WBEZ’s Front and Center series covers a host of environmental issues in the Great Lakes region–-from the air Midwesterns breathe to the water they drink. Water quality is a big challenge. Sure, Chicago has lots of freshwater – a resource many are clamoring for.
Listeners shared thoughts on what they think Eight Forty-Eight got wrong - and what they like, too.Here are some of those letters:Last month, Eight Forty-Eight headed to WBEZ's Humboldt Park bureau for a live remote broadcast, the Dueling Critics joined and shared their br
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.