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Fish, Fisheries, and Water Resources: Adapting to Ontario’s Changing Climate

This integrated research project, which ran from 2007-2008, was initiated to better understand the implications of projected climate change impacts and adaptation responses on southern Ontario’s fish, fisheries, and water resources. Climate change will have predominantly negative effects on species and habitats, and resulting economic effects are expected to be devastating to the region. In addition, changes in temperature and precipitation patterns will require alterations to water resources planning and management.

The Center for Resilient Cities’ Climate-Informed Food Access and Community Resilience Project

The Center for Resilient Cities (CRC) is expanding its healthy food access programs to include fruit trees that can thrive in changing hardiness zones as well as raised garden bed structures to assist in soil conservation, weed and pest control, and water retention. The existing community gardens serve over a dozen families of multiple generations, while four 40’ x 40’ garden plots act as educational spaces for 100 Badger Rock Middle School students.

Bringing Stormwater Management Down to the Neighborhood

In the Great Lakes region, climate change is likely to bring more intense rainstorms, and with them, more flooding. For the City of Detroit, flooding brings an added problem: sewage overflows. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s (DWSD) Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest singlesite wastewater treatment facility in the U.S. Detroit has combined sewers, meaning that sewage and stormwater runoff run together through a single collection system.

Restoring the Great Lakes’ Coastal Future: Technical Guidance for the Design and Implementation of Climate-Smart Restoration Projects

The Great Lakes region is home to 20 percent of the world’s freshwater reserves, a rich array of species and habitats, and tens of millions of people. One of the most significant challenges to the well-being of the region is climate change. We are already feeling the effects of climate change, and those effects will only intensify in the future. As a result the past alone is no longer a sufficient guide for conservation decisions.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Integrating Scientific and Transitional Ecological Knowledge

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is an intertribal natural resource agency that assists its 11 member Ojibwe (also known as Chippewa, or Anishinaabe) tribes in the implementation and protection of off-reservation treaty rights to hunt, fish, and gather in territories ceded (or sold) to the United States.

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: Creative Solutions for a Changing Environment

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians resides in the northeast corner of Minnesota along Lake Superior. The dynamic environs of the region host a wide array of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Unprecedented warming of Lake Superior in recent years suggests that climate change is taking effect around Grand Portage and is threatening local wildlife species. One of the Grand Portage Band's major concerns is that climate change may lead to the loss of culturally significant subsistence species including moose and brook trout in the Lake Superior region.

Forest County Potawatomi

The Potawatomi tribe has long experience in melding traditional wisdom with political and practical approaches to ecological stewardship. Three decades ago, when the Exxon Corp. decided to open the world's largest copper-zinc mine 15 miles south of the Potawatomi Tribe's northeastern Wisconsin land (they also own land in the Milwaukee area, for a total of nearly 19,000 acres), on the doorsteps of two other Great Lakes-region tribes, the Potawatomi Community was faced with a fundamental threat. With guidance from their elders, they chose to act.

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: Reducing its Carbon Footprint and Adapting to Climate Change

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, located in northeastern Minnesota, is striving to reduce its carbon footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Sustainability, energy efficiency, and the development of renewable energy are key goals, and the Band aims to protect the reservation and its resources for the cultural, spiritual, and physical well-being of its people.