The Great Lakes News Collaborative
The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water. This independent journalism is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
In Michigan, the state estimates there are more than 330 thousand failing septic tank systems. They could be contaminating lakes, rivers, and groundwater.
The Great Lakes’ annual winter freeze is “off to a slow start,” with ice coverage “well below average for this time of year.”
The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club is acknowledging the environmental journalism efforts of the Great Lakes News Collaborative, of which Great Lakes Now is a member, in their annual award ceremony.
Three environmental groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to protect a small snake found in parts of Michigan.
Starting this week, tens of thousands of people in Flint can begin filing damage claims as part of a $626 million settlement of civil lawsuits in the Flint water crisis.
Road salt is threatening the Great Lakes’ famous fresh waters and creating even bigger problems for the inland rivers, lakes and aquifers – not to mention your car’s undercarriage.
An environmental group says a Michigan plan to reduce nutrient pollution of Lake Erie is “lackluster” and “won’t work.”
It’s been two months since state health officials warned the 9,000 people living in Benton Harbor not to drink their water.
The quandary in Benton Harbor is an extreme example of a widespread problem in many Michigan cities, where shrinking populations and wealth have left many local governments unable to collect enough ratepayer revenue to cover long-term water system costs.
The poll by the Great Lakes Water Quality Board asked 4,500 people to rate the current status of the environmental health of their favorite Great Lake.
“It tends to look like a cotton wooly substance. And despite the term ‘rock snot,’ it’s not slimy; it’s actually quite coarse,” said Joanne Foreman, Invasive Species Communications Coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
A growing number of Michigan households are burdened by high water bills, report finds.
Part of a seawall along the Detroit River collapsed on Friday, believed to be caused by a pile of aggregate material stored too close to the shoreline at the Revere Dock.
Anyone following recent national and international news about the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline could be forgiven for believing the pipeline might shutter any day now, with major implications for winter fuel prices.
The lakes’ temperatures have been higher than the long-term average since the summer and some even longer. Lake Superior for instance has been warmer than average for most of the year.
Over the years, several contaminated areas have been found on the site. Federal and state environmental officials discovered thousands of gallons of PCB oil and many other pollutants stored on the grounds.
The seven-member “Corrosion Control Advisory Panel” is part of a broader effort by the state to address aging lead service lines.