Freshwater Weekly: October 20, 2019

Posted on October 20, 2019 by

October 18, 2019

This week:  WI Tribe Says No to Lease and Money for Pipeline + Radio Show Highlights Ohio’s Drinking Water Threats + Ontario Marina Installs Waste System that Removes Micro-Plastics

Wisconsin Tribe Says No to Lease and Money for Pipeline

Awhile ago we shared that the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge Energy to shut down the pipeline that runs through tribal lands. In a publicly released email statement, Enbridge offered $12 million to settle the lawsuit and $2 million annually to keep the pipeline operating.  But tribal chair, Mike Wiggins expressed that Enbridge’s leases were rejected and that the lawsuit aims to protect the Bad River watershed.

Radio Show Highlights Ohio’s Drinking Water Threats

Ohio’s All Sides radio program hosted by Ann Fisher last week focused on the drinking water  in Ohio. Jill Ryan, Freshwater Future’s executive director was  on the program  to discuss toxic algae, fracking, lead and more.

Ontario Marina Installs Waste System to Remove Micro-Plastics

A waste collector that sucks in water to remove micro-plastics, litter and other debris was installed at a marina in Port Credit on Lake Ontario.  The waste collector holds up to 44 pounds (20 kg) of debris.

Michigan Proposes Standards for  Seven of the Forever Chemicals Called PFAS

Michigan’s Governor proposed drinking water standards for seven chemicals in the PFAS family that are used  in waterproofing, stain repellents, and food wrappers. Only a few states have adopted standards–Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.  New York proposed standards that are under review. The earliest Michigan’s proposed rules could go into effect would be April 2020.


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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