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Surging Great Lakes water levels shrink beaches, flood docks in Michigan

Surging Great Lakes water levels shrink beaches, flood docks in Michigan

June 5, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A few years after record lows, Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Superior broke records for average water heights in May

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Here's how your ideas could help save Lake Superior's Buffalo Reef

Here's how your ideas could help save Lake Superior's Buffalo Reef

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan officials are mulling how to thwart millions of tons of mining waste threatening to smother Buffalo Reef, a vital spawning ground for lake trout and whitefish. Here’s your chance to offer feedback. 

Michigan, Great Lakes at risk for oil spills beyond Line 5, report says

Michigan, Great Lakes at risk for oil spills beyond Line 5, report says

December 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

As Michigan lawmakers race to create a deal to protect Line 5, a new report flags 15 areas across the Great Lakes where habitats are vulnerable to oil spills.

Great Lakes drownings peaked in 2018. And the year’s not over.

Great Lakes drownings peaked in 2018. And the year’s not over.

November 2, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A safety advocacy group has tracked 728 Great Lakes drownings since 2010, including 105 in the first 10 months of 2018.

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The Buffalo Reef in the Keweenaw Peninsula teems with lake trout and whitefish. But a mountain of waste from a closed mine is slowly seeping into the water, prompting a desperate search for a solution.

Lake Erie’s algae bloom is growing again after paralyzing Toledo water system

Lake Erie’s algae bloom is growing again after paralyzing Toledo water system

August 22, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Fueled by farm runoff, harmful algal blooms continue to grow in Western Lake Erie, and climate change may make them even more intense. An expert explains the problem and how it could be addressed.

How Michiganders made Grand Traverse Bay beaches cleaner

How Michiganders made Grand Traverse Bay beaches cleaner

July 24, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Beach closures are a big deal near Traverse City, which thrives on tourism. So a nonprofit made it its mission to reduce them

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

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’

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.

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Land O Links

June 27, 2013 | Derek Melot

Land O Links

Land O Links

June 20, 2013 | Derek Melot

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