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In our emails, sent once or twice a week, you'll receive:
• alerts on new threats to Illinois's environment
• opportunities to join other Illinoisans on urgent actions
• updates on the decisions that impact our environment
• resources to help you create a cleaner, greener future
In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we gathered 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down under what the Chicago Tribune called "firestorm" of criticism. Environment Illinois has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.
Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many Illinoisans. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.
Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents of Toledo discovered — we won’t be able to take it for granted anymore.