In a private interview with Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Now, outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he is proud of his Great Lakes accomplishments during his eight-year tenure as governor.
An effort by residents of a Midwest city to bestow Lake Erie, its tributaries and all its watersheds some of the same rights as American citizens has faltered for a third time. If approved, organizers say it would be the first use of Rights of Nature to protect a specific ecosystem…
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s effort to protect the future of Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms was dealt a serious blow when the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission declined to move forward in designating eight watersheds in northwest Ohio as “distressed.”
All across the Great Lakes Region, from large cities to small rural towns, new problems are emerging involving water contamination. Many of the issues involve drinking water. And yet some officials don’t know much about how water systems work. Michigan State University is offering up a solution called “Michigan Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials.”
In a bipartisan move, the U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that authorizes funding for the U.S. Coast Guard and, following years of debate, changes ballast water regulation by setting a national standard for discharges.