Great Lakes


Flooding, bacteria prompt mass beach closures throughout U.P., Michigan

July 24, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A month after the catastrophic floods, advisories or closures remain in place at 17 beaches in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula where high levels of bacteria have been detected.

Listen: Bridge discusses Great Lakes drowning ‘epidemic’

June 15, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Dozens drown every year in the Great Lakes, and most Michigan beaches lack lifeguards. Hear an interview of Bridge Magazine discussing the problem.

Great Lakes drownings an ‘epidemic.’ Meet a Michigan man obsessed with ending them.

May 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

At least 640 people have drowned on the Great Lakes since 2010. We know that because of Bob Pratt, a former East Lansing fire marshal who’s on a mission to make Great Lakes beaches safer.

Swim at your own risk. Most Michigan beaches lack lifeguards

May 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan towns along the Great Lakes have eliminated lifeguards at public beaches in recent years, increasing risks, safety advocates say. In New Buffalo, officials briefly considered the idea. Then came the backlash.

How to survive rip currents and other Great Lakes drowning dangers (video)

May 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Dozens die each year in waters that can be fiercer than oceans. Most are men. Most aren’t wearing life jackets. Those aren’t the only surprises.

Green grows the algae bloom, and not enough is being done about it

July 28, 2017 | Bill Richardson

Unsightly and unhealthy, algae blooms imperil drinking water for entire cities. There’s a plan to address them, but no timeline or resource estimate. In other words, not much.

Environmental cuts could hobble Pure Michigan

June 22, 2017 | Ron French

Despite broad public support for protecting Michigan’s natural beauty, state and federal budget cuts may stall projects in a state that, after the Flint water disaster, has become synonymous with environmental risk.

The Great Lakes are no place for fish farming, but there might be one nearby

February 3, 2017 | Jim Olson

We can’t pollute our greatest resource with what amounts to untreated sewage. Fish farming is sustainable and safe in better-chosen places – like urban-farming Detroit, perhaps.

Land O Links

June 27, 2013 | Derek Melot

Land O Links

June 20, 2013 | Derek Melot

Land O Links

May 13, 2013 | Derek Melot

Land O Links

April 25, 2013 | Derek Melot