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Coal Ash Spill in Lake Michigan Another Blow to Industry’s “Clean Coal” Propaganda

11/4/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

A massive coal ash spill in Lake Michigan on Halloween was further proof that coal-fired power plants are anything but clean, as the industry claims. It’s bad enough that coal-fired power plants contribute to global warming, kill millions of fish […] Read more >

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Update: House of Representatives approves bill allowing more invasive species in Great Lakes

11/3/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 4 approved legislation that would leave the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters vulnerable to invasive species that live in ocean freighters’ ballast water tanks. The House approved H.R. 2838, the Coast Guard […] Read more >

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Book shows value of Great Lakes restoration

7/14/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

One of John Hartig’s most poignant childhood memories is of a day in 1969, when he looked out the window of his parent’s suburban Detroit home and saw the unimaginable: The Rouge River was ablaze. “I could see from my […] Read more >

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Plodding action on critical issues threatens Great Lakes

6/10/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

A recent report on Michigan Public Radio asked a simple question, one that produced a disturbing answer. The question: Why does it take 40 years to clean up a river? The question referred to the scandalously slow effort to clean […] Read more >

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Good things are happening in the Great Lakes

6/7/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

With invasive species, outdated sewers and toxic algae blooms creating problems in parts of the Great Lakes, it’s easy to get depressed about the future of these incomparable bodies of water. That’s why it is good to remind yourself, from […] Read more >

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Great Lakes restoration is producing huge dividends

5/16/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

A Great Lakes restoration project in Muskegon, Mi., is producing the kind of financial returns that would make stockbrokers envious. The $10 million shoreline restoration project on Muskegon Lake will generate more than $66 million in economic benefits, according to […] Read more >

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Feds ignoring demands for faster action on Asian carp

5/5/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently turned on a third electric barrier that is supposed to keep Asian carp in the Chicago Waterway System from invading Lake Michigan. The announcement was the Corps’ latest attempt to assure the public […] Read more >

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Feds’ action on Asian carp crisis doesn’t meet rhetoric

4/28/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

Federal officials were in Chicago this week to tell us once again what a great job they’re doing to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. I appreciate the work of government employees who are trying to keep these […] Read more >

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Earth Day Commandments for the Great Lakes

4/21/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

I was at a party recently when a friend began interrogating me about what I was doing to protect the Great Lakes from polluters, invasive species and other problems facing the largest source of surface freshwater on the planet. “Well, […] Read more >

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President Obama flirting with a Great Lakes disaster

3/28/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

President Obama’s 2012 budget would cut funding for sea lamprey control in the Great Lakes, a move that would devastate the lakes’ $7 billion fishery. The president has proposed cutting $3 million from the $18.7 million spent annually by the […] Read more >