In a growing number of areas, homeowners cannot sell their homes without a clean bill of health for the septic tanks that drain and dispose their human waste.
Can you walk along the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio without owning a piece of it?
Not if the Ohio Supreme Court rules in favor of the property owners who sued the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2004.
Lake Zurich is now supplied by an aquifer pumped faster than it can recharge.
And the water requires expensive treatment.
At the same time, the village’s sewer capacity is strained.
New Yorkers will need state approval to newly tap Great Lakes waters. Wisconsin is to hold hearings on similar provisions.
Great Lakes states are implementing water use provisions established by a regional water agreement.
Two new research vessels built in Cleveland will aid U.S. Geological Survey researchers who study fish in Lakes Erie and Ontario.
Environmental agencies and organizations are enlisting the public’s help to protect native species and get rid of invasive ones.
Brian Johns is a farmer and an educator at his own Happy Family Farm.
He teaches students to grow vegetables using traditional and cutting-edge technologies such as hydroponics and aquaponics.
They learn “seed to sale” – from growing to entrepreneurship. (Video)
It’s not often that an invasive species is welcomed into its host community. But some northern Michigan beekeepers want to keep spotted knapweed around because honey bees collect nectar from it.
Entrepreneurs who sell homemade food products may soon be allowed to increase the amount of money they earn without undergoing health inspections and licensing.
The upkeep to keep septic tanks from failing and polluting water is expensive, especially with the growing restrictions on how to dump their contents.
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