American Falls view from Goat Island. Image: Angelica Morrison

American side of Niagara Falls to go silent

Niagara Falls State Park in New York needs to replace a pair of pedestrian bridges that are over 100 years old. Sounds easy – except that bridge supports sit in rapids leading to the American Falls. So the park plans a dramatic move: shutting off the falls.

Image: Elizabeth Miller

Maritime school teaches Great Lakes skills

Themed schools exist for subjects like the arts, science and medicine. But what about a school that prepares students to go out to sea . . . or on the Great Lakes?

A view of Pennsylvania's Lackawanna River. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The tale of the Lackawanna River

The river was a dumping place for coal and sewage–which didn’t make residents keen on cleaning it up.