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As Great Lakes rise, less sand for Michigan beachgoers during coronavirus

As Great Lakes rise, less sand for Michigan beachgoers during coronavirus

May 14, 2020 | Kelly House

Record-breaking Great Lakes water levels already wreak havoc on Michigan’s coastline. Now, they’re creating a new problem: How to maintain social distance at beaches reduced to a sliver of sand?

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

February 11, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Polling by The Center for Michigan of more than 3,100 residents shows broad support for increased regulations to protect waterways and heightened anxieties about their safety.

Michigan’s cherished Great Lakes, clean waters face threats from all sides

Michigan’s cherished Great Lakes, clean waters face threats from all sides

February 10, 2020 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Flint was a wake-up call about access to clean water. Since that crisis, numerous new threats have emerged to Michigan’s waterways, from PFAS to corporate extractions.

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates’ plans for water quality, climate change and other environmental issues could have major effects on Michigan.

Loving this mild Michigan winter? Outdoor enthusiasts sure aren’t.

Loving this mild Michigan winter? Outdoor enthusiasts sure aren’t.

February 3, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Michigan’s tepid winter is stressing ski hills, snowmobile clubs, sporting good stores and restaurants alike. Get used to it. This could be the new normal with climate change, experts say.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

January 21, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

State regulators have changed daily catch limits for Michigan’s state fish four times since 2017 as they try to balance conservation concerns against the frustration of many Upper Peninsula anglers.

Michigan environmental roundup: Lawmakers tackle moose hunts, water shutoffs

Michigan environmental roundup: Lawmakers tackle moose hunts, water shutoffs

January 21, 2020 | Monica Williams

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

A U-M researcher gets public’s help tracking deadly balloons in the Great Lakes

A U-M researcher gets public’s help tracking deadly balloons in the Great Lakes

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

What goes up must come down, and balloon debris is killing wildlife, says Lara O'Brien. She launched a survey in June that’s already found more than 1,000 pieces of balloons along Michigan’s Great Lakes — as far away as Isle Royale.

Opinion | Cleanup of Great Lakes pollution hot spots is good for economy

Opinion | Cleanup of Great Lakes pollution hot spots is good for economy

September 6, 2019 | John Hartig

Cleaning up the mess we’ve made of our waterways isn’t just the right thing to do; it helps revitalize communities.

Algae is again fouling Lake Erie. Thanks a lot, Ohio.

Algae is again fouling Lake Erie. Thanks a lot, Ohio.

September 6, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

As water quality fears rise, many Michigan farmers are doing their part to stem the flow of algae-producing nutrients, widespread measures that Ohio can only dream of.

Audit: Michigan Office of the Great Lakes didn't keep track of money

Audit: Michigan Office of the Great Lakes didn't keep track of money

August 30, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The government agency is supposed to restore wetlands, but hasn’t updated action plans for years and failed to keep tabs on grants, an audit finds.

Rising waters of Lake Michigan assault Grand Traverse coast. In photos.

Rising waters of Lake Michigan assault Grand Traverse coast. In photos.

August 28, 2019 | John L. Russell

Vanishing beaches. Swamped piers. Snapped concrete. Near-record high waters battered the scenic peninsula from Traverse City to Leland.

Battle looms over laws to slow spread of invasive species in Great Lakes

Battle looms over laws to slow spread of invasive species in Great Lakes

August 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Ballast water regulations have limited the introduction of new species in the Great Lakes, but new research shows they may be spread by domestic freighters. The shipping industry claims new rules would cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

All eyes on Grand Traverse Bay as deadline looms for tribal fishing decree

All eyes on Grand Traverse Bay as deadline looms for tribal fishing decree

August 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A consent decree that carves out fishing rights in the Great Lakes for five Michigan tribes is set to expire next August and negotiations have yet to start with the state. The outcome could shape fisheries for decades.

Study: Asian carp could thrive in Lake Michigan, despite earlier doubts

Study: Asian carp could thrive in Lake Michigan, despite earlier doubts

August 12, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

 A new University of Michigan study found that voracious bighead carp could survive in wider areas of Lake Michigan than previously thought. The findings loudened calls for Congress to approve a $778 million barrier to prevent the invasive fish from jeopardizing the Great Lakes’ $7 billion commercial fishery. 

Before debates, Gretchen Whitmer urges Democrats to protect Great Lakes

Before debates, Gretchen Whitmer urges Democrats to protect Great Lakes

July 29, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Joining fellow Democratic governors in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Michigan’s governor urges presidential hopefuls to protect the Great Lakes by backing proposals that would improve water quality and thwart invasive species. 

Commercial fishing is sinking fast in Michigan. Time for more regulations?

Commercial fishing is sinking fast in Michigan. Time for more regulations?

June 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Sportfishing is booming in Michigan, while fewer than two dozen commercial businesses tie their livelihoods to the Great Lakes. The industry has a rich heritage, but some say it’s time to ‘pull the plug on the horse and carriage industry.’

Invasive mussels challenge commercial whitefish fishing in the Great Lakes

Invasive mussels challenge commercial whitefish fishing in the Great Lakes

June 24, 2019 | Kurt Williams

The spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels in the Great Lakes has wreaked havoc on Great Lakes food chains.  They may be behind a startling decline in whitefish, the most valuable stock for fishermen.

Surging Great Lakes threaten Michigan’s beloved Fishtown

Surging Great Lakes threaten Michigan’s beloved Fishtown

June 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Heavy rains are taking a toll on the collection of fishing shanties in the Leelanau Peninsula, eroding some buildings and flooding others. That’s accelerating a fundraising effort to preserve the buildings.

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