Here’s a list of the most viewed Echo stories of 2010. Now that we know this, how should we use this information?
Should popularity of stories play into Echo’s editorial decision making? How much?
In the world of social media, how much should readership trends influence what we provide? A lot? A little? Not at all?
The list starts with the 10th most viewed story of 2010 and ends with the most viewed story of the year
City officials, urban planners and environmental experts warn of a disconnect between Chicagoans’ perception of water abundance and reality.
They fear future scarcity unless there are radical changes in the way water is collected, distributed and consumed.
Granted, offshore oil drilling of the kind that created the Gulf mess is prohibited in the Great Lakes. But if such an accident had occurred on the sweetwater seas, just how large an area would it cover?
The accidental poisoning of Michigan dairy cattle in the 1970s sparked the largest chemical contamination in United States history. Nine million residents consumed contaminated meat and milk for a year.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations are expanding east, cultivating near Great Lakes states’ large consumer bases like Detroit and Chicago, police say. It’s an often violent, lucrative form of manifest destiny in reverse.
The voracious and invasive Asian carp is on its way into the Great Lakes, pitting governments, environmental groups, shippers, boaters and anglers against each other over what ought to be done to stop it.
In an attempt to inject some levity into a potential environmental catastrophe, Echo presents: the carp bomb.
A biological balancing act between the premier Great Lakes sportfish and its prey could be at a tipping point in Lake Ontario.
Chinook salmon are the foundation of the Lake Ontario recreational fishery.
Ever since the emerald ash borer swept through Michigan in the summer of 2002, the state has spent tens of millions of dollars to subdue it.
But the exotic beetle thought to have come to the United States through airplane or ship cargo remains rampant.
Michigan officials are surveying the Lower Peninsula for wolves. The agency confirmed two observations last year.
Other wildlife experts say wolves have been in the Lower Peninsula for 20 years, and that more may be moving south.
We took some of the best reader contributions to our carp bomb feature and assembled them into their own gallery. And yes, we realize that this invasive species is a serious threat to the Great Lakes. We also think it’s OK to lighten up once and awhile. So enjoy.
(And the most viewed Echo story of the year…drum roll…)
The reactions are pouring in: Some restaurant owners are fuming about Michigan’s new smoke-free law that takes effect May 1.
“The state has stepped in and said, ‘We know more about the hospitality business than you do.’ Many of them are very upset,” said Andy Deloney, the Michigan Restaurant Association public affairs director.