We tend to think of the lack of access to clean, safe drinking water as a problem suffered only in "developing" countries, but recent events in North America have brought to light the fact that our own water is not to be taken for granted. From lead in Flint's pipes and algae in Lake Erie, to uranium in Arizona wells and mining waste in Colorado rivers, threats to our water supply abound. There is, perhaps, no better place to explore these issues than the Great Lakes -where 40 million people get drinking water from a basin holding one-fifth of all of the world's available fresh water.
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The Great Bear Rainforest and Great Bear Sea together form one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically rich systems on Earth. At more than 6.4 million hectares (~25,000 square miles), the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest left in the world, home to vast stands of pine, fir, and cedar, as well as populations of wolves, grizzlies, and Kermode or "Spirit" bears. Just offshore, Pacific currents fuel a food web that supports whales, seals, otters, birds and fish.
In Fall 2017, we'll be taking a select group of journalists into this incredible landscape. Learn more about what we have planned.
This June, Waukesha, Wisconsin, became the first U.S. city outside of the Great Lakes watershed to receive permission to withdraw water under the Great Lakes Compact - a 2008 law that gives states bordering the lakes control over water diversions. While all eight Great Lakes state governors approved Waukesha's request, the city's 13-year-long saga wasn't without controversy. While some see the Compact doing its job and forcing concessions while still offering clean, reliable water to a community in need, others see the Waukesha approval as a slippery slope toward other thirsty cities getting to take a drink.
Wisconsin and Michigan
October 2-8, 2016
Topics will include Enbridge's Line 5, methane digesters, oil trains and tankers, renewable energy, fracking, nuclear power, natural gas storage and more.
Applications now closed. Stay tuned for our dispatches from the road!
This two-day workshop will focus on water quality and infrastructure, environmental justice, public engagement and energy development in the Great Lakes region.