ACTION ALERT – Speak Up For Lake Erie

Tell Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to Act Now for a Clean Lake Erie

A Call-Out from the Alliance for the Great Lakes

Posted August 1st, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

“You’re telling people, don’t drink the water. Don’t even touch it,” said John C. Jones, community liaison for a Toledo health system, as he recalled the 2014 water crisis. “Just picture that – you can’t touch what’s coming out of your tap.”

Tomorrow (August 2nd) marks five years since toxins from a harmful algal bloom contaminated the drinking water system in Toledo, Ohio. More than half a million people were ordered not to drink, or even touch their water. The order lasted for days.

No one living in a Great Lakes city should have to anxiously wonder if their tap water is safe to drink. You can help by speaking out today – sign the petition calling for real accountability for a clean Lake Erie.

Right now, another harmful algal bloom is forming on the surface of Lake Erie. These blooms are caused by runoff pollution from agricultural lands. Unfortunately, not enough action has been taken to address the root of the problem. We need to move quickly to stop pollution and reduce harmful algal blooms.

Harmful algal blooms threaten public health, wildlife, and the fishing, tourism, and recreation industries that are central to our region’s economyWe went to Toledo to hear directly from people on the front lines – read about their stories.

The good news is that we know the problem and have identified solutions. It’s going to take swift action by government, real accountability, and changes to agricultural practices that can benefit both farmers and the lakes.

A shot of green algal bloom spreading in Lake Erie from space

 Add your name: Tell Ohio Governor DeWine, Michigan Governor Whitmer, and Ontario Premier Ford to act now for a clean Lake Erie.[https://greatlakes.p2a.co/gRZ3GDK?p2asource=toledo5_lake_erie_email_080119&

To Add Your Name, click on  – [https://greatlakes.p2a.co/gRZ3GDK?p2asource=toledo5_lake_erie_email_080119]

About the Alliance for the Great Lakes – The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.

Our staff are headquartered in Chicago, with field offices in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Muskegon (Mich.), and Milwaukee. Our Board of Directors represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.

For more information on the Alliance for the Great Lakes, click on its website at – https://greatlakes.org/ .

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

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“A politician thinks of the next election. a leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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