Sewage Contamination and Beach Closings

September 11th 2013

Experts say Lake Michigan is in rough shape

Lake Michigan is ailing. That was the consensus among a panel of scientists convened to assess the lake’s health at the 9th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Milwaukee. Invasive quagga mussels have ravaged Lake Michigan’s food web and are … Continue reading

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September 10th 2013

Milwaukee leads on climate change adaptation

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s campaign to end all sewer overflows into Lake Michigan by 2035 has encountered a daunting obstacle: Climate change. Milwaukee is one of many Great Lakes cities that rely on combined sewer systems, which collect and … Continue reading

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February 28th 2013

New report showcases Great Lakes restoration projects

A new report from the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition features more than 30 examples of successful Great Lakes restoration projects. The report shows that government agencies and conservation groups across the region, with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, … Continue reading

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December 11th 2012

Fiscal cliff could put more sewage in the Great Lakes

There has been a lot of discussion and hand-wringing about how going over the so-called fiscal cliff would affect American taxpayers. But what about the Great Lakes? How would the fiscal cliff and the resulting cuts in the federal budget … Continue reading

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October 27th 2011

Report: Upgrading infrastructure would stimulate economy, create jobs, improve water quality

Upgrading America’s water infrastructure would create 1.9 million jobs and add $265 billion to the economy, according to a new report. The report, “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs and Greening the Environment,” was produced by American Rivers, Green For All … Continue reading

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