By Alison Dirr
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Perry Schmitt describes himself as pro-mining but blames the frac sand mine across the highway from his home for driving down the asking price by more than $25,000, to $189,000. His neighbors made out better. Kari Curran and her husband sold 130 acres for $1.5 million to a company affiliated with Unimin Mining Corp., operator of the mine. The property was previously valued at about $225,000. “It was kind of bittersweet,” Curran said. Continue Reading →
Emergency responders are readying for Lake Superior oil shipping proposals. Continue Reading →
Great Lakes Now has released a two-hour long special on agriculture and freshwater in the region, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Detroit Public Television. Continue Reading →
Michigan may be the Great Lakes state, but its neighbors to the east and west are leading efforts to turn water-based technology, academic research and tourism into jobs and revenue. Continue Reading →
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The Ashtabula River may soon be the first Ohio river to come off Ohio’s list of Great Lakes toxic hotspots.
The cost has been astronomical, but advocates say clean up of the toxins protects Lake Erie fishing and tourism. Continue Reading →
A revolution in green infrastructure – and two new funding programs – are helping urban communities in Greater Cleveland create small green space projects with a big potential impact to control storm water flooding.
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State natural resource officials are wondering how a mysterious virus found its way to Wisconsin trout and what it will mean for the health of aquatic life.
Despite the uncertainty, state authorities confirm that they released 270,000 brown trout this year from hatcheries where fish tested positive for the cutthroat trout virus. An additional 160,000 had already been released last year before officials got the test results. Continue Reading →
Scientists are linking the ear bones of fish to the water chemistry of the wetlands they visit.
The research is a new tool in figuring out just where fish travel and has implications for targeting wetlands for protection. Continue Reading →
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There is a plan to restore to better health Detroit’s Rouge River. It will take money and cooperation to get the job done. But some of that work is already underway. Continue Reading →