Great Lakes

Get cracking on Metro Detroit freight hub

(Originally published July 13, 2011)   This may sound too good to be true, but it is true: Michigan could easily transform itself into a global freight gateway that could create more than 200,000 jobs and add billions in economic activity. And […]

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“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way” – Thomas Jefferson. * Will salmon fishing become a tale of bygone days […]

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“The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do” – Benjamin Disraeli, 19th century British prime minister, author and noted clothes horse. * The New York Times Magazine visits […]

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Guest column: Silent invaders threaten our waters

By Patty Birkholz/Michigan Office of Great Lakes During these cold wintry days, you may not be thinking about invasive species. Maybe you should be. While we await warmer weather — the type conducive to walking beaches, boating or swimming on our inland […]

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“I have approximate answers and possible beliefs in different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything, and of many things I don’t know anything about, but I don’t have to know an answer” — Richard Feynman, […]

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“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not” – Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist. * Ice in […]

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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” – James Madison, “Father of the Constitution” and fourth president of the United States. * The overall student […]

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Guest column: Invasive species burden Michigan, region with tens of millions in costs

By Helen Taylor/Nature Conservancy Tiny mussels that wash up on beaches and attach to boats, piers and underwater pipes. Mats of vegetation that blanket lakes and take the fun out of boating, fishing and water-skiing. Tall grasses that invade shorelines, blocking lake […]

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“Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify” – Ambrose Bierce, 19th century American writer. * Owners of charter boats and ferries all around the Great Lakes are either having to curtail their passenger loads or upgrade their […]

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Guest column: Five ways to be a Great Lakes ‘steward’

By Patty Birkholz/Office of the Great Lakes In today’s technological age, there is a documented societal disconnect from nature known as the “nature deficit.” As a result, this disconnect has the potential for unfortunate and adverse effects on the Great Lakes, both […]

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“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone” – John F. Kennedy. * The way people speak around […]

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Green gunk visits Mich.’s ‘most beautiful place’

EMPIRE — Ron Long recently visited one of his favorite beaches at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, only to find it marred by dark green algae that clouded the water and piled up on the sand. “This is the worst I’ve ever […]

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“Doubt grows with knowledge” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 18th century German poet. * Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, has filed a bill that would address what he termed “economic stonewalling” from government agencies confronted with Freedom of Information Act requests from the public. […]

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Water expert says conservation is in Michigan’s future

The Great Lakes could reach record low water levels next year. With the state’s defining natural features dropping after a hot, dry summer, Bridge asked Alan Steinman, president of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University and a leader […]

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Guest column: Michigan will spend for better state

By John Austin/Michigan Economic Center Over a year ago a set of citizens, leaders and organizations came together in the Michigan Economic Center to tap Michigan citizen’s ideas about how to move our economy forward. Our motivation was a belief that foundational […]

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Nervously watching Michigan’s beach expansions

The joke among the people who share the Lake Huron cove on which our summer home sits is that the township may soon try to tax us on the extra land we’ve all been acquiring in recent years. This is not property […]

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*Two Michigan suburbs are ranked in the top 10 nationally for offering the best in the way of suburban life. Hint: One is in metro Grand Rapids and one is in metro Detroit. Click through to see if your guess was right. […]

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Guest commentary: Fish eDNA suggests Asian carp closing in on Great Lakes

By Andy Mahon/Central Michigan University It all started with a simple question. In late 2008, while sitting around after work with a group of colleagues, Lindsay Chadderton from The Nature Conservancy asked, “Do you think there’s fish DNA in water?” Pausing for […]

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