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Freshwater Weekly: November 11, 2019

Posted on November 11, 2019 by

November 7, 2019

This week:  Martin Luther King III Visits Flint and Detroit to Address Water Justice +Pipeline Company Lacks Insurance to Cover Great Lakes Oil Spill+ Ohio Women Leaders Discuss Water + High Lead Levels Found in Canada’s Drinking Wate + Share your thoughts about the health of the Great Lakes with the International Joint Commission

Martin Luther King III Visits Flint and Detroit to Address Water Justice

Reverend Martin Luther King III pictured in the center of Flint and Detroit Community leaders. 

Freshwater Future’s Alicia Smith and Rev. Martin Luther King III sat at the table with community members of Flint, Detroit, and Benton Harbor discussing various crises that persist with the perspective cities’ drinking water. Reverend King after hearing the stories of devastation and inequitable water systems described what was happening to the community as criminal.  He and community leaders spent the day having meaningful conversations and strategically planning the next steps in water advocacy. Rev. King III, like his father the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has dedicated his life to fighting for social justice causes and has now determined that it is time to help communities find their voice in environmental justice issues as well. He concluded his time in Flint with a quote from Horace Mann – “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

Pipeline Company Lacks Insurance to Cover Great Lakes Oil Spill

Enbridge Energy, a Canadian company that operates oil and gas pipelines that cross the Straits of Mackinac (the waterway that connects Lakes Michigan and Huron), does not have adequate insurance if the pipelines spilled oil according to a report released by Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel.  Enbridge’s track record of spills, accidents, and explosions are extensive including the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan from an Enbridge pipeline harmed more than 38 miles of river and cost more than $1.5 billion to clean-up.

Last week, the construction of a controversial tunnel to contain the pipelines received approval from a Judge that the construction is constitutional and can continue. Nessel vowed to appeal this decision.

Ohio Women Leaders Discuss Water

Freshwater Future and the Alliance for the Great Lakes convened women leaders from Ohio on October 25th to discuss the importance of water as a public health issue and need to elevate access to safe and affordable water for wellness.

High Lead Levels Found in Canada’s Drinking Water

An investigation led by more than 120 Canadian journalists revealed high levels of lead in 11 cities.  The year-long study collected results for 12,000 water tests conducted by cities and found that one-third exceeded the national safety guideline of 5 parts per billion. No amount of lead in water is safe for drinking. There is no federal drinking water standard for lead in Canada.  Standards and testing requirements are set by provinces.

Share your thoughts about the health of the Great Lakes with the International Joint Commission

The International Joint Commission wants to hear your thoughts about the health of the Great Lakes.

Every three years the governments of Canada and the United States provide a report on progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes.  You can share your thoughts about the health of the Great Lakes with the International Joint Commission (a bi-national governing body established in 1909 that approves projects that affect water levels and flows across the boundary and investigating trans-boundary issues and recommending solutions).  Questionnaires must be completed by November 30, 2019

PFAS Test Kits – GIFT a KIT!
Freshwater Future believes everyone has a right to know what is in their drinking water, regardless of what’s in their wallets. We have partnered with the University of Michigan Biological Station and other donors to offer PFAS testing for homes on private wells at reduced rates. You can help make our kits even more accessible by selecting Gift a Kit at check out. We’ll use your donation to send a kit to someone else as part of our “Pay What You Can Program”. Get (or gift) your test kits today!

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West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, & Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.