Environment


Big Sable Point Lighthouse on Lake Michigan
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Passes House in Bipartisan Vote

Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin voted in support of a program that aims to protect and preserve the Great Lakes, saying it would help fund the state's future economy. The legislation reauthorized the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and increased its funding by 60% over five years. By fiscal 2026, funding will reach $475 million.

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Bobby Jones Was About to Retire. Instead He Joined the Fight Against Coal Ash.

This North Carolina community organizer is working to give marginalized communities affected by environmental issues a platform to voice their concerns.

The Fox River is reflected in the "River Monolith" sculpture along Green Bay's riverfront. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
How Green Bay Is Going Green

City launching efforts to fight climate change as federal and state efforts falter or go backwards

Rep. Harley Rouda Votes to Protect California Wilderness

California Democrat Rep. Harley Rouda backed legislation that aims to protect public lands and waters in California, Washington and Colorado. Rouda said he was proud to vote in favor of the effort, and emphasized how protected lands like Yosemite and Joshua Tree support California’s economy. “California is home to world-renowned wilderness. Every year, millions travel...

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North Carolina’s Environmental Agency Has Had A Third of Its Budget Cut Since 2008

When a state environmental agency doesn’t have enough staff members and inspectors to check pollution from facilities on a regular basis, violations can go unnoticed, one environmental advocate said.

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Thousands Marched in Raleigh to Call for Change. We Talked to Four People About Why.

“If we don’t come together and vote—vote—we’re going to be in a hell of a mess,” one 70-year-old woman said.

Lake Michigan is seen from Oak Creek's Bender Park. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
Midwest Senators Push for Renewal of Great Lakes Cleanup Package

Sen. Baldwin is a co-sponsor of the measure that passed the House this week