Author: Mitch Barrows

Canadian Freshwater Assessment Highlights Great Lakes Among Most Threatened

Posted on October 2, 2017 by

Guest blog post by Anuja Kapoor — Policy-makers face the facts about the at-risk integrity of one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystems. This year marked the first national assessment of Canada’s abundant freshwater ecosystems in decades, encompassing 25 watersheds across Canada (and 167 sub-watersheds). The making of the assessment began four years ago through the effort […]

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When Sewer System Fails, MI House Wants to Hand You the Cleanup Bill

Posted on September 26, 2017 by

Many Michigan families know what it’s like to wake up after a thunderstorm to find their homes flooded with rainwater and raw sewage. The cleanup is costly and time consuming, and because it’s almost always the result of outdated city infrastructure, homeowners can’t prevent it. A new bill in the Michigan House leaves home and […]

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A Great Lakes Water War: Nestlé, the Great Lakes Compact, and the Future of Freshwater

Posted on September 18, 2017 by

Each day, 4.8 million bottles of water leave Nestlé’s packaging plant in Stanwood, Michigan and  end up neatly stacked one-by-one in gas station coolers across the Midwest. If you’ve sipped from an Ice Mountain-branded bottle in the last decade, you’ve sampled a tiny fraction of the 3.4 billion gallons that’s been pumped from nine wells […]

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Wisconsin Considers Repeal of Popular “Prove It First” Mining Law

Posted on September 13, 2017 by

Open-pit sulfide mines expose sensitive sulfide rock formations that release devastating and long-lasting pollution when mixed with water. Wisconsinites—tell your legislators to vote no on repealing “Prove It First.” Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) introduced a bill that would effectively rescind the state’s “Prove It First” law.  This landmark legislation requires mining corporations to […]

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Take Action: Say No to Nuclear Waste Site on Lake Huron

Posted on August 31, 2017 by

Tell Prime Minister Trudeau, Ontario Premier Wynne, and Minister McKenna (Environment and Climate Change) to reject the proposed nuclear waste site on the shore of Lake Huron. Take action here (U.S.) and here (Canada).  Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) much maligned and delayed plan to build a nuclear waste depository near the shore of Lake Huron hit […]

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Lake Erie Sustains Local Businesses

Posted on August 28, 2017 by

Just outside the gates of Rondeau Provincial Park is a pub and restaurant called Rondeau Joe’s. With a variety of beers on tap, a patio and a full marina out back, and a breathtaking view of the sunset over Rondeau Bay, there’s no better place to spend a summer evening by Lake Erie. Paul Trudell […]

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Wisconsin Deserves a Better Deal

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

Wisconsin residents — contact your legislators and ask them to preserve long-standing environmental protections. Tell them to resist the call to approve this deal before all of the risks and opportunities it presents are fully researched and understood. Foxconn—maker of iPhones and electronic components—recently announced plans to construct a sprawling facility in southeast Wisconsin. This […]

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Leading a Life Dependent on the Lake

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

When most people are just waking up for work, Todd Loop is already out on Lake Erie reeling in his first catch of the day. For the past 37 years, this has been a regular day for him. After graduating high school, Todd became a commercial fisherman and hasn’t looked back. Today, he is the […]

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