great lakes

Great Lakes Pipeline Dispute Highlights a Broader Energy Dilemma

Great Lakes Pipeline Dispute Highlights a Broader Energy Dilemma

By Douglas Bessette A deal involving an aging oil pipeline in Michigan reflects the complex decisions communities across the country need to make to balance the needs for energy and safety with efforts to deal with climate change. Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge, a Canadian company, have reached an agreement over a leak-prone pipeline that […]

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    Five Migrating Birds That May Stop in Your Yard

    Five Migrating Birds That May Stop in Your Yard

    By Jane Kirchner Right now, more than a 150 species of birds are on their way northward from tropical wintering grounds to take advantage of emerging insects, budding plants and an abundance of nesting locations. While larger birds tend to travel during daylight hours, songbirds and smaller species fly at night and will stop off […]

    Microplastics Pollute Rivers and Lakes, Too

    Microplastics Pollute Rivers and Lakes, Too

    By Kennedy Bucci and Chelsea Rochman When you think of microplastic pollution, plastic debris less than five millimeters in size, you likely envision the ocean—probably because ocean gyres gained notoriety for being a microplastic soup. But what about our lakes, rivers, forests and fields? They can be just as contaminated with microplastic debris as the […]

    Fear and Fury in Michigan Town Where Air Force Contaminated Water

    Fear and Fury in Michigan Town Where Air Force Contaminated Water

    By Brett Walton Anthony Spaniola knew something was off with his town’s water. He read accounts in the Detroit Free Press and attended community meetings hosted by state health and environment agencies. Until last summer Spaniola was concerned but didn’t think the situation was out of control. Then he saw foam on Van Etten Lake. […]

    Can the Great Lakes Become Fishable, Drinkable and Swimmable Again?

    Can the Great Lakes Become Fishable, Drinkable and Swimmable Again?

    By Susan Cosier As Mark Mattson waited to speak to Canada’s minister for the environment, Catherine McKenna, about the Great Lakes last December, he could feel the weight of the 184-page report he carried in his shoulder bag. At the Toronto meeting, McKenna asked Mattson, founder and president of the Lake Ontario arm of the […]

    Beauty and Despair Collide in These Murals of the Great Lakes

    Beauty and Despair Collide in These Murals of the Great Lakes

    By Clara Chaisson With loons and trout alongside allegorical monsters, the fantastical murals at the center of artist Alexis Rockman’s new exhibition don’t just look like a dream sequence; they are a dream come true. Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle emerged out of a 2013 phone call with Rockman’s longtime friend and collaborator Dana […]

    Environmental Groups Blast Michigan Officials for ‘Trust’ in Pipeline Operator

    Environmental Groups Blast Michigan Officials for ‘Trust’ in Pipeline Operator

    Environmental groups are attacking an agreement between Michigan and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge, Inc. that set a timeline to determine the future of a controversial pipeline running across a channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan come together. The 645-mile pipeline, Line 5, lies at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile-long environmentally […]