Regulation

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The problem of sewer overflows affects the entire Great Lakes region. More than 182 municipalities have systems that can release untreated sewage during big storms, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

Along Lake Ontario, high water, damage persist

Nov 29, 2017
Caitlin Whyte

The grey sky seems a bit more ominous out here.

With the winds whipping around and waves crashing on the break wall, Douglas Dobson walks around his home. His neighborhood sits on a narrow strip of land, with Lake Ontario to the north and several ponds to the south.


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A new report from the International Joint Commission, a bi-national agency, says the Great Lakes restoration continues to progress -- but not quickly enough.

  

The state of Michigan and Enbridge Inc. have settled on new safety measures for Line 5, the 645-mile oil and gas pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac.

The agreement, announced Monday, requires Enbridge to halt transmissions during "adverse weather," replace a section of the pipeline and make other changes along the underwater route where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet.

Climate change transforms Great Lakes forests

Nov 21, 2017
Samantha Harrington

Second of three parts

In Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, it's easy to see what makes the forests of the Upper Midwest so special. They transition between Southern trees like oak and white pine, and the northern trees like fir and spruce.

But climate change is bringing more intense storms – as well as warmer winters. And that can hurt forests.  

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