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Cleveland on edge of a blue century

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/09/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

The Great Lakes are a powerful container. The Chicago architect Philip Enquist talks about their power to carve and shape what's in our path as it drains through more than 200,000 square miles. He called the mega regional geography "the great blue basin" during a speech last Friday at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Big blue<br />Lake Erie water from the Miller Ferry. Image: Greg Slawson, GC Creative Studio.Green over brown<br />Cincinnati's Sewer District's plan for Lick Run is to daylight the urban tributary and make it the center of a redeveloped neighborhood.Big vision<br />Green building and connections to water figure largely in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's design for a former US Steel operation as a neighborhood south of Chicago. Image: SOM.Make sure your connected<br />Wai'anapanapa Beach (black sand) in Maui, Hawaii. Image: Greg Slawson, GC Creative Studios.

Deep water: Time to ponder the future of our Great Lakes

David Beach  |  09/04/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean water, Water

Many of us in the Cleveland area do not appreciate our most intimate relationship – our relationship with Lake Erie. We drink the lake. The water flows through the cells of our bodies. Yet we seldom take time to think deeply about this relationship. The coming week, however, offers some great opportunities to ponder our amazing freshwater lives as inhabitants...

Wild and pristine<br />At its best, as in this view at Mentor Headlands State Park, Lake Erie appears clean and clear and awesome as an ocean. Place of contemplation<br />The sun sets to the northwest  over Lake Erie in the summer.Armored shoreline<br />The Lake Erie coastal zone is a dynamic place where one person's shoreline protection can undermine a neighbor's property.Off limits<br />Northeast Ohioans might have a stronger connection to Lake Erie if public access were not so limited.  Toxic algae returns<br />Algal blooms were thought to be part of Lake Erie's polluted past, but a huge outbreak of the green scum covering much of the western and central basins of the lake in October 2011 was an indication that over-enrichment of nutrients from runoff is still a problem.  (NASA satellite image)

Finding green jobs also good for environment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/29/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water

A new jobs report out today shows Cleveland leading the nation in unemployment. Sound of Ideas reported that 4,000 new unemployment claims were filed here since the Recession began. So, where will the recovery come from as we learn to pivot from the era of steel mills employing thousands to building a green city on a blue lake?

Moving to work<br />Cities that establish goals for bike infrastructure can make the case with keeping roads safe and creating jobs. Cleveland workers paint Sharrows in University Circle.Growing green<br />Cleveland's Garden Boyz are learning a trade and are part of a burgeoning local food economy.Green on down the road<br />Green infrastructure, like this permeable parking lot at Courtyard Marriott in University Circle, could be a jobs creator.

Where the frack is Ohio?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/04/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water, Land

In the 2012 movie, Promised Land, a prospector for an oil and gas company arrives in a small, Midwest town with a briefcase full of royalty checks. The charming young man played by Matt Damon expects the locals to get all starry eyed at the promise of riches. The only hitch is—and this is where Hollywood may be accused of...

Going deep<br />Fracking permit sites in Ohio. Image: FrackTracker Alliance.

When will the Cuyahoga be okay?

David Beach  |  02/21/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

Remaining challenges for a working river<br />Much work remains before the Cuyahoga River can be de-listed as a Great Lakes Area of Concern.

The following happy press release appeared in my email recently: WASHINGTON (Feb. 14, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Presque Isle Bay, on the Pennsylvania shore of Lake Erie, has been removed from the list of heavily contaminated Great Lakes sites targeted for cleanup by the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Environmental conditions in Presque Isle Bay...more

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