife, and the environment. Fortunately, the U.S. EPA is now considering action to limit the dumping of PFAS into our rivers, lakes, and streams. Please sign on to this petition to support this action to protect our waters and source of drinking water for millions of people. Chemical companies are fighting to stop or weaken the proposal. In fact, last week one company filed a lawsuit against the State of Michigan to invalidate recent standards adopted for levels of certain PFAS in drinking water. That’s why it is so crucial that EPA hears from us — so that the agency follows through and takes meaningful action. To sign on to the petition now, click HERE.
Hundreds Protest Pipeline Operation
An eviction notice was posted on a gate to the Line 5 pipeline by hundreds of protesters on Thursday. Representatives from several Michigan tribes and residents were there to support the shutdown of the pipeline and recent orders by Michigan Governor to revoke the easement. The company has continued operating the 68-year old pipeline.
$9M in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Available for Stormwater Projects
Funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will support up to 24 projects to reduce stormwater runoff carrying polluted runoff to Great Lakes waters with an emphasis on reducing nutrients from agricultural runoff. To find out more about this funding opportunity visit this website.
UIC Freshwater Lab Student Creates Art Activism with Lake Michigan Collage Project
Chicago resident and student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Freshwater Lab, Amy Heldman has created an art activist project entitled “Thinking Relationships to Lake Michigan: An Art Collage for Reflection” which draws inspiration from city residents and reflects on people’s deep personal connections to the Lake. In this week’s blog post, Amy discusses her course project details and her meaningful conversations with strangers about water. Read more here. This summer, Amy will assist Freshwater Future with our lead in drinking water program as an intern.