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Freshwater Weekly: January 2nd, 2020

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January 2, 2020

This week:  Youth Water Protector, Autumn Peltier Stands Up for Great Lakes + Lake Huron Site in Running for Nuclear Waste Facility + Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Cleveland for Water Shutoffs + Satellite Image Captures Details of Great Lakes

Youth Water Protector, Autumn Peltier Stands Up for Great Lakes

Sixteen-year-old, Greta Thunberg’s climate strike sparked activism and awareness of the climate crisis around the world. Youth in the Great Lakes region are leading on environmental and water issues too.  Fifteen years old, Autumn Peltier is a member of the Wikewemikong First Nation and a water protector.  Following in her Aunt Josephine Mandamin’s footsteps, she advocates for clean drinking water and waterways for indigenous peoples.  Peltier has spoken to the United Nations in 2018 and 2019 sharing the slow progress to help indigenous communities access clean drinking water.  Thank you, Autumn, for your leadership.

Lake Huron Site in Running for Nuclear Waste Facility

Huron-Kinloss/South Bruce, in Bruce County, Ontario, is being considered to store Canada’s most radioactive waste.  The repository would store spent nuclear fuel 1,650 feet below ground.  Canada has more than 128 million pounds of radioactive waste waiting to be put in a repository.  Many critics including US Senators are concerned that the site’s proximity to Lake Huron, a source of drinking water for millions could be catastrophic.

Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Cleveland for Water Shutoffs

A lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund against the City of Cleveland for discrimination related to water services.  The suit claims that policies result in overbilling, shutoffs with inadequate communication, and liens on properties disproportionately affect black census tracks.

Satellite Image Captures Details of Great Lakes

A NASA satellite on December 22, 2019, captured a stunningly clear image of the Great Lakes.  The image shows green bands in Lake Erie from algal blooms, dark blue of deep waters in the lakes, and snow on the shorelines.

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