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Key decision protects Au Sable River as new report highlights emerging threats to one of Michigan’s greatest rivers

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh recently made an important decision that will help protect the vaunted Au Sable River from some of the environmental threats associated with deep shale fracking for natural gas. Canada-based Encana Corp., which … 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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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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Rivers recover as Michigan steps up pace of dam removals

The state of Michigan is making strides in restoring rivers by removing obsolete and dangerous dams. I wrote about the issue for an online magazine called Bridge. You can read the article here. There are about 2,500 dams in Michigan … Continue reading

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Some moments of nature from the Great Lakes

Lately I’ve been writing about a lot of the problems facing the Great Lakes. So I’m taking a brief respite to point out  a few of my favorites photos from the Great Lakes region. It’s important that we fight to … Continue reading

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GOP wants to raid the Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund

Here we go again. Republicans in the Michigan Legislature are talking about using money from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to build roads and dredge harbors. Such action is currently prohibited because a voter approved amendment to the Michigan … Continue reading

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Michigan Legislature gets failing grade on environmental issues

Michigan calls itself “The Great Lakes State,” but the Sierra Club recently gave the Legislature a failing grade on environmental issues. The Sierra Club said the 2011-2012 class of state lawmakers was “by far the most anti-environmental Legislature we’ve had … 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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In case you missed it … the Great Lakes Water Conspiracy

Before Jesse Ventura’s TV show went missing, the former governor of Minnesota did a segment on what he called the “Great Lakes Conspiracy Theory.” It’s an interesting piece. Sensational, to be sure, but it raises some valid questions and concerns … Continue reading

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