Development

Across the Great Lakes region, the shoreline is being targeted for increased development. Condominiums, stores and other projects are rising on the sites of shuttered factories -- sparking concerns from environmentalists.  

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Ontario is proposing new rules for the bottled water industry. The move comes after a water bottling company outbid a small community in its attempt to buy a well to secure a water supply for its fast-growing population.


The U.S. and Canada announced Wednesday that they have finalized a plan for restoring and protecting Lake Superior's water quality.

A 96-page document from the Lake Superior Partnership outlines major threats such as invasive species and climate change. It also lists priorities for preserving the relatively clean waters, including ending the release of nine toxic substances.

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

On the Atwater Farm, a commercial dairy farm near Lake Ontario, the sound of diesel trucks thunders through the air as they bring in loads of harvested corn for cow feed. 


Judge rules Queen City Landing project can proceed on Outer Harbor

Sep 15, 2016

State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek ruled late Wednesday afternoon that plans to construct a 23-story apartment building on Buffalo's Outer Harbor may proceed.

Chris Caya, WBFO News

As communities along the Great Lakes reclaim land once dominated by industry, officials are facing a daunting decision: How much land should be preserved as open space? 

In Cleveland, a developer has proposed an outlet mall along Lake Erie, near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In Rochester, the city has considered building housing and a hotel on Lake Ontario's shore. In Chicago, plans by Star Wars creator George Lucas to build an art museum along Lake Michigan crumbled this summer amid legal challenges.

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