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Simple actions you can take to protect our waters, from source to tap:

6/05/20: Stop the Assault on Clean, Safe and Affordable Water

During a global pandemic where access to clean water is vital and a time when communities are rising up against inequities faced by African-Americans and communities of color in this country, the Trump Administration once again delivers a massive blow to families and our communities across this nation.

Click here to take ACTION NOW!

3/18/20: Ask Gov Whitmer and Robert Gordon to turn water back on for all Michigan residents

Thousands of Michigan residents do not have access to clean water. Let the MI Governor know that you want all public water systems in Michigan to immediately begin supplying water to any and all households that have previously had their water service terminated for any reason. Take Action and Click here to send them an email now to make sure all residents have access to water during the COVID-19 crisis.

3/22/19: Our Water Is at Risk, Proposed Rules Changes Threaten Wetlands, Streams, and Drinking Water

Please stand with us in the fight to protect the world’s most precious resource, water. To make comments visit regulations.gov  – Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149  to compose your personalized comments.

Here are some things to consider when making comments to the EPA.

Public Health

Clean, safe drinking water is a fundamental concern when addressing public health. Share your story of any health related impacts you have or may be concerned about related to water quality.


The EPA cuts to clean water protections increase the potential of greater exposure to water pollution from nearby industry sources and special interests. This exposure is likely to contaminate key sources of drinking water in rural communities such as surface, groundwater and private wells. Share any concerns you may have related to nearby industrial, commercial, or public use exposure.  


In the Great Lakes region alone, billions of dollars are generated annually in both recreational and economic development. Millions of people visit beaches, swim, and explore various types of water activities. Share with the EPA any potential concerns you may have about how water quality might affect these activities in your life. That includes closure of a nearby favorite beach, being prohibited from sailing, swimming or any favorite water activities.


The treatment of wastewater and safe delivery of drinking water is a critical function of the Clean Water Rule. In many older communities across the country, old, crumbling water pipes, many of which are lead based, are still used to deliver drinking water to residential homes and other sites such as schools, day cares, and government buildings. Share your thoughts with the EPA on why advanced technology, research, and increased investment in water infrastructure is key in combating lead exposure for Americans across the nation.          

Join the Movement to Save Lake Erie

Stay up-to-date on the latest action alerts and events, and stay in the loop on the work our organization is doing every day with the support of people like you. 

Lake Erie algae is at a crisis point. Each year, hundreds of beach closures, drinking water warnings, and fish consumption advisories afflict communities across the Lake Erie shoreline. We know what solutions will work, and we already have laws on the books to implement them. Let’s fix this.

Sign-up for Lake Erie news, follow us on social media, and learn how to take action to make change in your community.

1/23/19: A Win for Bill 66!

Ontario will not proceed with Schedule 10 of Bill 66!

On Wednesday January 23, 2019  Municipal Affairs Minister, Steve Clark, announced that Ontario will NOT proceed with Schedule 10 of Bill 66.

As you many of you already know, the controversial Bill 66 would have allowed municipalities to override laws that protect the water and health of the Green Belt – including the Ontario Clean Water Act. But thanks to public pressure, and all of you who spoke out, the Ontario government has decided to take out the harmful provision.  In the words of Green Party leader Mike Schreiner “The people were clear [they] want to protect the Greenbelt and clean water!”

Thank you to everyone who took our action and sent a letter to decision-makers. This would not have happened without you! If you’d like to get notifications to take actions like this one in the future sign up for emails here!

1/20/19: Senators to confirm Andrew Wheeler as head of the EPA in February

Tell your senators to oppose Andrew Wheeler!

Andrew Wheeler, current acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been nominated by President Trump to be permanent head of the EPA. As a former coal lobbyist, we do not believe Wheeler will protect or waters, health, or the environment. Since July, he has proposed relaxed versions of the Waters of the United States Rules and mercury controls – threatening streams, wetlands, and our drinking water.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming said he expected the Environment and Public Works committee to vote on Mr. Wheeler’s confirmation in February before bringing it to the vote to the Senate floor.

Email your senators and let them know you do not approve of Andrew Wheeler as head of the EPA.

1/01/19: Help Us Help Flint

Will you help build water safety and trust in Flint, MI?

Freshwater Future is teaming up with the Flint Development Center to create a community owned and operated water testing lab – and we need your help!

This lab will provide Flint with:
–A trusted source of water testing services for Flint’s 30,000 homes
–Access to sound information about the safety of their water
–A way for Flint youth to lead the way out of the Flint Water Crisis

Click here to learn more about how you can help!

5 Things You Can Do Anytime to Protect the Great Lakes

Our Favorite Tips for Keeping the Lakes Healthy and Clean
Small actions can make a big difference! At Freshwater Future, we help thousands of communities around the Great Lakes protect their local waters so that, together, we can protect the whole of the Great Lakes. Individual actions are powerful, too! Here are five little things with big impact that you can do to help keep our lakes healthy and clean.


10 Ways You Can Prevent Invasive Species

Be sure to share this list with your friends and family in need of a nudge, a reminder, or a back-to-basics invasives education.


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