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Daphnia, or water fleas, such as this are found in lakes and ponds across the world. Because of their pivotal position in food webs, daphnia are widely utilized as an indicator species to assess the response of ecosystems to environmental change.

On the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world, Rebecca Klaper is busy pouring the tiniest materials humans have ever made into tanks containing some of the smallest members of the Great Lakes food web.

We all live in a floodplain. Some of us just have more apparent risks than others, but we’re all vulnerable.

John D. Lyons and his son, Eric, seining a Mississippi River backwater near Cassville for Asian carp in 2007.

It never occurred to me to ask why we have laws to protect rare fishes—or rare species of any animal or plant—in Wisconsin if that species is common elsewhere.

The future is all about water. And here in Wisconsin, we’ve got it. The problem is: The rest of the world wants it.

Dr. J. Val Klump in exploring what is happening in the Great Lakes today and what the future holds for them and for us.

Future Possible logo slide

For Future Possible: Imagining Madison, we invited a group of artists, architects, and designers who know and love the city to envision it 75 years from now.  

Milwaukee journalist Dan Egan tell the complex story of the one of the world’s most important freshwater ecosystems.

Jane as a child on the shores of Lake Michigan.

There is no Plan B for humanity and our fellow species if we fail to keep our waters alive and clean.

Illustration by Stephanie Steinhauer

Promise (for farmers) and peril (for shrimp) at a new aquaculture outfit in rural Newton. 

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