While health agencies look for faster ways to detect harmful E. coli bacteria on public beaches, they overlook another germ that may cause even greater problems.
The climate is changing. Great Lakes organizations and officials are trying to make sure restoration work is done with this in mind. But climate change remains a low national priority.
A study released this week called for permanent physical barriers in the Chicago Area Waterways System. Instead of spurring a conversation, groups stuck to preexisting positions.
Echo catches up with author, Darby Nelson, about his first book, “For Love of Lakes,” which explores the worsening health of lakes around the country.
Michigan municipal waste facilities would be required to accept all septic waste produced within 25 miles under a bill awaiting action in the Senate. But not everyone thinks it’s a good thing.
There are thirteen ships on the Great Lakes that use steam engines that belch sulfur into the air. The EPA wants to exempt them from an upcoming fuel standard if they switch to cleaner engines.
Atlantic salmon once thrived in Lake Ontario but went extinct when their habitat and spawning grounds were ruined. U.S. and Canadian scientists are now trying to bring the species back.
Children’s toys sometimes contain harmful chemicals.
Some Michigan lawmakers are trying to require that manufacturers and distributors let consumers know which toys may be toxic.
Scientific research is often poorly understood by citizens and policymakers alike. Two federally funded Great Lakes reserves are bucking that trend by connecting research to the community and its leaders.
A recent personal property tax ruling that will cost Michigan counties millions of dollars in revenue could prove vital for utility companies and energy manufacturers around the state.
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