UNITED STATES Considering Michiganders’ ongoing water woes, Nestlé’s request to pump 576,000 gallons of water each day from the Great Lakes Basin was highly controversial. But despite deep public opposition, the state concluded that the company’s plan met with legal standards. (Detroit Free Press) Health, hygiene, commerce … use our activity to help students understand how people use freshwater. Teachers, scroll down for a quick … Continue reading Michigan OKs Nestlé’s Water Extraction Plan
POLITICS In exchange for land, Queen Victoria promised an annuity to each indigenous person around Lake Huron. Now a legal case seeks to bring that treaty up to date. (The Guardian) Where is this $4 land? Use our downloadable map to find Ojibwe cultural territory. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Many indigenous peoples are … Continue reading After 150 years, First Nations Try to Raise the Rent around Lake Huron
Get ready for World Water Day this Tuesday with a fresh look at the Great Lakes! This post was written by Rosanne Fortner, the Director of COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence), and Lyndsey Manzo, a high school teacher, in 2010. When we think about freshwater and its importance to all life, our thoughts should turn to how and where we are educating about … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Great Lakes Literacy Principles: Our Freshwater Sea!
SCIENCE Deep below the surface of Lake Huron, scuba-diving researchers have found an elaborate network of hunting blinds and animal-herding structures dating back roughly 9,000 years. (USA Today) Can you find the sunken treasure? Discussion Ideas The USA Today article reports that 9,000 years ago, water levels in Lake Huron were about 76 meters (250 feet) lower than they are today. The shallower lake exposed … Continue reading Ancient Hunting Camp Found Beneath Lake Huron
FOOD A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, perhaps the only time of year when demand for gefilte fish (where whitefish is a key ingredient) exceeds supply. “It may taste like cat food, but that’s why I love it,” says one man. (Associated Press) Use our resources to better understand Passover, food, … Continue reading Why Is This Year Different From All Other Years?