Waves of Change

A digital series highlighting the diverse people and perspectives shaping the environmental justice landscape throughout the Great Lakes.

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Trails and Wetlands – Episode 2309
- by Mila Murray

Mountain biking Great Lakes trails and the U.S. Supreme Court’s impact on wetlands.

I Speak for the Fish: Mesmerized by minnows
- by Kathy Johnson

Dazzling metallic flashes radiated around me with each twist and turn of their slender bodies. I was completely immobilized and mesmerized by the splendor.  

Behind the shipwreck discovered in Lake Michigan
- by Lisa John Rogers

A 150-year-old schooner that sank in 1881 was finally discovered in Lake Michigan.

Points North: We Got Jellyfish!
- by Interlochen Public Radio

Freshwater jellyfish have been in inland lakes and rivers throughout the Great Lakes region since 1933. But a century after their discovery, we still don’t know much about the elusive creatures. A team of student scientists is trying to change that.

What do Michigan rattlers chow down?
- by Great Lakes Echo

Massasaugas strongly prefer small mammal prey, yet individuals occasionally consume other prey, including amphibians, reptiles and birds.

State of Michigan sues Gerald R. Ford Airport Authority for PFAS pollution
- by Michigan Radio

The Michigan Attorney General’s office sued the Grand Rapids airport authority on behalf of EGLE over a dispute on responsibility for PFAS contamination.

PFAS News Roundup: Impact of PFAS on farming, proposed cuts to the EPA
- by Kathy Johnson

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in this biweekly headline roundup.

Researchers: Current Great Lakes stewardship is “ill-equipped” to handle future challenges
- by Gary Wilson

University of Michigan report calls for new guiding principles and leaders with skills to work across disciplines.

Government watchdog: EPA slow to raise alarm in Benton Harbor water crisis
- by Bridge Michigan

Government auditors say EPA officials failed to follow a new “elevation policy” that’s meant to generate a stronger response to the most urgent environmental and public health threats.

Grassroots greenspace projects expand Detroit’s open space network
- by Planet Detroit

Activists aim to enrich their neighbors’ quality of life and deepen their connection to nature.

Energy News Roundup: Opposition over solar development in Illinois, Excessive heat in Detroit
- by Kathy Johnson

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Episode 2308 Lesson Plans: Shoreline stones
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Lessons and activities based on the monthly Great Lakes Now program.

Chicago Suburbs, Running Out of Water, Will Tap Lake Michigan
- by Circle of Blue

America’s groundwater is now running dry where water is abundant.