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Asian Carp an Issue in 2012 Federal Budget Debate

12/6/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

Asian carp, the menacing invasive fish that rocket out of the water and are on the verge of storming the Great Lakes, have apparently captured the attention of Congress. Finally. The invasive fish could be part of the U.S. Senate’s …

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Mercury Impacts to Loons & Michigan Lakes Draws Thousands of Conservationists & Anglers

12/3/2011 // By Jennifer Janssen

Scientist Dave Evers has been studying loons in Michigan’s Seney National Wildlife Refuge impacted by mercury pollution since the late 1980s. He found mercury contamination in the very first loons he tested and since then has studied over 5,000 of …

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Bringing the Great Lakes Home

12/2/2011 // By NWF

Jennifer Hill serves as the Great Lakes Restoration Field Manager in the Great Lakes Natural Resource Center of the National Wildlife Federation.  I’ve Chosen My Cause, What’s Yours? Yesterday, I was able to bring a little piece of the Great …

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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 …


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, …

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 …

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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 …


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 …

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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 …

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 …