The Great Lakes form a sprawling ecosystem of nature and industry. In a strong economy, ships can transport up to 200 million tons of cargo across these waters each year. But now the shipping industry has declared a state of emergency. The cause is a region-wide dredging backlog.&n
Grafton, Illinois—a town approximately 300 miles outside of Chicago has a special name for the waterways that connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River: “Poop ditch.” That’s the censored version and it’s due to what Chicago sends down their way.In Grafton, the Illinois River empties into the mi
A new report out Thursday claims the Great Lakes states are moving slowly to meet required deadlines under a federal law that governs water use.That compact prohibits water from being diverted outside the Great Lakes basin except for a few exceptions.
READ: Toxic Water, Part 1, Anniversary of Cuyahoga fires igniting environmental movement Runaway algae blooms that killed fish and fouled beaches in the 1970's have been making a comeback on Lake Erie – and they're showing up now in other Great Lakes. Un
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.
Brian Mann with North Country Public Radio is traveling along the St. Lawrence Seaway as part of the Front and Center series. Monday, he talked about the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway back in 1959. He checked in from his journey, discussing shipping along that route.