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Healing Our Waters Program moves Great Lakes Restoration Forward

2/3/2012 // By Celia Haven

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has been a critical boost to restoring the Great Lakes. It has already led to significant results – restoring wetland habitats and removing contaminated sediments, and keeping beaches open for recreation. There are organizations …


Study offers a solution to Asian carp crisis facing the Great Lakes

1/31/2012 // By Jeff Alexander

The debate over how best to halt the movement of Asian carp and other invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin will likely reach a fever pitch in the coming weeks. The reason: The Great Lakes Commission …

Asian Carp Study Proves We Can Win this Battle and Protect The Great Lakes

1/31/2012 // By Marc Smith

A new study released today shows that separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to stop the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species is not only possible, but also critical to improve and enhance Chicago’s water infrastructure and …

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From the Great Lakes to Coastal Louisiana: Climate Change Will Affect Everyone

1/30/2012 // By Celia Haven

I spent last week in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting. The Great Lakes Regional Center‘s Adaptation Program Manager Melinda Koslow and I traveled to the Big Easy to learn about climate change programs around the country …


Study Prompts Calls for Immediate Action on Asian Carp

1/16/2012 // By Jeff Alexander

Two U.S. senators are calling for immediate action to halt the spread of Asian carp in light of a new study that found the invasive fish could thrive in three of Ohio’s largest rivers. Asian carp were imported to Arkansas …

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It’s Time to Renew America’s Commitment to Clean Water

1/11/2012 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

Our nation’s investment in clean water began forty years ago with the 1972 Clean Water Act – a bi-partisan congressional commitment to end the flagrant pollution of rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Republicans and Democrats alike recognized that to clean …


Nature and Wildlife Help City of Tucson Connect One Year After Tragedy

1/6/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

The goal is to commemorate, celebrate and commit. This weekend thousands of Tucsonans will gather to do just that while memorializing friends and family lost in the tragic violence on January 8, 2011. Only one year ago, that horrific day …

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Plan Underway to Connect Michigan Kids With ‘M.O.R.E.’ Nature

12/21/2011 // By Max Greenberg

Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes, and its 57,000 square miles boast nearly 100 parks and recreation areas, from the beaches of McClain State Park on the shore of Lake Superior in the …

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Observations from a Camp Counselor: Kids Need Natural Play

12/20/2011 // By NWF

Maddie Caldwell is an education intern at the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center and a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Environmental Science with a specialization in sustainable development and environmental stewardship. She developed a passion …


Great Lakes region targeted for nuclear waste dumps

12/19/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

The Great Lakes region, the center of the freshwater universe, could become home to central repositories for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants across the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. and Canadian governments are both studying the possibility of …