The Black Swamp Conservancy has been attempting to bring back some of Ohio’s wetlands, buying up farmland to convert into nature reserves. GLN News Director Natasha Blakely learned more while on a fellowship with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. Read her reports.
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.
The Seven Generation River, a half-hour documentary from Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau and Vision Maker Media explores the political, social and environmental issues surrounding our most precious natural resource – water.
Although the Lucas County Board of Elections in a 3-0 vote approved the ballot initiative last month, a second protest filed the day after Christmas on behalf of Josh Abernathy is before the Ohio Supreme Court and could, ultimately, prevent the grassroots initiative from appearing on the ballot.
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.”