Help pick the Great Lakes photo contest winner

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 | No Comments
Help pick the Great Lakes photo contest winner

VOTING HAS CLOSED, THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED!  WINNER: “Foggy” by @pinkycottontail (Instagram) Please vote for your favorite photos. The photo with the most votes after Aug. 10th will receive a free SURF Great Lakes Whale Watching T-shirt.*   *If you submitted a photo but you do not see it here, that means it got held […]

Enbridge’s pipelines in the Great Lakes violate safety requirements for the past 61 years.

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 | No Comments
Enbridge’s pipelines in the Great Lakes violate safety requirements for the past 61 years.

Well, it’s been exactly 4 years since Enbridge spilled around 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River watershed and instead of Enbridge talking about improvements they’ve made to the way they manage and operate their pipeline systems, they are being required to explain why, for the past 61 years, they have chosen to ignore a major […]

Photo Contest for SURF Great Lakes Whale Watching Shirt

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 | No Comments
Photo Contest for SURF Great Lakes Whale Watching Shirt

SURF Great Lakes is now hosting a photo contest for a free SURF Great Lakes Whale Watching T-shirt! While you’re out enjoying the lakes, snap a photo, post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter tagging @SURFGreatLakes and explain why you want to protect the Lakes. On August 1st, I’ll post all the photos here and we’ll put […]

VIDEO: New NWF report shows how oil will disperse in Great Lakes. Why I’m concerned Enbridge might not care.

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 | No Comments
VIDEO: New NWF report shows how oil will disperse in Great Lakes. Why I’m concerned Enbridge might not care.

The National Wildlife Federation commissioned a report with the University of Michigan (UofM) to show how a spill would spread if the two Enbridge pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac were to ever rupture.  The issue of how oil will disperse, and the lack of realistic spill response, is something I’ve talked about here before – it is the reason why […]

10 little-known facts about the Mackinac oil pipeline through the Great Lakes

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 | 5 Comments
10 little-known facts about the Mackinac oil pipeline through the Great Lakes

This Tuesday, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council will host a public symposium providing an opportunity to directly communicate with Enbridge, regulators, and emergency responders about the risks associated with the 61-year-old Mackinac Pipeline. If this is your first time hearing about this pipeline, check out the report called Sunken Hazard, which provides a glimpse into what we know about the operation of […]

Bravo Illinois – First microbead ban in the U.S.

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 | No Comments
Bravo Illinois – First microbead ban in the U.S.

Congratulations Illinois for not only being the first Great Lakes state to ban microbead manufacturing, but also the first state in the U.S.! Illinois state lawmakers have ordered a ban on the manufacturing of microbeads in consumer products by the end of 2017.  This success is due, in large part, because of the work from 5 […]

Concerns mount over Mackinac Pipeline – original welder speaks out.

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 | One Comment
Concerns mount over Mackinac Pipeline – original welder speaks out.

The Record Eagle, out of Traverse City, Mich., has always done a phenomenal job covering the issues that surround the Straits of Mackinac Pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy. The latest Letter to the Editor is yet another example on their excellent ability to connect with their readers. Bruce Trudgen, from Acme, Mich., has raised some critical […]

BP’s oil spill in the Great Lakes grows

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 | 2 Comments
BP’s oil spill in the Great Lakes grows

BP has just released new spill numbers that are more than double the original estimates – as much as 1,600 gallons of oil has been released into southern Lake Michigan. The reason for the change of heart –  BP has now recovered more oil than they originally reported released, as reported by MLive: Company representatives […]

BREAKING: Tar sands oil spills into Lake Michigan by BP

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 | 5 Comments
BREAKING: Tar sands oil spills into Lake Michigan by BP

Reports are coming in that a little over 500 gallons of oil has spilled into Lake Michigan from the BP Whiting refinery, which just went under massive upgrades to take on tar sands crude from Alberta Canada. This refinery and the tar sands upgrades have already caused major health effects in the nearby communities because […]

Cheers! Great Lakes Brewers Unite for Water Protection

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 | One Comment
Cheers! Great Lakes Brewers Unite for Water Protection

Happy first day of spring! We are all looking forward to the warmer weather around the corner. This spring and summer, when you’re getting ready for your outdoor gatherings, I hope you stock up on beer from these Michigan breweries because of their leadership in promoting water protection: Superfluid by Short’s Brewing Company and (coming soon) the […]

What is the largest threat to the Great Lakes?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 | No Comments
What is the largest threat to the Great Lakes?

I would love to hear from you! If i’ve missed an issue you care about, please leave me a comment. March 22nd is World Water Day – check back for a new poll asking what you love most about the Great Lakes.  

Sleeping Bear Dunes will soon awaken to a new Wilderness designation

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

We all need to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to Congressman Benishek and Senator Levin for their leadership on legislation that will mark the Sleeping Bear Dunes as Wilderness under the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill has just passed the U.S. House, and was passed by the Senate last year, which means it […]