The Buffalo River was viewed as a working river that supported industry and commerce, and water pollution then was viewed as just part of the cost of doing business. At that time, people cared most about jobs and providing for their families, with little concern for the environment and its pollution.
There is, perhaps, no more poignant example of this societal indifference to water pollution than when the Buffalo River caught on fire 50 years ago
You know those “Pure Michigan” ads? With the soft guitar strumming overlaid by actor Tim Allen’s blue-collar voice? Some Michigan residents make fun of them and say they’re cheesy. But it turns out they might be doing their job of drawing more people to enjoy Michigan as well as other Great Lakes States.
In the ongoing aquatic battle between predator and prey species in Lake Superior, the latter were winning the war for years.Now — and for reasons scientists can’t pin down — prey fish species are losing that war.
In the past decade, steelhead fishing on Lake Erie has been heating up and for good reason: wildlife officials in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York have worked non-stop, and cooperatively, to ensure healthy populations of this super-prized and super-beautiful fish.
Today — just in time for the all the holiday cooking and eating that’s about to get underway — we begin a monthly series on Great Lakes Now called “The Foods of the Great Lakes.” We will feature one story each month about the people and companies that celebrate the bounty of the Great Lakes.
Common wisdom would tell you zebra mussels couldn’t live in Lake Superior because it’s an unproductive lake with frigid temperatures. But common wisdom might be wrong this time. When researchers started finding the mollusk nuisance not just surviving but spreading in the lake, they exhaled a collective groan.
The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge has protected Humbug Marsh in Trenton and Gibraltar, Mich. and designed and developed the adjacent Refuge Gateway as a riverfront gathering place for people and wildlife as part of an effort to promote conservation in the region, revitalize the area, and accelerate the sustainability transition.
Samaritans of the inland seas, Ryan Busche, Jared VanOordt, Karol Rajski and Drew Etling on May 21 starting in Marquette, Michigan, these vigilante Vikings began a three-month paddle along the 2,726 miles of Lake Superior’s coastline, armed with a message of conservation and a mission of cleanup.