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Maumee River

Great Lakes To Receive $1 Billion from Infrastructure Bill For Restoration

An additional $1 billion in federal funding will bolster current efforts to clean polluted water sources and restore ecosystems in the Great Lakes region.

February 24, 2022 - Wyoming News Now

Lake Michigan

Lessons From the Viral Video of Lake Michigan Taking Out a Bike Commuter

Climate change will only increase the frequency of incidents like the one captured by a television news station in Chicago earlier this week.

December 3, 2020 - Bicycling

Chicago Beach

Lake Michigan Continues to Rise, Damaging Property and Infrastructure Along the Way

A tide that began to rise in 2019 hasn't receded, according to local sources along Lake Michigan.

July 20, 2020 - Detroit Free Press

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Opinion: Climate Change Has Brought the 'Era of Extreme' to the Great Lakes

Severe flooding in these coastal areas will become the norm, but how to best address the environmental challenges is not entirely clear.

February 21, 2020 - The New York Times

Chicago, Illinois

Lake Michigan Wreaking Havoc on Chicago This Summer

Lake Michigan has reached historic levels this summer. Properties on the Far North Side are most at risk. Swimmers have already been called back from the shore.

August 3, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

Invasive Species

Price Triples for Keeping Asian Carp Out of Lake Michigan

It's been expensive year for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' efforts to prevent environmental catastrophe in Lake Michigan.

December 1, 2018 - Associated Press via Chicago Tribune

Lake Erie

Lake Erie Town Hopes Waterfront Trail Will 'Put it on the Map'

According to Next City, "Euclid is doing what many Great Lakes cities thought would never be possible."

August 13, 2018 - The Plain Dealer

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U.S EPA Planning the Next Phase of Great Lakes Clean Up

Action Plan III will plot the next four years of work by the Great lakes Restoration Initiative.

July 28, 2018 - Urban Milwaukee

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Foxconn's Water Consumption Causes Concern

The new Wisconsin Foxconn facility will draw as much as seven million gallons of water from Lake Michigan a day. The Midwest Environmental Advocates argue that violates the Great Lakes Compact.

July 2, 2018 - Urban Milwaukee


How One Lake Erie Town Got Free Waterfront Property for Public Use

Clear communication and a fair trade let Euclid, Ohio begin to rethink its lakefront—and its future.

March 26, 2018 - NextCity

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The Third Coast Atlas Redefines the Legacy of the Great Lakes

A new book of maps, photographs, and essays considers the rich historic legacy of land use and transportation on and around the Great Lakes.

December 23, 2017 - CityLab


Offshore Wind Lands on Lake Erie

By 2019, a multi-million dollar project developed by a former "big energy" guy might make Cleveland the new U.S. leader in renewable energy.

November 17, 2017 - Next City

Invasive Species

Invasive Fish Encroaching on the Great Lakes While Army Corps Study Languishes

Business interests are likely to clash as fisherman find evidence of the progress of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes. The Trump Administration delayed a study of the issue earlier this year.

June 23, 2017 - AP via Chicago Tribune


Trump Budget's Devastating Effect on the EPA and Two of America's Greatest Water Resources

President Trump's budget for 2018 has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take the steepest hit—31 percent. Funding for two vital programs, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Chesapeake Bay Program, will have their funds eliminated.

March 20, 2017 - E&E News [Subscription]

Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline

A Great Lakes Oil Spill Waiting to Happen

Operated by Canadian oil giant Enbridge, Line 5 is an underwater pipeline running beneath the Mackinac Straits, which connect Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. A rupture in the aging pipes could mean catastrophe.

July 5, 2016 - Pacific Standard


The Evolving Market for Water in an Era of Droughts and Efficiencies

As some areas of the country seek out new sources of water, other areas are trying to protect what they have.

October 21, 2015 - Brookings: The Avenue

Legislators, Newspapers Line Up to Oppose Great Lakes Water Diversion Proposal

A controversial application by the small Wisconsin town of Waukesha would allow treated wastewater to flow the Root River and then into Lake Michigan. The proposal has provoked a far-reaching outcry of opposition.

September 15, 2015 - The Political Environment

Planning for Climate Change on the Shores of the Great Lakes

Two academic researchers explain the planning and landscape architecture opportunities offered by the "dramatic fluctuations" and "emergent shorelands" of the Great Lakes Coasts.

March 25, 2015 - Places Journal

Great Lakes Leaders Call for Drinking Water Protections

In light of August's drinking water catastrophe in Toledo, Ohio, Great Lakes mayors gathered this week to call for policy action to protect water resources round the Great Lakes.

September 25, 2014 - Chicago Tribune

International Effort Needed to Prevent Recurrence of Lake Erie Algal Bloom

On Monday, August 4, half a million people in the Toledo, Ohio metro region could once again drink from their water taps after a weekend without safe drinking water due to a toxin resulting from an algal bloom in the city's water supply, Lake Erie.

August 7, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

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