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Closing EPA's Great Lakes Office Would Put Nation's Water At Risk, Dems Warn Scott Pruitt

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.26.2017 | Politics

CHICAGO ― Fifty-one million jobs, 90 percent of the U.S. freshwater supply and many Superfund sites could be jeopardized if the Environmental Protec...

Trump Proposal To Gut Great Lakes Funding Could Allow Pollution To Flourish

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics

DETROIT ― The Trump administration’s reported proposal to slash Environmental Protection Agency funding could spell major problems for the Great L...

The Great Lakes Have Become A Dumping Ground For Millions Of Pounds Of Plastic

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.29.2016 | Green

About 21.8 million pounds of plastic flow into the Great Lakes each year, new research from the Rochester Institute of Technology shows. Lead author M...

I'm Gonna Be (310 Miles): This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.18.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 1987, The Proclaimers claimed they'd walk 500 miles, and then 500 more, just to fall down at your door. While this song is a request of road trip t...

A Brief Introduction To Water Law

Brad Reid | Posted 08.09.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Fresh drinkable water is an essential but limited resource. This comment provides a brief and incomplete educational introduction to water law. Always...

Why toxic algae blooms like Florida's are so dangerous to people and wildlife

The Conversation US | Posted 07.20.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

By Ernst B. Peebles, University of South Florida Reported cases of algal blooms, when algae grow rapidly from an influx of nutrients in waterways, ha...

How We're Fighting Conflict and Fragility Where Poverty is Deepest

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

View from cave, Mali. © Curt Carnemark/World Bank For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen bel...

Earth Day Scorecard for a Greener Chicago

Howard Learner | Posted 04.23.2017 | Chicago
Howard Learner

Clean air, clean water, cleaner energy and fewer toxics are important values shared by all Chicagoans. This Earth Day, let's be proud of our progress, and let's seize opportunities to advance a cleaner, greener and safer community that works for all.

Great Lakes Commission Discusses Important Regional Issues at Semi-Annual Meeting in Washington

Roger Germann | Posted 03.16.2017 | Green
Roger Germann

Photo by Great Lakes Commission (@GLCommission) Shedd Aquarium had several of our team members in Washington at the end of February, all working towa...

Michigan's Congressional Hopefuls Worry About The Next Flint

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were duking it out on the debate stage in Flint, Michigan, o...

Watch Ice Stack Like Shards Of Glass On Lake Superior

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.19.2016 | Travel

Well here's something you don't see every winter. The above video shows the supremely dazzling effect of ice stacking on Lake Superior's Minnesota sh...

5 Ways to Love the Great Lakes This Valentine's Day

Roger Germann | Posted 02.11.2017 | Green
Roger Germann

There are a variety of ways to keep the lakes great this winter, even when our climate is changing.

Great Lakes Triumph as Microbead-Free Waters Act Signed into Law

Roger Germann | Posted 12.30.2016 | Green
Roger Germann

The banning of microbeads is incredible news for the Great Lakes' future. Within these five bodies of water, 80 percent of all pollution is from plastics - be it microbeads or plastic water bottles.

Lighthouses Battered by 20 Foot Waves

Tom Gill | Posted 11.19.2016 | 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 tempera...

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

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.03.2016 | 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 known...

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

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 11.03.2016 | 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 10.18.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.17.2016 | 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 being kicked o...

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

Roger Germann | Posted 08.17.2016 | 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 07.02.2016 | 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 06.26.2016 | 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.