Tag Archives: Great Lakes

Baby, it’s cold outside … and winter is far from over

  We’re just one month into winter (according to the calendar) and Mother Nature has already produced  conditions that test even the heartiest of Midwesterners. Here in West Michigan, we’ve had 66 inches of snow so far, wind chill readings … Continue reading

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2013 Lake Erie toxic algae bloom worse than predicted

A toxic algae bloom that covered part of Lake Erie this past summer — and forced the unprecedented shutdown of a municipal water treatment system — was worse than scientists had predicted, according to a new study. The 2013 algae bloom … Continue reading

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D-Day for the Great Lakes: Asian carp are breeding in the basin

The day that Great Lakes lovers have been fearing for more than a decade has arrived: A breeding population of Asian carp has been found in the Great Lakes basin. As a result, I’ve adjusted the time on my Asian Carp … Continue reading

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For Halloween: Creepy video of Great Lakes vampires

If you’re looking for something truly creepy before Halloween, check out these videos of blood-sucking sea lamprey clinging to humans and fish. The videos were provided by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, which goes to great lengths to keep sea … Continue reading

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Four nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes rank among the nation’s worst for high level safety violations

A new government report on safety violations at nuclear power plants shows that four of the nation’s worst facilities (in terms of higher level violations) are located on the shores of the Great Lakes. The report by the General Accounting … Continue reading

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The Great Lakes are in peril … again

I am about to report some distressing news about the Great Lakes, so I want to preface my comments with some counterbalancing information about the wondrous lakes we call Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. The Great Lakes are indescribably … Continue reading

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Illinois governor takes bold stance on Asian carp crisis

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s recent comment that separating Lake Michigan from the Mississippi River basin is the “ultimate solution” to keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes could be a game-changer.  Quinn made his comments at the Council of Great Lakes … Continue reading

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Growing concern about Great Lakes nuclear hot spots

Two recent news items should give pause to anyone who loves the Great Lakes and the 30 million people who rely  on the lakes for drinking water. Great Lakes United and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health released … Continue reading

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Taking stock of the Great Lakes on Earth Day 2013

In honor of Earth Day, I thought it appropriate to explore the current state of the Great Lakes — the good, bad and ugly. The lakes today are far healthier than in 1972, when Congress passed the federal Clean Water Act. … Continue reading

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BBC produces amazing video of flying Asian carp

Leave it to the BBC, one of the world’s great news organizations, to produce an incredible video of Asian carp leaping in the air. The secret: High speed video coupled with ominous sounding music. The result is a video that … Continue reading

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