Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

Will State, Local Government Replace Feds on Climate Change?

Even if the incoming Trump Administration retreats from climate action, as many fear, state and local governments may fill the gap on climate policy. Our latest Issue Backgrounder takes a closer look, and offers sources and resources to help you cover the more localized climate stories that may result.

"Emergency Managers, City Officials Charged In Flint Water Crisis"

"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis moved a step closer to the highest levels of state government Tuesday as he brought felony charges against two former emergency managers who reported to former Treasurer Andy Dillon and were appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 12/21/2016

"In Reversal, U.S. Park Service Aims To Move New Wolves To Isle Royale"

"As wildlife ecologists prepare for next month’s 59th annual winter study of wolves and moose on Isle Royale in Michigan, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) today announced a surprising change in its usual hands-off management of the island wilderness on Lake Superior: proposed plans to introduce 20 to 30 new wolves over the next 3 years."

Source: Science, 12/19/2016
January 5, 2017 to January 6, 2017

IJNR's Great Lakes Water Compact Workshop

The Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources will bring a group of journalists to Waukesha, the first U.S. city outside of the Great Lakes watershed to receive permission to withdraw water under the Great Lakes Compact, to see how the city will get water from Lake Michigan, treat it and send it back to the basin while also discussing its bigger-picture impacts. Apply ASAP; space is limited.

Michigan Fights Court Order To Deliver Bottled Water To Flint Residents

"The state of Michigan on Thursday challenged a federal court order demanding that officials deliver bottled water to Flint residents who can’t easily pick up their own from distribution sites around the city, calling the requirement 'unnecessary' and saying it would require 'a tremendous expenditure of taxpayer funds.'"

Source: Wash Post, 11/18/2016

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