American Rivers and Great Lakes Environmental Law Center Release Report Surveying How Great Lakes States Are Addressing Key Drinking Water Issues

The report, titled Protecting Drinking Water in the Great Lakes: A Primer on Existing State Policies and Using the Safe Drinking Water Act, was published by American Rivers. It was developed in partnership by American Rivers and the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.

The report surveys how the 8 Great Lakes states are using state laws, regulations, and policies to address 10 key drinking issues impacting the region. The drinking water issues addressed are:

  1. Maximum Contaminant Levels, Treatment Techniques, and Monitoring Standards

  2. Lead as a Drinking Water Contaminant

  3. Consumer Confidence Reporting

  4. Loans and Grants

  5. Public Participation in Standards, Permits, and Enforcement

  6. Operator Certification

  7. Management of Drinking Water Emergencies

  8. Management of Algal Blooms and Their Consequences

  9. Private Water Supplies: Well Construction and Protection from Pollution

  10. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) and Drinking Water

The report will be a valuable tool for community activists, environmental organizations, and policymakers working on drinking water issues throughout the Great Lakes region. It will enable these stakeholders to quickly reference how each state is addressing important drinking water issues, and to brainstorm effective solutions for their own state.

The full report is available here.