U.S. Supreme Court won’t change Indiana ruling: Lake Michigan’s shoreline belongs to all Hoosiers

photo: public beach access protected by high court in Indiana

Photo: Homes along Lake Shore Drive in Long Beach are shown in this May 2017 file photo. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not review a Feb. 14, 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling that the Lake Michigan shoreline, up to the point where the beach becomes soil, also known as the ordinary high water mark, is unquestionably owned by the state of Indiana, and the public has


Urban gardeners use big ag techniques to conserve soil

The Flanner House, with help from Brandywine Creek Farms, is preparing to create the state’s largest urban farm in the heart of one of the city’s biggest food deserts. It’s not a community garden, but rather a 1.3-acre working farm. Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar

Gardeners working a plot at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on the near east side are part of a group of urban growers who plant cover crops in the


New Tests Reveal 15 out of 15 of Indiana’s Coal Ash Ponds Are Leaking

Photo: Barbara Deardorff draws water from her tap in Wheatfield, Indiana. Dangerous chemicals from a nearby coal ash pond have leached into the local groundwater.

As new research reveals widespread contamination, pro-coal industries are pushing to weaken federal rules on coal ash and give regulatory authority back to states like Indiana, which has a dismal record on regulating this toxic waste.

As a writer for Earthjustice, I often tell stories


Aging water mains reaching breaking point

Fort Wayne’s water officials can tell you where aging water mains will be replaced in the five-year plan to update the city’s water system approved by City Council last month. What the officials can’t tell you – yet – is exactly when. But mains in 25 neighborhoods and intersections around the city are being replaced, based on the history of water main breaks in those areas, officials say.

Areas where


How Privatizing Water Systems Costs Taxpayers — & Endangers Them

Illustration by Lisa Lee Lucas for Heavy

A yearlong investigation by Heavy found that privatized water management has been a disaster for American towns, with residents paying 59% higher fees for water, on average; suffering high-profile health problems; and bracing for an infrastructure time-bomb.

Residents of contracted towns, from Indiana to Florida, are commonly paying almost $200 more each year, while some Eastern cities have found life-threatening lead in tap


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