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 […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

Canadian Freshwater Assessment Highlights Great Lakes Among Most Threatened

Canadian Freshwater Assessment Highlights Great Lakes Among Most Threatened

Guest blog post by Anuja Kapoor Policy-makers face the facts about the at-risk integrity of one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystems. This year marked the first national assessment of Canada’s abundant freshwater ecosystems in decades, encompassing 25 watersheds across Canada (and 167 sub-watersheds). The making of the assessment began […]

Worst Algal Bloom of the Season is Wake Up Call for Urgent Action

Toxic algal blooms on Lake Erie right now are as bad as we’ve seen them all summer. The bloom now covers almost all of the lake’s western basin along the Michigan and Ohio shorelines and extends offshore into the central basin and northeast to the Ontario coast. These conditions serve as a […]

Lake Erie Sustains Local Businesses

Just outside the gates of Rondeau Provincial Park is a pub and restaurant called Rondeau Joe’s. With a variety of beers on tap, a patio and a full marina out back, and a breathtaking view of the sunset over Rondeau Bay, there’s no better place to spend a summer evening […]

For This Retired Teacher, Lake Erie is Home

When JoAnne Chrysler was a teacher, she told her students that Lake Erie was her backyard. And she wasn’t joking. For almost 30 years, the Chatham-Kent, Ont. resident and retired teacher has lived in a cottage turned into an all-year-round home on the shores of Lake Erie. Most days, you […]

A Tidal Wave of Support for Lake Erie

A Tidal Wave of Support for Lake Erie

Monday, August 28 is the first ever #WeAreLakeErie Day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  For the event, Freshwater Future Canada, along with our friends Environmental Defence and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, will create an online wave of support for Lake Erie. People can join in by sharing their personal stories about the lake—like this one—on social […]