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Great Lakes Moment

Check out this monthly column by Great Lakes Now contributor John Hartig

River otters return to the Detroit River
- by John Hartig

This special column from John Hartig celebrates that after roughly a century, there’s finally photographic evidence that otters have returned to the Detroit River.

Great Lakes Moment: Historic Great Lakes agreement reaches golden anniversary
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column, John Hartig talks about the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, signed 50 years ago in April, its binational legacy and whether the time passed has led to complacency.

Great Lakes Moment: Detroit River, a magnet for bald eagle photography
- by John Hartig

Mud Island, in the Detroit River and visible from the Detroit shore, has become a hub for wildlife photography.

Great Lakes Moment: Overwintering ducks on the Detroit River create a sense of wonder
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column, John Hartig thinks fondly upon the flocks of canvasbacks duck that spend their winters in the Great Lakes region and provide quite the sight to see on the Detroit River.

Great Lakes Moment: Kirtland’s warblers are thriving in Michigan
- by John Hartig

The Kirtland’s warbler went from less than 200 males in the ‘70s to more than 2,200 in 2021. In this month’s column, John Hartig looks at their recovery.

Great Lakes Moment: Small habitat patches can have big ecological impact
- by John Hartig

Researchers found that preserving small, isolated patches of land is just as critical to biodiversity and saving species as preserving large swathes of it. Key examples reside in Detroit and Chicago.

Great Lakes Moment: Endangered catfish indicates improving health of the Detroit and St. Clair rivers
- by John Hartig

A small catfish that is endangered in both Michigan and Ontario is making a comeback thanks to improved water quality and artificial reef construction in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers.  

Great Lakes Moment: Lessons from the Ashtabula River cleanup
- by John Hartig

When the Ashtabula River and Harbor was identified as a Great Lakes pollution hotspot in 1985, few people thought the day would ever come when it was cleaned up and no longer a detriment to the community and Lake Erie. Thirty-six years later, it has been removed from the Areas of Concern list.

Great Lakes Moment: International wetlands treaty turns 50
- by John Hartig

Most regions throughout the world would be happy to have one wetland of international importance, but the region that includes southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario is notable for having three.

Great Lakes Moment: Sugar Island is getting an ecological makeover
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column, John Hartig explores the history of Sugar Island and what’s coming next for it, which involves a massive habitat restoration project.

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.

Great Lakes Moment: The US-Canada ecosystem-focused approach to restoration
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column, John Hartig talks about a study he authored on the effectiveness of a more holistic approach to Great Lakes restoration projects.