Video: What the Frack?

This video is among those produced by students at Kent State University’s Stark campus under the direction of biology and journalism faculty.

It is part of a multidisciplinary study of the local environment called OurWaterWebs and based south of Cleveland.

The 2011 winning Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Image: Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Spot. Snap. Stamp.

If you live in Ohio and see a salamander scattering past, don’t scream and swat it. Shoot it, instead. With a camera, that is. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Third Annual Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo contest is underway. Focusing on a different animal each year, this contest hopes to promote the diversity of Ohio’s wildlife.

Algae attacks Ohio’s largest inland lake; wet spring and manure blamed

A popular recreational lake in western Ohio has nearly died, economically and environmentally, because of algae thriving on runoff from farm fields, officials say.

Grand Lake St. Marys is now undergoing a clean up to get rid of toxic algae mostly attributed to manure from nearby fields flowing into the lake during the wet spring.

As a part of the $3.4 million operation, the lake will be treated with nearly 2.6 million gallons of the chemical compound alum.

Friday Five: The grandma who stood up

You know the big names credited with major policy decisions that affect the basin.

But who are the people behind the scenes who shape Great Lakes policy?

Our series ends this week with Sandy Bihn, western Lake Erie’s well-armed activist.

Climate change may spur northward advance of Great Lakes invaders

Amid concern and confusion over Asian carp possibly finding their way into the Great Lakes, many experts involved in the controversy agree that other invasive species are likely to show up too.

Non-native wildlife are common in the Great Lakes, with more than 140 species living in them. Sea lampreys were first found in Lake Ontario in the 1830s.

PA Superfund site map

MONDAY MASHUP: Great Lakes Superfund sites

Hazardous waste sites in Great Lakes states make up a third of the nation’s total, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. Each state page also has information on proposed, existing and remediated Superfund sites.

A tale of three cities: Winners of the GM cleanup lotto are more like survivors

By Brian Laskowski, Shawntina Phillips and Jeff Gillies
Jan. 21, 2010
Editors note: This is part three of a three-day series on the environmental implications of GM’s bankruptcy. Massena, Flint and Bedford are three towns that rose in the industrial might of the General Motors manufacturing era. Now Motors Liquidation Co., the company that owns GM’s worst assets, is preparing to close the door on the automaker’s legacy in these cities. But before it leaves, Motors Liquidation or GM must account for decades of pollution at former factories and waste sites.