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Detroit and the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Now's coverage of the Motor City.

Great Lakes Now Featured Articles About Detroit

When your home is filled with hazards, what can you do?
- by Tynnetta Harris

Great Lakes Now put together a list of small, accessible actions people can take to improve their housing situations and mitigate some of the impacts of lead, climate change and more.

Great Lakes Moment: The imperiled mussels of the Detroit River
- by John Hartig

Researchers see hope still for the Detroit River’s native freshwater mussels and say remediation efforts could be a big opportunity for the endangered mussels.

See where you can borrow free camping gear in Michigan
- by Bridge Michigan

Dreaming of a campout, but can’t afford a tent? Grand Rapids and Detroit are launching gear libraries to break down economic barriers to the Great Outdoors.

Mapping the Great Lakes: How old are our cities?
- by Alex Hill

Aging housing is prevalent all around the region, but in some cities the old infrastructure lingers more than in others.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s plan needs to move from aspiration to action, says Detroit climate advocate
- by Gary Wilson

A priority shift is needed on federal and state levels to achieve climate goals, Michelle Martinez told Great Lakes Now.

As agencies seek more environmental justice data, longtime residents are skeptical
- by Energy News Network

Environmental regulators hope new data-driven tools will help identify hotspots and drive environmental justice. Some activists, who’ve been fighting polluters for decades, have doubts that more information will make a difference.

COVID hits Buttigieg, others who attended Michigan event
- by The Associated Press

At least 15 people who attended a public affairs conference last week on Michigan’s Mackinac Island have tested positive for COVID-19, including U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“Thank God that smell is gone”: Detroit incinerator to be demolished after decades of complaints
- by Michigan Radio

A Detroit trash incinerator will be demolished after decades of complaints about air pollution and strong odors of rotten eggs and rotting garbage.

Great Lakes Moment: Rewilding Metropolitan Detroit
- by John Hartig

Otters, turkey, walleye and more have all made comebacks in the past few decades, thanks to the rewilding efforts of various organizations.

Detroit City Council wants to make Detroit River a World Heritage Site
- by Michigan Radio

Local activists from Detroit and Windsor are pushing The United Nations Education and Scientific Cultural Organization to recognize the local landmark.

High Cost of Water Hits Home
- by Circle of Blue

Rising rates hurt Michigan’s poorest residents.

Great Lakes Moment: Similarities between the Don and Rouge rivers, and one big difference
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column, John Hartig discusses the lessons that can be learned from the naturalization of Toronto’s Don River.

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