Water has created prosperity in the Midwest, but it has also unleashed destructive forces. In this installment of Front and Center, WBEZ’s Gabriel Spitzer explained why what we flush is coming back to haunt us.
Eight Forty-Eight has been exploring waterways that link the Great Lakes to the rest of the world as part of Front and Center – WBEZ’s series looking at some of the critical issues facing the Great Lakes.
Part of living in the Great Lakes, one of the richest sources of fresh water in the world, is living with a little undercurrent of worry that someone out West or around the world is coveting our water.That fear isn’t based on nothing – there have been schemes floated out there to load water into tan
A law that’s designed to prevent other parts of the country and the world from draining the Great Lakes is getting its first big test in our own backyard.The water-use compact is part of an agreement between eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces to figure out who can have Great Lakes w
The Great Lakes hold six quadrillion gallons of water. That’s 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. As scarcity grows, there’s concern more and more people are eying that water -- it's been likened to death by a thousand straws."
It’s a beautiful summer day and I’m paddling my little kayak right down the main channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway. This moment, I have it all to myself--there’s a lighthouse just off my bow, and not a big ship in sight.
In connecting the Great Lake Michigan to the Mighty Mississippi, Chicago left the back door open to some unwelcome visitors. Asian Carp are the latest threat and our last line of defense spans the Sanitary and Ship Canal, about 30 miles southwest of the city.