Freshwater Future works to ensure the healthy future of waters in the Great Lakes region by being a catalyst for community action that strengthens policies designed to address communities’ access to clean, safe, and affordable water.
With support from the Pisces Foundation, Freshwater Future bridges the gap between frontline community needs and policy solutions such as affordable water rates, emergency assistance programs, water shut-off preventions, and full lead service line replacements.
Freshwater Future provides funding and technical assistance to mobilize community groups into Community Water Councils to impact regional policies that can be replicated nationally.
The Flint Community Lab, a project of the Flint Development Center and Freshwater Future, has gained national recognition as an innovative solution to address water issues at the community level. In this video, Flint youth talk about what the Lab means for their community. A virtual tour of the Flint Community Lab is available here.
Indigenous Environmental Network
The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) works to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, respecting, and adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.
With support from the Pisces Foundation, IEN builds power among Native communities to engage in climate justice and water equity movement-building efforts. To build power and achieve their goals, IEN amplifies Native voices through communications support, organizes advocacy campaigns to initiate direct action, builds coalitions to impact policy at all levels, and provides financial support and technical assistance for rapid response efforts – including COVID relief and recovery.
IEN has been a key supporter of the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline – one of the most high-profile Indigenous water and climate justice issues of our time. In this video, IEN joins the 93-mile relay run led by member group Standing Rock Youth Council.