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Hydroponics Hype: Local interest drives a growing market but capital and energy costs remain barriers

The Forever Chemicals: MLive Reporters and Great Lakes Now engage Sustainable Brands 2019 audience

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “Michigan has to lead on Great Lakes issues”

Book Club: Detroit RiverWalk could be a sign of more to come for the city

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Individuals wanting to play a part in keeping rivers clean are starting local
- by Natasha Blakely

River fires – like the Cuyahoga’s in 1969 – led to federal legislation and regulations. Volunteers are also making a difference around the Great Lakes region.

Hydroponics Hype: Local interest drives a growing market but capital and energy costs remain barriers
- by Natasha Blakely

Organic hydroponic farming is creating connections between sustainability, technology, water conservation and food.

Bringing Back Milwaukee’s Swamps: Part II
- by Lorraine Boissoneault

The Milwaukee Wetland Monitoring program is a citizen-science effort aimed at documenting some portion of the 400 ephemeral wetlands that still exist in Milwaukee County.

Bringing Back Milwaukee’s Swamps: Part I
- by Lorraine Boissoneault

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Harbor District Inc. are just a few of the groups who are coming together to try and bring back Milwaukee’s natural wetlands.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “Michigan has to lead on Great Lakes issues”
- by Gary Wilson

Great Lakes Now recently interviewed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a meeting of Great Lakes governors and Canadian premiers in Milwaukee.

Book Club: Detroit RiverWalk could be a sign of more to come for the city
- by Sandra Svoboda

In his book “Waterfront Porch,” John Hartig looks at Detroit’s history of innovation, the RiverWalk and what all of this could mean for Detroit’s future.

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Specials from Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now – New Monthly Series
A network of PBS stations to work together to cover crucial issues affecting the well-being and future of the Great Lakes.

 

The Forever Chemicals
Learn more about the PFAS family of chemicals and watch the Great Lakes Now program. Premieres March 28, 2019.

 

Tapping the Great Lakes title pageTapping the Great Lakes
Water withdrawals remain a controversial issue in the Great Lakes. Learn about two of them in this Great Lakes Now program.

 

Beneath the Surface - the Line 5 Pipeline in the Great LakesBeneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes 
Now an ongoing political issue, the history of Enbridge Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits goes back decades. Watch the Great Lakes Now documentary about the oil-and-gas pipeline.

 

The Seven Generation RiverThe Seven Generation River 
Visit a Native American community in the Great Lakes region and see how members protect water, using traditional culture along with technology.

 

The Door Flint Opened: America’s Drinking Water Crisis
When lead leached into the drinking water in this Michigan town, it changed how journalists and authors thought about water issues in their own communities. Hear from them about their work and what impact it had.