Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

Dam Fails After Rain, Wind, Tornadoes Pound Midwest. Chicago Cleans Up

"Hundreds of people in a southern Illinois town were ordered to evacuate Tuesday as water rolled over the top of a dam, just one perilous result of severe weather that raged through the Midwest overnight with relentless rain and tornadoes and hit the Chicago area especially hard."

Source: AP, 07/17/2024

Behind Tribal Spearfishing Is A Long, Violent History Of Denied Treaty Rights

"On a twilight so calm the red and white pines are reflected in the waters of northern Wisconsin’s Chippewa Flowage, John Baker plans to go spearfishing — a traditional Ojibwe method of harvesting walleye. But before he sets out, he detours his boat to land on a sandy shore, hops out and crosses the tree line, crunching through dead leaves. “This is my sanctuary,” he says, recalling childhood visits in his dad’s rowboat."

Source: AP, 07/10/2024

"Minnesota’s Rapidan Dam At Risk Of Failing As Floods Hit Midwest"

"Rising waters on the Blue Earth River in Minnesota washed out a portion of the Rapidan Dam near the town of Mankato, 50 miles southwest of Minneapolis, as floods inundated parts of the Midwest."

Source: Washington Post, 06/26/2024
July 3, 2024

DEADLINE: IJNR Workshop on Water Infrastructure

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists to apply by Jul 3 for this workshop, August 11-14, 2024, exploring how we move, treat and price our most vital resource in Chicagoland, northwestern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. IJNR covers all program expenses.


"Federal Appellate Panel Sends Michigan Pipeline Challenge To State Court"

"Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit seeking to shut down part of a petroleum pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac belongs in state court, a federal appellate panel ruled Monday."

Source: AP, 06/18/2024

#SEJSpotlight: Bennet Goldstein, Investigative Reporter, Wisconsin Watch

Meet SEJ member Bennet Goldstein! Bennet reports on water and agriculture as Wisconsin Watch’s Report for America representative on the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk — a collaborative reporting network across the basin. Before this, he was on the breaking news team at the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska.


Mich. Bottled Water Company Is Still Extracting Millions of Gallons Free

"Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had pledged to crack down on bottled water companies taking water at the same time Flint, Michigan, faced a water crisis. Six years later and in her second term, little has changed."

Source: ProPublica, 06/07/2024

Mich., Wisc. Govs Tout Biden’s Investments In Climate Group’s $1.4M Ad Buy

"Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) will appear in ads touting the Biden administration’s green investments in ads running in their state. The $1.4 million total buy from climate group Evergreen includes an ad with each governor, highlighting the impact of the Biden administration’s investments in their state."

Source: The Hill, 06/06/2024
July 31, 2024

Institute for Independent Journalists: The Freelance Business Workshop

This Institute for Independent Journalists' workshop in Chicago, held the day before the NABJ annual convention, is designed to help freelancers develop sustainable independent journalism practices. Meet assigning editors from the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications. Discount for SEJ members.

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‘Green’ Steel: Five Things To Know About the U.S. Transition

Plans for two new U.S. facilities that will use hydrogen instead of coal to make steel hold the promise of decarbonizing this essential but dirty industry. But don’t expect overnight change. Reporter Maria Gallucci looks at the complexities of making the switch, from ditching the ​blast furnace to reducing pollution all along the supply chain.

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