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Great Lakes Experience Record Floods

4/23/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

It’s been raining here in the Great Lakes. A lot. And cities like Grand Rapids and East Lansing, MI , Chicago, IL, and Toledo, OH are bearing the brunt. Rivers – the veins and arteries of cities in the Great …

South Haven, Michigan - Lake Michigan by Mic Stolz

Take Action: Help Prevent Great Lakes Tar Sands Spills

4/22/2013 // By Beth Wallace

It is only a matter of time before Great Lakes communities are being evacuated from their homes, possibly never to return, due to the latest tar sands spill. We have known about this gut wrenching risk since Enbridge polluted the Kalamazoo …

Exxon pipeline in creek

The Lies of a Tar Sands Spill — Take Two

4/3/2013 // By Beth Wallace

Oil from an Exxon tar sands pipeline rupture continues to spread — coating a creek, wetland, homes and making its way toward a nearby lake. Making matters worse, the rainy weather forecasted for coming days will continue to hinder the containment …

Kalamazoo River Enbridge Oil Spill

Enbridge’s Nose Grows a lot Longer

3/14/2013 // By Beth Wallace

In a recent hearing to determine the fate of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, Enbridge told regulators, decision makers and the public that tar sands oil floats in water. This is according to an industry backed study conducted in …

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What’s Happening to Great Lakes Ice?

2/26/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

It’s that time of year again: snow is falling, noses are running, and the Great Lakes are icing. But to what extent are they icing? Since ice records began in 1973, Great Lakes ice cover has declined by an average …

Line 6B Enbridge Energy

Standing Up in the Face of Disaster

1/18/2013 // By Beth Wallace

Over two years ago, the communities I grew up in experienced the largest and costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history. On July 25th, 2010, a pipeline owned by Canadian tar sands giant Enbridge Energy, burst–dumping more than 1 million …


The Fiscal Cliff and Ohio

12/19/2012 // By Avelino Maestas

If you’ve been reading Wildlife Promise lately, you know that the impending fiscal cliff—which includes “sequestration,” a series of automatic budget cuts that will kick in starting in January unless Congress acts—could be pretty awful for wildlife (and people, too). These cuts …

Power plant on Detroit River, Michigan Sea Grant Extension

Voting YES to Renewable Energy in Michigan

10/27/2012 // By Jennifer Janssen

The Great Lakes were too hot this summer. From Lake Michigan hitting 82 degrees in July to Lake Superior running 15 to 20 degrees above average–the lakes are showing the effects of our warming climate. The record hot waters surprised …


Enbridge Threatens Freshwater Drinking Source for Millions of People

10/18/2012 // By Beth Wallace

Today NWF released a report warning of a pipeline hazard beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Submerged in the waters where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet, more than 20 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas fluids are pumped every day …

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Video: Michigan Voters Can Vote YES on Renewable Energy

10/3/2012 // By Sarah Mullkoff

The Great Lakes are heating up, along with my desire for clean energy to end our over-dependence on dirty fuels. This summer, I was shocked to feel the impacts of climate change so close to home while swimming in Lake …