IN THIS EPISODE:
Indiana’s Burns Harbor is “greening” and hoping to change the shipping industry’s image and impact. A Lake Michigan city has high lead levels in drinking water. And a visit to Ontario’s Walkerton Clean Water Centre with its customized water treatment plans and training program for technicians, all to better protect drinking water in Canadian communities.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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SEGMENT 1 | Burns Harbor and Portage, Indiana
Two recent industrial spills on Indiana’s shores of Lake Michigan have made headlines, but the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is working to change the impact and image of lakefront industry by adopting new green measures.
Burns Harbor sits on Indiana’s 45-mile Lake Michigan shoreline, and it’s surrounded by beachfront communities and Indiana Dunes National Park, an ecological gem and tourism destination.
But the port is also one of the busiest on the Great Lakes, hosting dozens of industrial operations with some 350,000 trucks passing through each year.
Great Lakes Now Contributor Kari Lydersen reported the series “Sustainable Shipping,” and during her research visited Burns Harbor. She also spoke with a local environmentalist who is working to protect the Indiana dunes and shipping industry environmental experts at Green Marine, an international organization that aims to make the maritime industry more environmentally friendly.
Here are Lydersen’s articles:
This work is supported, in part, by the Solutions Journalism Network.
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on ports and the shipping industry:
Stalled Ships: Shipping industry looks to infrastructure investments to boost demand
Benton Harbor Water Crisis
SEGMENT 2 | Benton Harbor, Michigan
Benton Harbor’s water problems aren’t new. Lead levels were high in 2018, and the state handed out filters then.
But now that it’s 2021 and levels remain high, city residents and activists are demanding action.
MLive’s Garret Ellison has been following the story, and Great Lakes Now followed him to Benton Harbor, where residents are urged to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.
This Lake Michigan city isn’t alone. Most municipalities have lead service lines that can lead to lead in drinking water. How to replace them and pay for them are the big questions, Ellison reports.
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on Benton Harbor and lead issues:
Preventing Future Water Crises
SEGMENT 3 | Walkerton, Ontario, Canada
How can financially-strapped communities with aging or inadequate water systems prevent crises like Flint and Benton Harbor? In Ontario, the Walkerton Clean Water Centre was established to help answer that question.
The facility is where water technicians from throughout Ontario learn to monitor, test and improve drinking water supplies.
Bridge Michigan Environmental Reporter Kelly House talked with Centre CEO Carl Kuhnke and Manager of Research and Technology Souleymane Ndiongue.
“If there were more centers like the Walkerton Clean Water Center in Canada and in the United States, I think that would be a start to improvement across both of our countries,” says Kuhnke.
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on drinking water:
Videos from Episode 1031
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Tracking wolves and moose on Isle Royale, and piloting Great Lakes freighters.
Mountain biking Great Lakes trails and the U.S. Supreme Court’s impact on wetlands.
Rock hunting along Great Lakes shorelines and Niagara farmers adapt to water scarcity.
An encore presentation of stories about eFoiling, water infrastructure, and The Catch.
A community fights for a cleaner future, creatively tackling food waste, and The Catch.
Breaking down an old Great Lakes freighter and feeding a giant freighter’s crew.
Climate change impacts maple syrup and a Toronto company’s push toward renewable power.
Citizen scientists chart the night sky, measure the health of a river and The Catch.
Ice climbing in northern Michigan and a controversial wind energy project on Lake Erie.
A high-tech solution for sewage and recovering WWII aircraft from Lake Michigan.
The science of shrinking ice coverage, Great Lakes ice fishing and skating on wild ice.
Seeking a small, venomous catfish, highlighting a Great Lakes docuseries and “The Catch.”
Exploring a debate over Great Lakes land use, eFoiling on Lake Huron, and The Catch.
The Grand Valley State University documentary was screened at the Dennos Theater in Traverse City on Nov. 30.
Invasion of the earthworms! It sounds like a bad Hollywood movie, but science can be stranger than fiction.
The Buffalo River’s 450-square-mile watershed is a source of much plastic pollution, and officials say the vast majority of that pollution consists of single-use containers and packaging.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan on Jones Island, Milwaukee’s newly updated port is emerging as a potential force in the city’s economy.
The Great Lakes Now Series is produced by Rob Green and Sandra Svoboda.