From Rust to Resilience: What climate change means for Great Lakes cities

As climate change makes other parts of the U.S. increasingly inhospitable, the Great Lakes region could become a “climate refuge” where temperatures are relatively moderate and the lakes themselves provide ample freshwater — an increasingly valuable commodity. At the same time, the region is highly vulnerable to the heat waves, flooding and severe storms expected to increase with climate change. Aging infrastructure and sewer systems that combine stormwater with wastewater along with shorelines vulnerable to water level changes, make Great Lakes municipalities especially susceptible to climate change impacts. 

“From Rust to Resilience” is a collaborative reporting project that includes six members of the Institute for Nonprofit News (Belt Magazine, The Conversation, Ensia, Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television, MinnPost and Side Effects Public Media) as well as WUWM Milwaukee, Indiana Public Broadcasting, and The Water Main from American Public Media.

“From Rust to Resilience” was made possible by support from the Pulitzer Center and INN’s Amplify Project, whose funders include the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Joyce Foundation, as well as INN’s general support funders, including the MacArthur Foundation. The series is part of the Pulitzer Center's nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative.