Category Archive: Water and the Economy

Oct 22

Fishy Business

How much sustainably caught fish comes out of the Great Lakes each year? We cast around for answers—and caught ’em. Listen up: Throughout history, people have been hooked on fishing the Great Lakes, from Native Americans in birch bark canoes to commercial fishermen in modern boats. A century ago, nearly 150 million pounds of fish were …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/fishy-business/

Oct 18

Re-envisioning Our Rivers

Could a city famous for its lakefront become better known for its rivers instead? CurrentCast investigates—listen up: The “riverfront city by the lake” has a nice ring to it. And yet, Chicago’s key rivers—the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines—have historically played a more utilitarian role for the Windy City, making it a center of commerce …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/re-envisioning-our-rivers/

Oct 15

Can the Chicago River Change Its Ways (Again)?

Chicago once reversed—and now may re-reverse—its river. Why? Listen up: More than a hundred years ago, pipes spewed sewage and factory waste directly into the Chicago River, which flowed into Lake Michigan, the city’s source of drinking water. Not surprisingly, waterborne diseases ran rampant. Chicago’s solution was as mind-boggling as its problem—to reverse the flow …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/can-the-chicago-river-change-its-ways-again/

Sep 07

When Sharing is Not Caring

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to spare say these 8 states: We’ve always been taught to share. But the eight Great Lakes states have a legal pact that limits the sharing of their most valuable resource: water. Molly Flanagan of the Alliance for the Great Lakes states, “Even though there’s a lot of water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/industrial-and-corporate-water-use/when-sharing-is-not-caring/

Aug 07

Oil and water in the Straits of Mackinac

Every day, about 20 million gallons of oil travel through an underwater pipeline at the narrow passage that connects lakes Michigan and Huron. “There’s a lot of concern that this line could rupture,” says Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation, which helps organize the Great Lakes Business Network. It’s a coalition of more than …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/oil-and-water-in-the-straits-of-mackinac/

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