Freshwater Weekly: September 11, 2020
THIS WEEK: Fish Elevator Improves Lake Sturgeons Spawning Success Rate + Water Quality: A Focal Point For The Great Lake States + Milwaukee Is Far From Their Goal Of 1,100 Replaced Lead Lines By Year’s End + Fall Project Grants Due September 30!
Fish Elevator Good News for Lake Sturgeon
The once abundant population of lake sturgeon has dwindled to the hundreds over the last century due to overharvesting and pollution. Moreover, dams have been blocking the fish from their historical spawning site upstream of the Menominee River that has recently had a fish elevator installed to allow the fish to bypass the dams and reach their spawning sites. Fish elevators aren’t effective everywhere, but lake sturgeon are bypassing the Park Hill dam and the Menominee dam by using the fish elevator with overwhelming success.
Water Quality: A Focal Point For The Great Lake States
The 2020 presidential election is quickly approaching, and governors and environmental groups are pushing water quality issues to the forefront to address concerns of old water infrastructure that needs help from federal funding for replacement. Neither presidential candidate takes a firm stance on this critical issue. Advocates like Monica Lewis-Patrick of We The People of Detroit are addressing the elephant in the room to get answers on the candidates commitment to Great Lakes regional water protection.
Milwaukee Is Far From Their Goal Of 1,100 Replaced Lead Lines By Year’s End
Tasked with having to replace 1,100 lead lines per year, only 330 lead lines have been replaced this year, leaving the city behind significantly on their goal. At this lagging pace, the city is projected to have all 70,000 lines replaced in 70 years, which advocates declare is far too long for community members to be exposed to the risk of lead poisoning.
Fall Project Grants Due September 30!
For 25 years, Freshwater Future has provided grants to community and grassroots groups supporting advocacy efforts to protect or improve drinking water, rivers, lakes, wetlands, shorelines, and groundwater in the Great Lakes region. Check-out Freshwater Future’s 2020 grant opportunities guidelines to see if your organization is eligible. For examples of past successful projects check out our grant map.