The Great Lakes form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth.
Last August, blue green algae blooms in Lake Erie caused hundreds of thousands of people to go without water. The cause – nutrients, especially phosphorous, in the waterways. Many say unregulated runoff from agriculture was partly to blame.
Manufacturing is one of the largest sectors in Indiana’s economy. While it’s the source of many jobs in the state, some claim it also contributes a lot of pollution to our waterways. But not in the way you might think.
We continues our series "The Three Rivers" with a look at the state of water regulations for industry in Indiana.
A report out Thursday claims Indiana is one of the worst water polluters in the nation.
The analysis from the group Environment America shows Indiana dumped more than 17 million pounds of pollutants into its waterways in 2012 – more tonnage than any other state. Fourteen million pounds – or about four-fifths of the pollution -- was released by just one place, the AK Steel Foundry in Rockport. But the report only uses self-reported government data which leaves out industries such as oil and gas, and agriculture.
The City of Fort Wayne is taking public input on its riverfront development study. The study is a comprehensive look at the City’s rivers and surrounding land, and intended to guide future investment and development for the downtown riverfront. The city’s first public input meeting was held Thursday.
It was standing room only at the meeting. Many attendees wanted to know more about recreational and retail opportunities on the river.