The Great Lakes News Collaborative

Independent News brought to you by Bridge Michigan, Circle of Blue, Great Lakes Now and Michigan Radio

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.

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.

“Water is life” is the theme of day 1 of protests to shut down Enbridge Line 5
- by Michigan Radio

A little two lane road and a fence topped with barbwire was all that separated Enbridge Energy’s big Line 5 pumping station and a little park where tribal members from all over the upper Midwest gathered.

Michigan vows to seek Line 5 profits if Enbridge defies shutdown order
- by Bridge Michigan

In a letter Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put Enbridge on notice that if the company keeps operating Line 5 in the Straits beyond Wednesday, the state will pursue legal action to recoup any profits Enbridge amasses from “wrongful use of the State’s property.”

On eve of Line 5 shutdown deadline, Enbridge vows to defy Michigan order
- by Michigan Radio

The Canadian petroleum company technically has until Wednesday night to stop piping oil through the Straits of Mackinac, according to the state of Michigan. But what happens if the company refuses to abide by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order?

Great Lakes Water Diversions Could Be More Numerous
- by Circle of Blue

As the global climate warms and water scarcity mounts, Great Lakes water is more valuable than ever before. 

Plastic debris is getting into the Great Lakes, our drinking water, and our food
- by Michigan Radio

Watershed cleanups are popular ways of dealing with local plastic pollution, but once large plastic trash disintegrates into microplastics, they’re nearly impossible to pick up.

Chemical Impact: Microplastic pollution more complex than we think, says new research
- by Sharon Oosthoek

Microplastics act like a chemical sponge, soaking up contaminants such as persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. Those chemicals, in turn, appear to be causing deformities in larval fish.

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.

A big fight in Lansing over fishing rules on the Great Lakes
- by Bridge Michigan

With Great Lakes whitefish in decline, commercial fishers say they’re fighting for survival against state rules that would put them out of business. But recreational fishing advocates say the commercial trade needs more regulation.

Scientists Concerned About the Bottom of the Food Web in the Great Lakes
- by Michigan Radio

The warming climate could mean changes for the base of the food web in the lakes, but researchers are not yet sure what those changes might be.

Report: Lake Michigan is ‘running a fever.’ More storms, less fish possible.
- by Bridge Michigan

A federal study finds that climate change is warming even the deepest waters of big lakes, which could shorten their winters and have a ripple effect on their health.

In Broad Strokes, Biden Infrastructure Plan Sketches a Future for Federal Water Spending
- by Circle of Blue

The administration’s historic pitch to remove all lead drinking water pipes is part of a $111 billion proposal for water systems.

Is the Line 5 tunnel a bridge to Michigan’s energy future or a bad deal?
- by Bridge Michigan

With climate action on the state and national agenda, critics of Enbridge Line 5 warn that investing in new pipeline infrastructure undermines Michigan’s pathway to carbon neutrality. Experts say it’s not so simple.

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.