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.
Dates come and go, and so do groundhogs and weather reports. However, the true indicator of spring is when thousands of men, women and children suddenly appear, waist-deep in the chilly, often muddy waters of the Sandusky and Maumee rivers.
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.
While most farmers aren’t happy about the newly-minted ordinance, they’re not overly concerned about it, either. Many of them at the Oak Harbor event were confident in their efforts to keep their operations as environmentally-friendly as possible.
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.
The osprey team is part of an effort to monitor, track and protect this massive bird of prey. The woman in the middle of the circle holding onto the osprey for dear life was Barb Jensen – the “Osprey Lady of Michigan.”
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.
The cruise ship industry has been steadily growing in the Great Lakes region over the past decade and a half. From just a couple of ships making sporadic trips in 2002, there are now five separate cruise lines operating seven ships, with even more fleet expansions expected in 2020.