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.
Aside from COVID-19 and climate change, one of the biggest barriers to a statewide code for septic systems in Michigan is individual property rights.
A state task force has determined 86 recommendations released Thursday, identifying a host of regulatory, legal and funding fixes for aging dams and to boost dam safety.
Referred to as Minnesota’s PFAS blueprint, the plan will focus on three goals: to prevent PFAS pollution, to manage sources of already occurring PFAS, and to clean up contamination.
With warming temperatures, fluctuating water levels and a series of extreme storms, Lake Superior is undergoing dramatic alterations amid climate change.
Warming waters are hard on some fish, such as walleye, and more favorable to others, such as smallmouth bass. With so many environmental stresses, it’s difficult to gauge the future of individual lakes.
Severe storms can lead to intensive flooding, soil erosion and disruption to fish populations. Timing is everything in nature.
The Biden administration wants to correct a legacy of pollution and under-investment in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Two veterans of the U.S. environmental justice movement discuss how to do that.
Years into Michigan’s PFAS contamination crisis, little is known about how the chemicals affect the fish and wildlife that live in tainted environments. Michigan has become a laboratory for answers.
Michigan and the Great Lakes region — with an abundance of fresh water, warming winters and less fire-prone forests — stand to attract millions of new residents in the coming years looking to escape flooded coastal areas and the parched land of the West.
Funding requests are more than three times larger than available funds.
Once completed, these projects will prevent an estimated 48 million gallons of untreated rain water from flowing into the Rouge River per year.
North Carolina’s top environmental regulator would seek “common ground” if confirmed in the federal role.
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The task force members met on zoom Wednesday for what was expected to be their final meeting to approve their report. They didn’t. Instead, the panel requested revisions to “soften” some of the language in the final report.
Countries ought to plan for end-of-life care, report argues.
Great Lakes ice cover is near record lows and expected to remain low through winter, threatening key ecosystems and the state’s $2.3 billion recreational fishing industry.
Currently, around 2.4% of the Great Lakes are covered by ice, concentrated in the Green Bay region off Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron.