Detroit and the Great Lakes

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Great Lakes Now Featured Articles About Detroit

Investing in the Lakes: New bill could redirect tech money to neglected Great Lakes cities
- by Gary Wilson

The Great Lakes region is “regularly overlooked by federal lawmakers, investors and innovators,” but new legislation may help the region shake its Rust Belt image and secure tech and innovation investments.

Water authority: Pumping stations did not fail during storm
- by The Associated Press

Due to an electrical service issue only three of six pumps at one station were able to be brought online, while a power outage at a second station slowed efforts to turn three of its pumps on as the rain poured.

Great Lakes Moment: Ecosystem restoration needs more environmental justice
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column from writer John Hartig, evidence of environmental injustice can be found nearly everywhere in southwest Detroit. A recent study looked at the impact of noise pollution in particular on the community.

Detroit Flooding Previews Risks from a Warming Climate
- by Circle of Blue

Six inches of rain battered the Detroit metro area last weekend, a deluge that overwhelmed the region’s drainage system. But while the worst of that storm system is likely over, the city is still bracing for more rain later this week. In many cities just like Detroit, urban infrastructure was not built for current and future climate pressures.

Public Resource: Around the Great Lakes, everyday people help make science possible
- by Noah Bock

Across the Great Lakes region, citizen – or community – scientists of all ages are collaborating with researchers and influencing policy, one project at a time.

Michigan’s climate-ready future: wetland parks, less cement, roomy shores
- by Bridge Michigan

What does Michigan’s future look like if we adequately prepare the state’s water resources for climate change? Goodbye to septics and shore-hugging homes. Hello to more diversified crops on Michigan farms.

Winning Work: Great Lakes Now garners awards for collaborations, videography, environmental coverage and more
- by GLN Editor

The Society for Professional Journalists, Detroit chapter, recognized Great Lakes Now broadcast, digital, engagement and collaborative work in its annual contest.

Green Infrastructure: Cities around the Great Lakes plan for a changing future
- by Andrew Blok

Rain gardens, bioretention features, adaptable parks and more are popping up all around the region.

Flooding Tells ‘Two Different Stories’ In Michigan
- by Circle of Blue

Climate disruption is revealing economic inequality.

Water Access: As moratoria on shutoffs end, old problems return to the forefront
- by Kari Lydersen

As moratoria expire across the Great Lakes region, advocates say ongoing affordability and debt relief are key.

Great Lakes Moment: A Great Lakes Way stretching from southern Lake Huron through Western Lake Erie
- by John Hartig

The Great Lakes Way would be an interconnected set of 156 miles of blueways or water trails and 160 miles of greenways stretching from southern Lake Huron through western Lake Erie.

In flooded Michigan neighborhoods, who should pay for sea walls?
- by Bridge Michigan

For two straight summers, residents of Detroit’s Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood watched water pour into basements and pool in streets, a result of coastal flooding that will become increasingly common throughout the Great Lakes as climate change progresses.