Category Archive: Development

Aug 16

A tale of two countries

Communities on both sides of Lake Ontario are vulnerable to flooding by waters that can go up and down as much as six feet. But Lana Pollack, the U.S. Chair of The International Joint Commission, says Canadians have created a protective buffer. In the 1950s, Hurricane Hazel hit Toronto with a vengeance. The flooding killed …

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Aug 10

Water awareness through art

If you walk through Milwaukee, you may not notice if you pass a water cistern or cross a watershed boundary. But that may soon change, thanks to a project called ‘Watermarks.’ “It’s a series of physical markers that will serve as these marking points for where conversations around water can begin,” says project designer Aaron Asis. …

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Aug 09

Human waste in water

In many parts of Milwaukee, stormwater is shuttled directly to rivers and Lake Michigan. Wastewater is dealt with separately and sent to a treatment plant for processing. But Sandra McLellan of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, says the infrastructure is aging. “Many of the pipes that are taking waste from our homes that should be …

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Aug 03

Restoring Great Lakes Wetlands

Lakeshore marshes and meadows create wildlife habitat and provide benefits to people, too … Howe: “Filtering your water, absorbing high water during flooding events, providing more fish and wildlife experiences for people.” Jim Howe directs the Nature Conservancy of Central and Western New York. He says maintaining these ecosystems requires occasional fluctuations in water level. …

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Jul 26

From mills to meadows in Muskegon, Michigan

In the 1880s, Muskegon was known as the Lumber Queen of the Midwest. “Around Muskegon Lake where it enters Lake Michigan, there were 47 sawmills,” says Kathy Evans of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. She says other industries set up shop along the lake too, replacing natural lakefront ecosystems with a hardened shoreline dominated …

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