Emma Ogutu

This summer Emma will report for the Great Lakes Echo. She has previously covered state government issues for the Capital News Service, Lansing, where she focussed on news and features that impact the environment. She has written for the Traverse City Record Eagle, Petoskey News-Review, South Bend Tribune, Mining Journal, Holland Sentinel among other Michigan publications.

Recent Stories

New blog tracks Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement negotiations


Those interested in the Great Lakes now have a new outlet to learn about negotiations regarding the water quality agreement between the U.S. and Canada. Great Lakes United, a coalition of environmental groups and citizens dedicated to protecting and restoring the lakes, has launched a blog, Agreement Watch. It hosts periodic updates of the binational proceedings. The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is a formal pact between the two governments specifying shared goals and objectives for protecting and restoring Great Lakes water quality. The governments are renegotiating the terms of the agreement to keep up with new threats. Continue Reading →

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Check out midterm report card on Great Lakes Compact

The Great Lakes compact.  Image:  Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Two and half years after  Great Lakes states agreed to cut down on water diversion and excessive withdrawals from the lakes, the National Wildlife Foundation has  reported on how they’re doing.   The highlights:

Michigan and Wisconsin have the most notable success, passing legislation to cover all aspects of the compact and administering the program. New York and Ohio only recently enacted legislation to comply with the requirements of the Great Lakes Compact.  They deferred to advisory boards for their recommendations. Illinois and Minnesota contend that their statutes and programs are sufficient to control water diversion and withdrawal. They adopted the compact without creating further requirements. Indiana and Pennsylvania created skeletal programs and allowed environmental agencies to fill in the flesh.  They have no detailed programs or rules. Continue Reading →

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