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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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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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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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NBC News produces interesting view of climate change

It’s no secret that the planet is warming. Recent data show that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the U.S. The warming trend doesn’t bode well for the Great Lakes. Ice cover on the lakes has dropped dramatically … Continue reading

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How are the Great Lakes? Ask a beach

Beaches are an important indicator of the health of Great Lakes ecosystems. Many of the most serious problems facing the lakes — such as bacterial pollution and algae blooms that are fueled by sewer overflows, polluted runoff and invasive species … Continue reading

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Sewage-free Great Lakes a priority for one U.S. senator

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, will make a triumphant return to Congress in January, months after suffering a stroke. Kirk recently said that one of his priorities upon returning to Capitol Hill will be seeking a ban on … Continue reading

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