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Lighthouses Battered by 20 Foot Waves

Tom Gill | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel
Tom Gill

November in the Great Lakes region of the United States is a time of transition - warm to cold, lush to bare, colorful to dull. The changes in tempe...

Discovering the Thousand Islands in New York State and Ontario, Canada

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

One of the most memorable travel experiences I could imagine would be discovering a place on the planet of extraordinary beauty that I had never kn...

Always Dreamed Of Being A Lighthouse Keeper? Here's Your Chance.

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 11.03.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Carpenter

Lighthouse lore and allure is hard to resist, which is why many baby boomers have a lighthouse tour or two on their beloved bucket lists. Few folks know, though, that you can not only tour lighthouses, but that can keep lighthouses, too.

Ballast Water Battle in DC and Federal Court

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

To be clear, the industry does not want debate on this issue because they do not want public involvement at all.

Burundi in Crisis

Tom Perriello | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Tom Perriello

As world leaders gather this week for the United Nations General Assembly, a crisis gaining little international attention may offer a big lesson on foreign policy.

Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: The Power of Urban Parks

Roger Germann | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

With six distinct ecosystems, a 5-acre lagoon and 150 different native plants, the newest green space in Chicago will become a haven for birds and insects to thrive, making their presence known to pedestrians taking advantage of the trail that circles the park.

Senator Kirk: Polluting Water Bodies Connected to the Great Lakes = Polluting the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

This is reminiscent of his 180 on climate change too: going from a supporter of bold action to someone who has tried to kill essential domestic cuts on the carbon pollution at the heart of the problem.

CFPB Probes Education Department Loan Contractors Over Potentially Faulty Practices

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

The federal consumer bureau on Monday launched an industry-wide investigation to determine why borrowers with federal student loans are bein...

Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: Rest, Relaxation and a Respect for Recreation

Roger Germann | Posted 08.17.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

From pictures of friends bringing their newborns to the beaches of Lake Eerie for the first time, or family posing for photos at a beach barbecue, the lakes serve as an important reminder of the memories they can make simply by allowing us to enjoy them.

The Upper Peninsula Is Totally Underrated, And Here's Proof

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.03.2015 | Travel

In Marquette, a remote Michigan beach town further north than some parts of Canada, the only thing more enchanting and boundless than the views of Lak...

5 Summer Getaways on the Great Lakes (You've Probably Never Heard Of)

Hipmunk | Posted 07.02.2015 | Travel

The Great Lakes may be America's best-kept secret as a vacation destination. And while Midwesterners have been vacationing on some of the world's largest freshwater lakes for ages, the rest of the world has some catching up to do.

Senator Kirk, If You Are Not Addressing Climate Change, You Are Not Addressing the Health of the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Throughout his time in Congress, he has cast himself as a defender of the Great Lakes. But a decisive vote to prevent the EPA from enforcing efforts to cut carbon pollution puts Senator Kirk in the camp of folks trying to kill the most essential tool to safeguard the Lakes over the long-term.

Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: The Power of Cooperation in Policymaking

Roger Germann | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

The Great Lakes connect more than 40 million people who live in the region through shared coastlines and drinking water, a trillion-dollar economy, and governmental partnerships.

Samantha Lachman

This Aging Oil Pipeline Is In Great Lakes' 'Worst Possible Place' For A Spill | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Environmental activists say Michigan’s tourism slogan -- “Pure Michigan” -- may no longer be accurate unless the state takes stronger action to ...

"Spring" Into Action: Prevent Sewer Overflows and Keep the Lakes Great

Roger Germann | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

Spring on the Great Lakes is a time when the ice covering the lakes melts, snowfall is gradually replaced by rainfall, and below the surface of the lakes, migratory fish start their move towards the rivers and streams where they'll spawn.

The Route To These Ice Caves Is Treacherous, But The Views Are Totally Worth It

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Green

More than 11,000 people traveled to the far reaches of chilly Wisconsin this weekend, trekking for miles down a road and across the treacherous ice of...

All Roads Lead to the Great Lakes: How Invasive Species Get Here & Ways You Can Help

Roger Germann | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

For anglers, sometimes bait is the key to a catch, but did you ever stop to think that your bait could become an invader?

'Worst Winter Ever': Get Out There and Enjoy It!

Kevin Richberg | Posted 04.28.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

The amount of energy extracted in freezing portions of one of the world's three greatest waterfalls boggles the mind. But there it is, segments of the American Falls (and columns of the Horseshoe Falls) frozen in time, literally.

This Field Of Otherworldly Sand Spires Was Carved By Wind

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts

A blizzard may have thwarted photographer Joshua Nowicki’s Valentine’s Day plans with his wife, but it didn’t stop him from venturing out with h...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

These Photos Capture The Little-Known Beauty Of Lake Michigan In Winter | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.28.2015 | Green

In the height of winter, most people would be hesitant to spend the day at the beach. But nature lovers willing to brave the bitter cold and blustery ...

Frozen Sentinels of Southern Lake Michigan

Tom Gill | Posted 03.23.2015 | Travel
Tom Gill

Winter grips the Great Lakes region of the United States, and that grip has once again manifested itself on the lighthouses that dot the shore of southern Lake Michigan.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Lake Michigan's Ice Boulders Are Back, And Some Say They're Bigger Than Ever | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green

One of the oddest phenomena to roll up on the shores of the Great Lakes has returned. Ice balls -- frozen orbs formed in winter waves -- have again...

The Winter Shore: Beautiful But Potentially Deadly

Tom Gill | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Tom Gill

Impressive scenes of frozen lighthouses and arctic-like icescapes draw visitors to the shores of the Great Lakes each winter. This winter wonderland, ...

Resolve to Protect the Great Lakes in 2015

Roger Germann | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

I was humbled and honored to be appointed, in 2013, to the Great Lakes Advisory Board tasked with crafting this new action plan to put this second round of GLRI funding to best use.

A Nuclear Power Plant Leaked Oil Into Lake Michigan For Up To 2 Months Straight

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green

A leak at a nuclear power plant went undetected for weeks, allowing up to 2,000 gallons of oil to flow into Lake Michigan. Staff at the Cook Nuclea...