Great Lakes

Great Lakes States Show Leadership in Development of PFAS Policies

With over 3,000 PFAS-contaminated sites in the U.S., these forever chemicals are a nationwide problem. But if you looked at a map of the known contamination across the country, the … Read more

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Taking Stock of the Algal Soup

I’ve been sailing on Lake Erie for over twenty years, which incidentally coincides with the reemergence of toxic algal blooms. I’ve seen algal blooms large and small, of varying degrees … Read more

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Closing the Door on Invasive Species

Many years ago, a friend and I landed our boat on the beach at Sterling Park on Lake Erie. Setting up decoys to hunt for waterfowl, we stepped into the chilly … Read more

New NWF Film Explores the Risk of Invasive Carp to the Great Lakes and the Effort to Stop Them

On one set of starting blocks, picture the mass of invasive carp occupying the Mississippi River system and its tributaries, moving ever North in search of the food resources necessary … Read more

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Enbridge and Canada’s Attack on Water Rights to Keep Line 5 Open

Canada is standing with Enbridge to dismantle core State and Tribal rights to protect land and water in an attack that impacts all states and all Indigenous Nations across the … Read more

Chemicals of Emerging Concern in the Great Lakes: The Imperative for Additional Action

The Great Lakes play a critical role in providing drinking water, transportation, recreation, and livelihoods for the millions of people in the Great Lakes basin. Yet, the health of the … Read more

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Great Lakes Indicators Can Benefit from Broader Stakeholder Input

How are the Great Lakes doing? This question arises often, both inside and outside the region. We have fortunately a group of environmental indicators that can go a long way … Read more

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The Mississippi Blues

Ain’t nothing like a good down-home southern band playing some good ol’ southern music along the river. Imagine sitting outside under your favorite tree, listening to your favorite hometown artist … Read more

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PFAS Are Contaminating Our Fish – What This Means and What We Should Do About It

If you enjoy fishing, you have probably come across signs by lakes or streams recommending that you limit your consumption of certain fish—or even avoid eating them altogether. You may … Read more

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Five Lakes, Two Countries…and One Ecosystem

A Healthy Dose of Binational Cooperation If you look at a map of our five Great Lakes, you’ll see a line running through the middle of four of them, marking … Read more