Tag: Michigan

Freshwater Weekly: June 15th, 2020

Posted on June 15, 2020 by

June 12, 2020 This week: Speaking Common Threads in Our Communities Through Poetry +No Water Service Restoration Chicago+ Anishinaabe Lead on Adapting to Climate Change + Michigan Senators Introduce a Bill to Protect Waterways and Public Health Speaking of Common Threads in Our Communities Through Poetry Freshwater Future staff member Brandon Tyus expressed his reactions […]

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Freshwater Weekly: May 18, 2020

Posted on May 18, 2020 by

May 8, 2020 This week: Trump Administration Sued By States Over Rollbacks On Water Protection + Pipeline Permit Stalled + Illinois Sues Hilco After Implosion In Little Village + Transboundary Plants – Emitting Pollution And Causing Cancer + PFAS Virtual Town Hall for Pellston, Michigan Trump Administration Sued By States Over Rollbacks On Water Protection […]

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Freshwater Future Weekly: April 7, 2020

Posted on April 7, 2020 by

April 3, 2020 This week: Water Service Restoration Update + COVID-19 has Great Lakes aquariums and museums offering online activities + Federal Judge Allows Flint Water Lawsuit Against Former Gov Snyder to Proceed + Flint mayor announces city-wide curfew effective April 2nd Water Service Restoration Update Michigan: Whitmer orders that homes’ water service be restored amid […]

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Detroit River Site Collapse Community Response Meeting Calls for Action

Posted on December 20, 2019 by

A community meeting in response to the recent seawall collapse into the Detroit River hosted by Sierra Club and several other environmental activists groups took place December 12th at Cass Commons. During this convening several government officials including Rep. Rashida Tlaib and State Senator Stephanie Chang, as well as a number of environmental activists proposed […]

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Gov. Whitmer transforms the MDEQ into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

This week Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs an executive order transforming the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Executive Order 2019-2 also created new offices within the department including the Office of Clean Water Public Advocacy, the Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the Office of Climate and Energy, […]

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Press Release: Some in Kinross Charter Township, MI and Village of of Walloon in Charlevoix County, MI have Drinking Water that Contains Harmful Chemicals called PFAS, But They May Not Know It

Posted on October 31, 2018 by

Contact:  Jill Ryan or Stephanie Altrock Phone: 231-348-8200 Email: jill@freshwaterfuture.org or stephanie@freshwaterfuture.org Website: www.freshwaterfuture.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Testing Finds Public Drinking Water Supplies Contain Harmful Chemicals called PFAS October 31, 2018 Michigan – Perfluroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, have collectively emerged as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the Great Lakes […]

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The Lead and Copper Rule Is Not a Health Based Rule

Posted on April 19, 2018 by

By Elin Betanzo Elin Betanzo is a water quality engineer and founder of Safe Water Engineering LLC. A former Environmental Engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she assists water utilities with Lead and Copper Rule compliance and developing lead service line replacement programs. The Detroit News published an editorial about drinking water quality in […]

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Michigan Proposes Stricter Standard on Lead, Replacing Lead Pipes Statewide

Posted on December 12, 2017 by

Image: From left to right, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis and an increasing amount of attention being paid to the nation’s degrading infrastructure, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has put forth a proposal to lower the […]

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Michigan Governor Announces Line 5 Agreement with Enbridge Inc.

Posted on November 29, 2017 by

On Monday, November 27, the Canadian corporation Enbridge Inc. inked a deal with the State of Michigan that will implement newly agreed-upon actions to move toward a long-term solution for the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline. The agreement stipulates that Enbridge will: Replace the portion of the pipeline that crosses beneath the St. Clair River […]

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