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Video: Ecologist Turns Advocate After Enbridge Disaster

11/30/2011 // By Jennifer Janssen

“Having this [Enbridge] oil spill come down through a watershed where we’ve been working to clean up old pollution for a long time now…for me it was a punch in the gut.” Jeff Spoelstra coordinates Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, an […] Read more >

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Bravely Standing Up For Her Children and Community – How an Oil Spill Transformed One Woman’s Life

11/30/2011 // By Carla Brown

As parents, we want to make sure our children feel safe and inspired. We want them to embrace life and jump at opportunity. When terrible things happen in the world, it is challenging to know what to say. In 2010, […] Read more >

Big Changes for Santa Claus

11/28/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

HO HO HO! Santa Claus is coming to town in just a few weeks. As we, hopefully, behave well to make the “nice” list and bake our delicious cookies to be left with milk, I wanted to take a moment […] Read more >

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Giving Thanks for Changes that Benefit the Great Lakes

11/21/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

Many Americans will eagerly sit down for Thanksgiving Dinner, only to be put on the spot by a well-intentioned but misguided host. “Before we eat,” the host will announce, “I’d like to go around the table and have everyone say […] Read more >

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Trash the Great Lakes? GOP Has an App for That

11/18/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives recently did the Great Lakes a huge disservice. The GOP-led House passed a Coast Guard authorization bill that contained two bad amendments: Weak ballast water regulations, which will allow ocean freighters to carry […] Read more >

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Enbridge Tar Sands Oil Spill Disaster in the Kalamazoo River is Worse than Originally Reported

11/16/2011 // By Beth Wallace

On November 9th, the U.S. EPA updated their webpage to reflect the latest recovery efforts for the Enbridge tar sands oil spill.  It is now being reported that well over 1.1 million gallons of tar sands oil has been recovered from […] Read more >

Invasive Species Removal Inspires Action

11/10/2011 // By Rachel Neuenfeldt

Last Saturday, I spent the afternoon waist deep in thorn thickets sawing down growths of the invasive autumn olive shrubs. Manual labor was not in my plans when I signed up to attend a field trip for my conservation biology […] Read more >

Rehabiliting Lake Erie Wetlands Part One

11/8/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

Wetlands are a vital key to the water quality of the Great Lakes. They act as “filters” for pollutants or debris that might compromise our drinking water, beach health and the habitat for fish and wildlife. Since human settlement in […] Read more >

Great Veteran’s Day Movie Pick: Beat Big Oil, Drive Clean

11/7/2011 // By Frank Szollosi

Just in time for Veteran’s Day weekend comes a major motion picture that shows how the world’s drivers will end their reliance on Big Oil – and, I and many others believe, stop wars fueled by our thirst for petroleum. […] Read more >

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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 >