Category Archive: Water and the Economy

Sep 06

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 …

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Sep 04

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/

Aug 30

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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Jul 28

Businesses Suffer When Lake Erie Turns Green

Green lakes could mean less green for coastal tourism. . . Learn more:   Lake Erie generates billions of dollars in tourism each year. So when a harmful algal bloom makes the lake unsafe for swimming or fishing, it’s bad for resorts like Lakeside Chautauqua. “We’ve got about a mile of shoreline on the ground, so we …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/businesses-suffer-when-lake-erie-turns-green/

Jul 24

Tiny Snails Pose Big Risks

Get the dirt on tiny, invasive mudsnails . . . learn more:   New Zealand mudsnails have now been found twice in Wisconsin – most recently in Badger Mill Creek, near Madison. They’re the size of a corn kernel, but they can outcompete native species. In extreme cases… “We’ve seen densities of over 500,000 mud …

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