Freshwater Future Weekly: September 16, 2022
This Week: Freshwater Future Fall Project Grants Deadline Approaching Fast; Polio Found in Wastewater in New York; Need New Technology? Share Your Opinion and be Entered to Win Gift Cards; Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Public Forum (September 27-29, Niagara Falls, Ontario)
Freshwater Future Fall Project Grants Deadline Approaching Fast!
Looking for funds to support your advocacy efforts to protect or improve drinking water and freshwater in the Great Lakes Region? Freshwater Future’s Fall Project Grants deadline of September 30th is fast approaching. Currently, we have more dollars available to support this program, making it a great time to apply for funds to support your organization’s or community’s advocacy efforts to protect or improve drinking water, rivers, lakes, wetlands, shorelines, and groundwater in the Great Lakes region. To view a recording of our Grants Q&A Webinar we hosted on August 24th, click here. Visit our grants portal to find out how to apply! Any questions regarding applications can be directed to [email protected], or [email protected]. To call, 231-348-8200.
Polio Found In Wastewater in New York
Wastewater treatment may not be glamorous, but it plays an important role in tracking public health threats. Last week, A state of emergency was declared in New York, where poliovirus was detected in the wastewater and sewage of various counties in New York. Poliovirus hasn’t been seen in the U.S. in nearly a decade, until now. It is highly contagious, so state officials are advising people to check their vaccination status, as well as urging unvaccinated individuals to get the vaccine.
Need New Technology? Share Your Opinion and be Entered to Win Gift Cards
Want to be a part of the change in Freshwater Future initiatives? Freshwater Future is working on a new Strategic Plan to guide our work for the coming 3 years. These plans ensure we align our short and long-term goals strategically based on the needs of our members and partners. It takes only five minutes to provide your feedback to the process by answering some quick questions here. Complete our survey to help us with planning and you will be entered into a drawing for $250 and $100 Visa gift cards.
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Public Forum (September 27-29, Niagara Falls, Ontario)
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that guides the development of policies/actions and sets science priorities for the Great Lakes. Every three years a Public Forum provides the public, organizations and agencies the opportunity to discuss the state of the lakes and progress made under the Agreement, as well as providing input to the International Joint Commission to guide the next three years of implementation. This year, the Great Lakes EcoRegion Network (a subnetwork of Great Lakes Network, facilitated by Freshwater Future, GLEN) is hosting a citizens’ room at the Public Forum with a display, video footage of citizen input, public feedback opportunities, panel discussion, a welcome ceremony on Monday September 26, and a screening of the film “The Erie Situation”.