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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...

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.

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.

"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.

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...

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...

Why Your Winter Plans Should Include a Walk on the Beach

Tom Gill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Travel
Tom Gill

When most people think of beaches, they visualize the tropics--white sand, warm water, and crowds of sunbathers. My view, however, is contrary. I enjoy exploring The Great Lakes beaches in winter, when temperatures fall well below freezing. Don't get me wrong, I love tropical beaches and warm weather. But to me, a frozen shoreline offers so much more than the typical tropical beach.

Photographing the Frozen Lighthouse

Tom Gill | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Tom Gill

In fact, in late November of this year, an early arctic weather pattern turned the Midwest cold and windy - the perfect ingredients for iced lighthouses on the Great Lakes. When I arrived at the lighthouse, my expectations were correct. This was the earliest I can remember, where the outer lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan was completely covered in ice. As a rule, mid to late December is the typical time for icing -cold, windy, and the lake is still liquid. Any later, and Lake Michigan tends to freeze over, and the splashing and spray are suppressed, so the lighthouses don't ice up.

Photographer Captures Stunning Photos Of Frozen Lighthouse As Winter Approaches

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green

Winter has definitely arrived in the Great Lakes region, dumping dangerous amounts of snow on western New York, but bringing some beauty as well. On t...

America's Last Coal-Fired Ship Finally Stops Dumping Coal Ash Into Lake Michigan

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green

The 2014 season for Lake Michigan's only coal-powered passenger and car ferry comes to a close Sunday, signaling the end of the controversial practice...

From the Fishing Boat to the Classroom

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

When it comes to teaching, there are two sides: the part that we sign up for (engagement, relationships, imparting wisdom, etc.) and the "necessary evils" (lesson planning, grading, meetings, supervision, etc.) that we can all do without.

Route 66 Here We Come!

Mary Anne Erickson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Erickson

When I started this fundraising effort, I had no idea I would be devoting the ride and my desire for a cure to Claudia -- but now I feel a tremendous desire to help eradicate this horrible disease.

10 Beaches That Will Make You Want To Visit The Great Lakes Immediately

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.09.2015 | Travel

Here's a problem we love to have: too many stunning beaches to choose from. That's the constant conundrum with the Great Lakes

Nasty: Another Chicago River Re-Reversal Highlights Need for Climate Action

Henry Henderson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

From 2007 through 2013, records show, the district released nearly 32 billion gallons of runoff and wastewater into the lake. By contrast, 12 billion gallons poured out from 1985 through 2006, the year the Deep Tunnel sewer pipes were completed.

Windy City Happening: Dillo Day 2014 at Northwestern (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 08.09.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Northwestern University's Mayfest organization hosted its 42nd annual Dillo Day along the shores of Lake Michigan last week to an estimated crowd of over 9,000 attendees.

Gargantuan Fog Cloud Swallows Lake Michigan, Shows Mother Nature Means Business

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green

In the movies, when a huge cloud of fog creeps closer and closer, it usually means the heroes should run. But when two fishermen saw the real-life ver...

'New Geological Phenomenon' May Have Been Found In Indiana

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green

Mysterious holes that were discovered at an Indiana sand dune last year -- and which nearly swallowed a child -- will keep a Lake Michigan park closed...

Nude Body May Have Lain Frozen On Beach For Months

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

Three bikers riding on a remote Lake Michigan beach never expected to come across a dead body -- so when they did, they weren't even sure that's what ...

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.