Drew Youngedyke

Drew YoungeDyke is the Communications Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center and an avid bowhunter, backpacker, trail-runner and kayaker.

When Our Water Turns Green

It wasn’t Chicago, and it wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day. In mid-September 2017, Toledo’s Maumee River turned a bright green, matching the western Lake Erie it empties out to, carrying the …

The Asian Carp Gauntlet

In June, the discovery of a live silver carp just nine miles from Lake Michigan sent shock-waves through the Great Lakes community. It also renewed calls from Great Lakes lawmakers …

Don’t Let Weakened Ballast Water Protections Stow Away in Coast Guard Bill

The bi-national 2017 State of the Great Lakes report analyzes nine factors affecting the Great Lakes to gauge their overall health. Eight of the analyzed categories were either improved or …

All Hands on Deck

On the last day of May, 2017, the Great Lakes Business Network – with support from the National Wildlife Federation and the Groundwork Center – teamed up with Larry Bell …

Line 5 Oil Pipeline a Threat to the Great Lakes

Under the Straits of Mackinac – where the heart of America’s freshwater seas meet – runs an aging oil pipeline carrying up to 23 million gallons of oil a day. …

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