Blue Economy

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Once a failing city school, Buffalo's former Riverside High School has been transformed into a new Innovative High School.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Riverside Academy is providing an education about the 'Blue Economy'. 

A Wisconsin town is getting a lot of attention these days -- on the issue of drinking water.


Waukesha lies outside the Great Lakes basin, but it has received permission to take water from Lake Michigan. Officials are still debating the impact of the precedent-setting decision – and a group of mayors is challenging the town’s action.


Meanwhile, Waukesha is moving full speed ahead.  

This week marks the start of a break in the Great Lakes shipping season.  A time when lakes freeze over, the locks at Sault St. Marie shut down, and crews on big freighters go home to their families.  

But not everyone stops working.


Advocates for the Great Lakes are watching the presidential election and hoping the next U.S. president will continue to prioritize restoration across the region.


WBFO file photo

Even as the Buffalo region experiences what many believe is an economic resurgence, some are convinced more efforts should be made to capitalize on water resources to create jobs and expand businesses.