Freshwater Future Weekly: July 23, 2021

Freshwater Future Weekly: July 23, 2021

This week: PolyMet Mine in Minnesota Again Facing Permit Issues + In Erie, Pennsylvania Toxic Algae is Causing Warnings for Dogs + Ontario Awards 44 Grants Through Great Lakes Local Action Fund + Maine Becomes the New Leader After Banning PFAS + Action Needed: Comments on National Lead and Copper […]

Nature Canada Offers Wage Subsidy to help Orgs Employ BIPOC Youth

Nature Canada Offers Wage Subsidy to help Orgs Employ BIPOC Youth

Nature Canada – Offering wage subsidy to employ BIPOC youth in nature organizations! At Nature Canada, we are very excited to be able to offer this wage subsidy to employ BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth in nature organizations! We are currently receiving applications for the wage subsidy. Nature […]

Freshwater Future Weekly July 16, 2021

Freshwater Future Weekly July 16, 2021

THIS WEEK:  EPA Employees Accuse Supervisors of Changing Scientific Reports to Downplay Chemical Risks + Action Needed: Comments on National Lead and Copper Rule + Maumee Dumps Unsanitary Sewer Water in the Maumee River + Research Suggests Grazing Relationship Between Zebra Mussels and Toxic Algae EPA Employees Accuse Supervisors of Changing Scientific Reports to […]

Freshwater Future Weekly: July 9, 2021

Freshwater Future Weekly: July 9, 2021

THIS WEEK:  Bringing Water Filter Stations to Benton Harbor Schools + Legislation Would Force Air Force Bases to Swiftly Cleanup Toxic Pollution + U.S. EPA Administrator, Michael Regan Tours the Flint Community Lab + UPDATE: Community Actions Helped–Saginaw Delays Water Shutoffs + Freshwater Future Featured in Water Justice Publication Bringing Water Filter […]

Freshwater Weekly: July 1, 2021

Freshwater Weekly: July 1, 2021

THIS WEEK:  Freshwater Future Awards Water Protection Grants + Federal Infrastructure Funds Targeted for Water Systems in Michigan + 750 Homes Losing Water After Water Shutoff Moratorium Expired + Campaign Targets Boaters to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species Freshwater Future Awards Water Protection Grants This spring, Freshwater Future has awarded five groups […]

Canada Freshwater Alliance – Hiring Summer 2021 Staff!

Canada Freshwater Alliance – Hiring Summer 2021 Staff!

May 7, 2021 – Canada Freshwater Alliance is currently seeking the following summer staff positions in Ontario Education & Engagement Coordinator (Based in Haldimand-Norfolk) Education & Engagement Coordinator (Based in the London area) Education & Engagement Coordinator (Based in the Windsor area) Please visit www.freshwateralliance.ca/jobs for more details.

Canadian Freshwater Alliance Job Opportunity

Canadian Freshwater Alliance Job Opportunity

Director Position The Canadian Freshwater Alliance builds, unites, and activates networks of freshwater champions across Canada in order to secure healthy waters for everyone. We work with organizations and individuals who are freshwater champions to strengthen citizen engagement and participation in theprotection of our lakes and rivers. We drive change […]

Nuclear Waste and the Great Lakes

Nuclear Waste and the Great Lakes

It may be a surprise to learn that spent nuclear fuel rods can be found near the shores of the Great Lakes. Without the existence of a waste depository – a place to safely store spent rods – nuclear waste is stacking up in vulnerable locations. What do we do […]

Keeping Flint at the Forefront of our Consciousness

Keeping Flint at the Forefront of our Consciousness

by Latia Leonard   Nearly three weeks ago, I like millions all over the world, watched as some of the world’s biggest stars paid tribute to Aretha Franklin during her televised funeral service. One dignitary after another gave their fondest memories of Aretha, some of which included their final conversations […]

Stop Invasive Species: 10 Things You Can Do

Stop Invasive Species: 10 Things You Can Do

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest invasive species news and to receive opportunities to take action. Be sure to share this list with your friends and family in need of a nudge, a reminder, or a back-to-basics invasives education. 1. Clean, Drain, and Dry We know, cleaning your […]

Addressing Toxic Chemicals in the Great Lakes

Addressing Toxic Chemicals in the Great Lakes

Written by Nancy Goucher The Great Lakes face various threats, from algal blooms to invasive species, but another challenge also worries many residents and researchers — toxic chemicals. Chemicals come from many sources including agricultural pesticides, plastics, nuclear facilities, pavement sealers, sewage treatment plants and pharmaceuticals that are being flushed […]

News Update: Lake Erie’s Action Plan

News Update: Lake Erie’s Action Plan

Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Ontario released the final Action Plan for Lake Erie—something Freshwater Future Canada has said for years is needed to restore the health of Lake Erie and address toxic algal blooms. Is it exactly what we think is needed? No. But let’s start with the […]

Canada-Ontario Action Plan to Address Lake Erie Algal Blooms Falls Short

Canada-Ontario Action Plan to Address Lake Erie Algal Blooms Falls Short

FRESHWATER FUTURE CANADA, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE For immediate release: February 22, 2018 Canada-Ontario action plan to address Lake Erie algae blooms is a good first step, but overall falls short Toronto, Ont. – Environmental groups are welcoming the federal and Ontario governments’ finalized plan to tackle Lake Erie algae […]

Toronto Investigates Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Toronto Investigates Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

This week, I took advantage of a break in the severe cold by walking down to Toronto’s Lake Ontario shore. I could stare at the beautiful ice formations for hours but I was in for an ugly surprise—bits of plastic scattered across the beach. There were straws, coffee cups, single-use […]

5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Great Lakes

5 Things You Can Do To Protect The Great Lakes

Small actions can make a big difference! At Freshwater Future Canada, we help thousands of communities around the Great Lakes protect their local waters so that, together, we can protect the whole of the Great Lakes. Individual actions are powerful, too! Here are five little things with big impact that you […]

New Report Shows Gaps in Ontario’s Drinking Water Protection

New Report Shows Gaps in Ontario’s Drinking Water Protection

Last month, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change released a report that evaluates how well its programs are doing at protecting drinking water, including the Great Lakes. While most Ontarians enjoy access to safe and reliable drinking water—99.8 percent of municipal drinking water tests are meeting the standards—there […]

NEW REPORT TRACKS BINATIONAL PROGRESS ON GREAT LAKES PROTECTION

NEW REPORT TRACKS BINATIONAL PROGRESS ON GREAT LAKES PROTECTION

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has been helping the Canada and the US prevent and resolve disputes over shared waters like the Great Lakes for over a century. This week, the IJC released a report that evaluates how these governments are doing at cleaning up and protecting the lakes. The […]

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

This fall, Freshwater Future Canada staff have been busy travelling to communities across the Great Lakes to learn about local threats to water quality and what we can do to help. We’ve been inspired by the creative solutions and hard work of community groups who are passionate about water.   […]

A Vision for the Future of Water

A Vision for the Future of Water

For the past month, Freshwater Future staff members have been traveling around the Great Lakes to learn what water means to residents and what we all envision for the future. Living in the Great Lakes region, we are surrounded by lakes, rivers, wetlands, and shorelines. Yet daily there are threats to our waters. […]