Milwaukee’s Kevin Shafer has an ambitious goal for the agency charged with keeping sewage out of Lake Michigan. He wants zero sewage overflows to the lake by 2035, a goal that has national colleagues and a Milwaukee environmental group questioning if he understands the inevitability of overflows.
While Michigan elected officials trade barbs and debate the fate of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, the agency that oversees Canada’s energy industry needs left no doubt where it stands on decommissioning Line 5.
Climate change is impacting temperature increases in the Great Lakes region faster than in neighboring and the contiguous 48 states. That’s the conclusion of a report released last week by a collaboration of scientists and policy specialists in the U.S. and Canada.
For some Great Lakes governors, the emerging issue of a family of chemicals known as PFAS – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — is coming at a time when they are making arguments to raise taxes to fund other statewide needs.
In a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, Pritzker said he “generally supports implementation” of the Corps’ $778 million plan to stop the carp advance at the Brandon Road Lock, a potential choke point some 50 miles from Chicago and Lake Michigan.
Titled “A Budget for a Better America,” the Trump administration’s 2020 budget released on Monday makes another attempt to subject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to draconian funding cuts and proposes to all but eliminate the Obama-era Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.