Competing visions for a famed river in a Midwest hotspot—Part 1

This 2-part series explores two projects on Michigan's Grand River and how a fast-growing region is struggling to define a relationship with the river it was built around.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—A bike ride along the Grand River downtown is a breeze—heading downstream it's all downhill.

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Great kiskadee entangled by a fishing line (Paraná River floodplain, Argentina; Credit C. Machado)

Freshwater is getting neglected when it comes to plastic pollution research

Plastic pollution in lakes and rivers is on the research back burner—that's a problem.

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Mackinac Bridge. (Credit: Dane/flickr)

“Forever chemical” replacements on the rise in the Great Lakes

As industry phases out certain toxic PFAS chemicals, the compounds are decreasing in and around the Great Lakes, but replacement chemicals—which some argue also pose serious health concerns—are increasing, according to new research from Canada.

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A crack in the Great Lakes Compact? Approved water diversion prompts pushback

The Great Lakes hold quadrillions of gallons of water. Is allowing one more company to take water from them such a big deal?

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Trees along the Black River. (Credit: The Ancient Bald Cypress Consortium)

Ancient North Carolina trees that hold climate clues are under threat

Trees that tower over a protected forest along the Black River in southeastern North Carolina have held environmental secrets for more than 2,000 years, but their knowledge and existence is now threatened by climate change-driven sea level rise.

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Silver Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (Credit: KBIC Natural Resources Department)

“Our community is a fishing community:” Michigan tribe seeks to set its own water standards

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, on the shores of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, is petitioning the federal government to hand over control of setting water quality standards.

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