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Surfing Lee Street Beach

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

In surfing, as in bull fighting, there seem to be only two types of participants. Matadors are either insanely brave or absolute cowards.

Smelling Fishy: My Virtual Asian Carp "Interview" With the Trib's Dennis Byrne

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

I am surprised that a business-savvy guy like Dennis Byrne would pretend that he doesn't understand why we need to meet an imminent threat to the multi-billion dollar fishing industry.

World Toilet Day: A Modest Proposal

Debra Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Debra Shore

In our sanitation system, we pump water miles to our homes then we use that fresh water in catchbasins called toilets to convey our waste to a sewage treatment plant. How smart is that?

Small Plans: Why Illinois' Asian Carp Response Has Daniel Burnham Spinning in His Grave

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Our state's response to the Asian Carp crisis has been spineless politicking, obstruction, and a concerted effort to delay a real solution. It is all that is wrong with Illinois politics in a nutshell.

Dam the Carp! No more dithering on invasive species

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The news was very bad on Friday when state and Federal agencies admitted that tests show invasive Asian carp have evaded an electrical barrier intende...

Carp Crisis

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Could the re-opening of a nearly century-old case sitting before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Chicago Diversion force immediate action on the Asian carp invasion?

BP Slapdown: EPA Really is Back on the Job!

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The EPA is back: it just weighed in on the controversial BP refinery expansion on Lake Michigan and issued an objection to the lax pollution permit that Indiana had lavished on the project.

City Beaches Closed For Season

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's swim at your own risk from now until next summer. Labor Day, the traditional end-of-summer holiday, also marked the final day the Chicago Park D...

Fish Fence is a Shocking Failure: Is it Time to Zip up the Great Lakes?

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The only thing protecting Lake Michigan from the menace of a voracious invading predator that all agree will decimate the ecosystem is a quirky Rube Goldberg contraption.

Body Of Missing Boater Found On Beach

ABC |    | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The body of a suburban Chicago dentist missing since he went sailing on Lake Michigan has been found at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore....

Boater Disappears On Lake Michigan

CBS Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Dr. Steven Banks went out sailing two days ago and never came home. But his boat was found empty several miles off shore....

Study Finds Link Between Fish From Lake Michigan And Diabetes

Chicago Public Radio | Gabriel Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Scientists have known for a long time that a lot of wild-caught fish have dangerous contaminants. People who eat fish have to weigh the health benefit...

The Homeless Angel

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

My loneliness is crystal clear. I call it the Big Empty. Awareness and acceptance will have to do as my prayer.

Some Residents Resist Calls For Completing Burnham's Lakefront Plan

Chicago Public Radio | Shawn Allee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's lakefront is having a birthday of sorts. On July 4, 1909, architect Daniel Burnham unveiled a plan for continuous park space up and down the...

The Audacity of Slope, or How The River Gets Its Groove Back

Debra Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Debra Shore

One hundred and twenty years ago, no one asked, "What do we owe the Chicago River?" Yet today, making amends for past abuses seems to me to be the central biological, physical and moral challenge of our time.

BP Has a Deal it Hopes we Can't Refuse: Benzene Releases and Refinery Expansion Plans

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

BP seems to be proposing that to fix the current health-threatening pollution, they need to increase their refinery operations to refine even dirtier petroleum. Does that make any sense?

Lake Michigan Water Level Dropped A Foot: Army Engineers

NBC Chicago | Phil Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Something is happening to our beloved Lake Michigan. Scientists aren't sure what it is, but some experts believe the symptoms point to further evide...

Aqua Fina or Aqua Finite?

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karen Dionne

Recently, governors and legislatures... approved the Great Lakes Compact, a landmark agreement that bans the sale and diversion of water outside the region.

No More Free Lakefront Parking

Chicago Sun-Times | Andrew Herrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Beachgoers will no longer be able to park for free along the lakefront under the Chicago Park District's proposed budget for 2009, officials said toda...

Lake Michigan Water Safe After Flood: Officials

Daily Herald | Joseph Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nearly 100 billion gallons of flood water was set free into Lake Michigan during the weekend's historic rainfall. But those who rely on Lake Michigan...