Water Quality

An staff member with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division nets musky on Lake St. Clair in a 2009 photo. As the DNR conducts fish surveys, some of the catch are shared with the Department of Environmental Quality for analysis of the levels of mercury and other toxins in the fish's tissues.(Credit: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Scientists puzzled by mercury’s jump in Great Lakes fish

DETROIT, MI — “It’s not supposed to be like this. Though advisories about toxic mercury in fish have continued in Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes, with recommendations to limit consumption of certain species to a few times per month, the amount of mercury found in fish tissues has dropped […]

Cautionary tale: editorial
Environmental Justice / Water Quality

Cautionary tale: editorial

TOLEDO — “The ongoing Flint, Mich., water crisis should serve as both an indictment and a warning: Lose a stable and reliable water supply and you lose a city, maybe a region. It has been nearly three years since Flint, under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, switched from […]

Great Lakes watershed (Public Domain)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America

WASHINGTON, DC — “Although the requested cuts are not likely to pass, the proposal would return the responsibility of both these efforts back to state-level and local entities. However, without a federal agency tasked with holding states accountable, many goals may not be met. In the Chesapeake Bay, states have proved […]

Phragmites are being replaced gradually by native plants at the 691-acre Mentor Marsh on Thursday, June 29, 2016. Federal dollars made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Sustain Our Great Lakes Initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are helping restore the marsh to its natural state. (Credit: Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Great Lakes Restoration slated to drop from $300 million to $10 million: Cleveland Congress members promise to fight cuts

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress members from the Cleveland area pledged Friday to fight any effort by President Donald Trump to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for Great Lakes cleanup. A leaked draft of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget proposal indicates the Trump administration intends to suggest cutting […]

Lake Erie (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Trump budget virtually kills Great Lakes initiative

TOLEDO — “To the dismay of many Toledo-area officials and environmental groups, the Trump Administration is trying to kill all but 3 percent of funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program has been used for everything from helping Toledo avoid another algae-induced water crisis […]

Environmental Working Group, from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Geographic Information Systems Analysis of the Surface Drinking Water Provided by Intermittent, Ephemeral and Headwater Streams in the U.S.
Water Quality

Interactive map shows if your drinking water is at risk from Trump’s executive order

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Trump administration is threatening to remove safeguards that protect the drinking water of more than one-third of Americans. Some 117 million people get at least some of their drinking water from small streams. For 72 million people in 1,033 counties, more than half of their drinking […]

stowaways: Every year, an untold number of foreign organisms find their way into the Great Lakes in shipping ballast water. (Credit: Garitzko / Wikipedia)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

The cancer of the Great Lakes

NEW YORK, NY — “On a map, Lake St. Clair looks like a 24-mile-wide aneurysm in the river system east of Detroit that connects Lake Huron to Lake Erie, and that is essentially what it is. Water pools in it and then churns through as the outflows from Lakes Superior, […]

New York, NY: The George Washington Bridge in heavy smog. This is the view towards the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. (Credit: AFGE)
Environmental Justice / Water Quality

Photos: Life in 9 American cities before the EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “Nearly five decades ago President Richard Nixon asked in his State of the Union address, ‘shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and […]

Satellite image of Lake Erie in September 2011, overlaid on a map of the lake and its tributaries.
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Great Lakes scientist says, “If we lose the EPA, we lose Lake Erie”

DETROIT, MI — “At the 8th Binational Meeting of the Lake Erie Millennium Network, 125 scientists gathered at the University of Windsor in Ontario to hear experts weigh-in on the health of the southernmost, warmest and shallowest of the Great Lakes. They presented research on everything from climate change, water […]

Big Harts Creek in Lincoln County, WV (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Coal / Water Quality

Trump’s repeal of stream rule helps coal at the expense of climate and species

WASHINGTON, DC — “When he signed an unusual act of Congress rolling back a regulation to protect streams from mining pollution on Thursday, President Donald Trump made good on his promise to ease up on coal mining. The repeal will mean more greenhouse gas pollution from burning coal. It’s also […]