The Army Corps and the city of Chicago, Illinois are advancing a plan to expand a so-called confined disposal facility, which is next to Calumet Park on the Southeast Side. That would delay a potential conversion to parkland for at least another two decades. Read the full story by the Chicago Sun Times.
Tough questions are being raised in Benton Harbor, a southwest Michigan city in the midst of a Flint-like water crisis caused by high lead levels in the municipal supply. Read the full story by MLive. Read the full story Tags: Daily News, Michigan
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Contradicting the historical conservation planning tenet that gave preference to protecting larger, more intact areas, a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has shown that small, isolated patches of habitat are inordinately important for biodiversity conservation.
Central Michigan University researchers have discovered unexpected populations of native mussels in the Detroit River, an area that hasn’t been searched for the mollusks since 1998. Read the full story by Capital News Service. Read the full story Tags: Daily News, News, Detroit, Michigan
The Nature Conservancy of Canada says a stretch of shoreline on Manitoulin Island in Ontario is now protected land. The non-profit organization says the 76 square kilometre parcel is one of its largest single-property acquisitions in Ontario to date. Read the full story by the Toronto Star. Read the full story Tags: Daily News, Toronto
Officials are seeking input from local boaters on changing water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board has issued surveys for recreational boaters regarding fall water levels and end-of-season boat hauls. Read the full story by WWI-TV – Watertown, NY. Read the full story Tags: Daily…
A fish pulled from Lake Ontario in 2015 contained 915 particles—a mix of microplastics, synthetic materials containing flame retardants or plasticizers, dyed cellulose fibers, and more—in its body, the most particles ever recorded. Read the full story by Environmental Health News. Read the full story Tags: Daily News