Mercury has found its way not only into our households, but also into our aquatic environment, according to this public service announcement from the Michigan Department of Community Health. “A person’s susceptibility to being harmed by the mercury in fish depends on their age, current health status, genetics, and chemical exposure history,” said Christina Bush, a health department toxicologist. “Given this complex set of factors, it is not known how much mercury it would take to harm any given individual. MDCH issues Fish Consumption Guidelines to help people choose fish that are low in mercury and safer for consumption by everyone, including pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and young children.” The state hosts a website where these guidelines are available. Continue Reading →
Many reporters of my generation went into journalism because of the Watergate scandal. Holding public officials accountable – public service journalism – was the attraction then. So, too, were Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in All the president’s men, the movie version of that story. Me? I was more of a Lou Grant kind of guy. Continue Reading →
You are reading a milestone – the 3,000th post on Great Lakes Echo. And we’re celebrating with a new look. Echo recently turned five years old. That’s ancient for Internet publications, particularly those that produce news. But this facelift is no middle-aged desperate grasp to retain youth. Continue Reading →
At the end of each month Current State checks in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the Basin. Continue Reading →
Surprise! The top five most commented Echo stories of 2013 involve wolves… and lots of carp. Continue Reading →
Every now and then, our headlines can get a little kooky – sometimes intentionally and sometimes it’s unavoidable.
Here are our favorites around the Echo newsroom. Continue Reading →
It was a busy year for Echo; after all, it was the year of Michigan’s wolf hunt and the year of the Great Lakes Storm’s centennial anniversary. We look back at the year’s stories that got the most views. Continue Reading →
In the spirit of our “Green Gridirons” series (but just in case college football wasn’t your thing), the “Big Ten’s Eco Efforts” series highlights creative off-the-field sustainability efforts. In the market for a karaoke machine or a piñata? What about a tie-dye lawn chair? The Hoosier to Hoosier sale may provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. It is a reuse program established in 2010 to prevent dorm furnishings from being taken to landfills during student move-out. Continue Reading →
A football stadium may have green grass but does it have green habits? Each week, Great Lakes Echo highlights a Big Ten football stadium’s attempts to do the most to impact the environment the least. All schools have information on the stadium’s diversion rate – the amount of waste recycled instead of put in a landfill. Stadium: Ohio Stadium
School: Ohio State University
2012 diversion rate: 87.2 percent
Scouting report: Ohio State claims to have the largest stadium to have achieved zero waste, something that requires a 90 percent diversion rate or more. Ohio Stadium’s highest diversion rate was 98.2 percent, against Illinois on Nov. Continue Reading →
In this series, Echo samples successful and ongoing restoration projects in each Great Lakes state.
Ohio projects include saving the rare Lake Erie watersnake and the removal of the Euclid Creek dam. Continue Reading →