Freshwater Weekly: September 13th, 2019

Posted on September 13, 2019 by

September 13, 2019

This week:  Bill Introduced to Extend Prosecutions Connected to Flint Water Crisis + Toxicologist’s Tips for Parents Regarding PFAS in Drinking Water + Restoration Investments Generate Economic Benefits

Bill Introduced to Extend Prosecutions Connected to Flint Water Crisis

A bill was recently introduced in the Michigan House and Senate that would extend the statute of limitations for public misconduct of public officers within 10 years.  The current limitation is six years which for the Flint Water Crisis is fast approaching.  In June, Michigan’s Attorney General dropped eight outstanding charges, with the caveat to reopen the investigation.  The proposed legislation provides the time needed for the Attorney General’s office to review documents on the case that were just turned over this summer.

The Flint Water Crisis is featured this week in the PBS television news program, Frontline. 

Toxicologist’s Tips for Parents Regarding PFAS in Drinking Water

Youth are more vulnerable to water contamination since their lower body weight exposes them to higher concentrations (even if they drink the same amount of water as adults).  Because kids bodies are still developing, they don’t have the ability to break down certain chemicals–putting their growth and development at risk. James DeWitt, a professor at East Carolina University, recommends people first learn where their drinking water comes from and if it has PFAS in it.  

A report published this week by the National Wildlife Federation, The Science and Policy of PFAS in the Great Lakes Region, contains background on PFAS and recommended actions for State legislators to address the threats posed to our waters and public health from these chemicals.  

Restoration Investments Generate Economic Benefits

Cleaning up toxic pollution and improving the health of our waters is a wise investment according to a recent collaborative Canadian-US report titled Great Lakes Revival.  The report features success stories of cleanups of toxic hot spots in Cleveland, Toronto, Buffalo, Hamilton, and more.  The US-funded Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has contributed hundreds of millions in restoration that is having a direct economic benefit for cities and communities.  Freshwater Canada has been leading an effort for establishing a similar federally-funded program in Canada to support restoration.

Video Captures a Water Spout on Lake Huron

This impressive video by a Michigan resident captures a water spout (tornado over water) on Lake Huron earlier this week.

Donate to Freshwater Future’s Walk, Paddle and Roll fundraiser

Friends of Freshwater Future are walking, paddling, biking, and swimming around the Great Lakes region this summer with a goal to raise $7,500 to support the people working tirelessly to protect and restore our waters from source to tap.

With YOUR support, Freshwater Future is making sure that community groups across the Great Lakes have the tools and resources they need to make sure their water is safe for drinking and recreation. With your gift, we will:

  • Test water in homes and schools for lead contamination

  • Educate and engage youth around clean drinking water, building tomorrow’s leaders for environmental justice

  • Identify waters contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals and educate people about this dangerous pollutant

  • Push for policy solutions that reduce pollution contributing to harmful algal blooms

  • And much more!
Freshwater Future
P.O. Box 2479  | Petoskey, Michigan 49770
(231) 348-8200 |

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