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August 30, 2022 to August 31, 2022

2022 Lake Erie Science and Outdoor Writers Conference

Ohio Sea Grant is hosting this hands-on learning experience at F.T. Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University's Island Campus on Lake Erie. The event, housing and meals are free of charge to participants.

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Army Corps Opens Lengthy Environmental Review Of Line 5 Tunnel For Comment

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday opened a two-month window for the public to comment on a plan to dig a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house Enbridge's controversial Line 5 oil pipeline."

Source: Detroit News, 08/16/2022

Over 10 Inches Of Rain Falls In Illinois, Another Exceptional Deluge

"If it seems like a barrage of extreme rain events has been wreaking havoc across the country over the past week, you’re not imagining things. The latest resulted from an overnight deluge in central and southeastern Illinois, with some areas registering 8 to 12 inches of rain in less than 12 hours."

Source: Washington Post, 08/03/2022
July 22, 2022

DEADLINE: Reporting on Water — An IJNR/Uproot Training Workshop for Journalists

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources and the Uproot Project invite applications by Jul 22 from journalists of color who want to learn how to cover the environment, Aug 21-23, 2022, at The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie. Learn about reporting on water from scientists and veteran environment journalists.


Mich. Court Rules Grand Jury Improperly Indicted Officials In Flint Case

"Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the indictment of former Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and several other officials in connection with the contamination of water in Flint was improper because the grand jury consisted of a single judge."

Source: The Hill, 06/29/2022

How 'Rights of Nature' Is Recasting the Relationship Between Law and the Earth

In 2006, a local government council in Pennsylvania concerned about sewage sludge dumping enacted the Western legal system’s first formal “rights of nature” instrument. Today, numerous countries have laws recognizing specific rights or even legal personhood for nature. As legal expert Alice Bleby explains, this new perspective arises from a wide range of contexts and plays out in many different ways.

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Grantee Wades Into Surprising Blue-Green Algae Problem

A chance encounter with a social media post from a retired government official led environmental journalist Sharon Oosthoek on a virtual, pandemic-era journey deep into the waters of Lake Superior to chase down an algal bloom. In her contribution to FEJ StoryLog, Oosthoek shares how she leveraged the tip into a grant that allowed her and her TV channel partner to produce a multi-part text, video, engagement and teaching project.

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