This week: Five Counties Adopt Resolution to Support Tunnel under Straits + Ohio Chamber Rewriting Ohio Law to Revoke Lake Erie Bill of Rights + Freshwater Future’s Testing Program Identifies Forever Chemical – PFAS – in Drinking Water Near Seneca Lake, New York + Canada and Ontario Teaming up for the Health of the Great Lakes
Five Counties Adopt Resolution to Support Tunnel under Straits: Yet an Independent Report Concludes Line 5 is Not Needed for Propane Supply
“The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is rewriting Ohio law, handing it off to supposed ‘representatives of the people,’ in order to try to ban a people’s movement. But Rights of Nature is a movement whose time has come. The genie is out of the bottle, and not the state, not the courts, and certainly not the Ohio Chamber of Commerce can stop it. All that is uncertain, is which side of history those in power will be on,” said Toledo organizer Bryan Twitchell.
Freshwater Future’s Testing Program Identifies Forever Chemical – PFAS – in Drinking Water Near Seneca Lake, New York
Recently news broke that PFAS, a man-made chemical found in Teflon and other water repellent materials, was found in the drinking water of residents around the Finger Lakes. Seneca Lake Guardian, a community organization, collected drinking water samples near the Seneca Army Depot to be analyzed as part of Freshwater Future’s PFAS testing program. PFAS can cause a number of health impacts from developmental effects in fetuses and children, to cancer.
Seneca Lake Guardian is asking the state to:
Publicly share all test results for both public and private water supplies where testing has taken place in New York so far;
Confirm that individual well-owners have been notified and advised about the contamination, risks, and how to protect themselves;
Immediately promulgate state-level drinking water standards of no more than 2 parts per a trillion for PFOA and PFOS, combined; and
Immediately identify the source of contamination and a cleanup plan for areas contaminated by PFAS.
Please call Governor Cuomo’s office today at (518) 474-8390.
Everyone has a right to access, clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. For more information about PFAS, check out our website.
Canada and Ontario Teaming up for the Health of the Great Lakes
The governments of Canada and Ontario recently released the Canada – Ontario Agreement for public comments, which closed yesterday.
Canada and Ontario have a long history of working together to improve conditions in the Great Lakes. Since 1971, federal and provincial agencies have cooperated under a series of Canada-Ontario Agreements (COA).
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