The only federally-protected underwater sanctuary on the Great Lakes could increase 10-fold to more than 4,000 square miles.
The expansion includes waters adjacent to Alcona and Presque Isle counties in the northeast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Success means reducing waste and dumping fees while creating a new revenue stream.
The research is also spurred by consumers who value alternatives to petroleum-based building blocks of other products.
This week Echo reporters asked the public and an expert what percent of the world’s water is drinkable.
Make your own guess before you launch this brief video.
The White House’s recently accelerated a plan to permanently protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp. But many environmentalists are less than impressed.
What’s the best way to deliver environmental education?
Try getting students out of the classroom.
The demand for fresh, local produce has boosted a statewide uptick in the number of Michigan farmers markets.
And a state grant program aims at ensuring low-income communities don’t miss out.
Can lack of ice affect both the economy and ecology of the Great Lakes?
Getting a handle on that is difficult when studying one of the most dangerous times to be on them.
Environmental advocates urge legislators to support the federal mercury and air toxic standards, but the electric utility industry say that would create a huge burden.
Environmental experts are urging property owners to get rid of lakefront lawns and stone breakwalls in favor of a new approach to landscaping.
Few need help.
Good intentions could spread disease.
Or lead to their death.
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