Tag: Great Lakes

June 19, 2020December 21, 2021

Erb Co-Convenes Discussion of New Regional Integrated Water Management Plan

The Great Lakes Water Authority’s (GLWA) 40-year Wastewater Master Plan is a significant step towards a new, regional, cooperative approach to improve water quality. Of special interest to Erb is the plan’s recommendations on green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and other strategies to manage Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). Erb co-convened a joint virtual meeting of its...

June 2, 2020December 21, 2021

Watershed Organizations Improve Water Quality

When it comes to caring for our rivers and streams, everyone has a part to play. Great Lakes watershed organizations are bringing together volunteers to improve water quality. Video credit: Cass Corridor Films.

Great Lakes Watersheds Map
June 5, 2019December 21, 2021

Great Lakes Watersheds Map

We like to say that everyone lives on waterfront property. This is because everything people do on their land – no matter if it’s located on a river or lake or not – ends up in one of the Great Lakes. To illustrate this, we worked with The Nature Conservancy to create a new map of the Great Lakes.

March 8, 2018December 21, 2021

2017 Annual Report

We are pleased to share our foundation’s 2017 annual report. Covering one year and $11.3 million in grantmaking, the report showcases people and organizations who are advancing sustainability through work in the environment and the arts. We hope that you share our excitement about their efforts and enjoy viewing the short videos embedded throughout the report. The report’s...

February 28, 2018December 21, 2021

DPTV Secret Gardens

Detroit’s innovative bioretention gardens were featured in “Secret Gardens,” produced by Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau and aired February 28, 2018 through the PBS Sci Tech Now program. A 2015 Erb grant helped create The Great Lakes Bureau to create, curate and distribute timely, topical stories about the Great Lakes ecology, economy and cultural history, building...

January 17, 2018December 21, 2021

Bug hunts and water quality

Certain bugs (stoneflies and other benthic-macroinvertebrates) and other wildlife indicate the health of our rivers. Identifying these insects is a perfect job for volunteers; it’s fun and builds environmental stewardship, while providing a cost-effective data set. Annual bug hunts and frog and toad surveys organized by watershed organizations engage more than 600 volunteers each year. Some...

January 10, 2018December 21, 2021

Farmers Helping Farmers to Protect Water Quality

After participating in a series of peer-led workshops, 68 farmers across Southeast Michigan, representing 15% of the farmland in the Western Lake Erie watershed, committed to practices that would prevent pollutants such as phosphorous and nitrogen from running off into the lake. Each farmer learned how to improve crop yields and soil health while reducing...