"It is not just a bad summer for ticks — it has been a bad decade for the spread of tick-borne infections. New surveillance from the CDC reports rapid expansion and increase in cases of babesiosis, a sometimes life-threatening disease, in Wisconsin."
Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)
"Each day for decades, five pipelines have quietly pumped more than 2 million barrels of Canadian crude oil below northern Minnesota's forests, lakes and rivers to refineries around the Upper Midwest."
"PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- Most roads have reopened in Plainfield after a train carrying crude oil derailed nearly 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Plainfield police said it will take several days to clean up an estimated 45,000 gallons of oil near Route 59 and Riverwalk Court, near the village's downtown business district."
"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette called for a deadline to close a controversial portion of an oil pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes. The pipeline has had more than two dozen leaks over its lifespan, and parts of its outer coating have come off."
"Toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes have dropped but invasive species and algal blooms threaten the lakes' ecosystems and keep them from being truly great, says a new report from the U.S. and Canadian governments."
Flint, Mich., site of the most serious drinking water crisis in modern U.S. history, will draw hundreds of working reporters from across North America when the University of Michigan-Flint hosts the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in 2018. Environmental Journalism 2018 will bring the continent’s environmental press corps to Michigan a month before the crucial U.S. 2018 midterm elections. The conference is designed to provide journalists with the tools they need to hone the craft of writing and reporting in addition to providing insights into critical election-related issues, such as bridging the urban-rural divide. The event, scheduled for October 3-7, 2018, is expected to attract 500-800 attendees — a mixture of journalists, environmental news sources and academics from across the country and globe.
"Deep in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal is a seemingly benign item formalizing the transfer of 15 scientists within the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources."