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    Politics Behind Government Funding of "P …

    Rachael Thieleman

    The "Pure Michigan" Ad Campaign was started by the state of Michigan in 2006. It consists of ads that glorify the state of Michigan with the voice of Michigan celebrities, such as Tim Allen, behind scenic views of Michigan. The ads are intended to get people outside of Michigan ...

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    Transplanted Fish in Great Lakes Sufferi …

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    Salmon in the Great Lakes imported from other waters face a unique set of issues as changes in the food chain and problems with invasive species continue.

    Chinook salmon, a species of fish native to the Pacific Ocean, was first introduced to the Great Lakes in 1966 through Lake
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    Gray Wolves Likely to be Removed from En …

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    Management authority of gray wolves in the Great Lakes region might change from federal to state if federal wildlife officials go through with removing the species from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Species.

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    Asian Carp Invasives: Policy Brief

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    Policymakers continue to be divided on the subject of Asian carp as the invasive species inch closer and closer to Great Lakes waters.

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    Climate Shifts Could Cause Future Water …

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    A recent report from the United States Geological Survey warns potential water shortages in the Great Lakes region in the future caused by climate change and an increase in demand.

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    Another Blow for Michigan, Another Win f …

    Matt Grossmann

    Asian Carp are a ticking time bomb at the front door of Lake Michigan. Their voracious appetite has enabled them to become the dominant species in various parts of rivers throughout Illinois and the Mississippi River Basin. Michigan has filed for a preliminary injunction twice in the U.S. Supreme Court against ...

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    Administrative Agency Summary: The Coast …

    The Coastal Zone Management Program began in 1978 under The Coastal Zone Management Act, which enabled coastal states, including states along the Great Lakes, to develop such a program to help protect shoreline resources, identify areas along the coast appropriate for development and improve public access to the coastline.

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    Mackinac Bridge Likely to Stay in Hands …

    The Mackinac Bridge appears to be staying under the Michigan government’s control, despite some pre-election fears that it might be privatized due to increased stress on the Michigan budget.

    The 26,372-foot span between the upper and lower peninsulas is currently owned, operated and funded by the Michigan state government.

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    Michigan's Recreation Passport

    Matt Grossmann

    On October 1, 2010 the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) launched its Recreation Passport program. The program was proposed by the Citizens Committee for Michigan State Parks who were, "seeking to establish a long-term, stable funding source for the state park system and other public entities" (Michigan Department ...

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    Michigan Universities Announce Creation …

    Two of the largest universities in the state of Michigan have announced a collaborative effort to study climate change and its effect on the Great Lakes.

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    Asian Carp Controversy

    There have been many different species that have caused damage to the Great Lakes. The species that has been making news headlines lately is the Asian Carp. These pesky creatures are not yet proven to have infested the Great Lakes, but they have already reached Chicago waterways that connect ...

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    Are we doing enough to protect wetlands …

    There are many benefits to keeping wetlands around in Michigan.  They have proven to be beneficial in maintaining water quality, reducing erosion, protecting from floods and storm damage, controlling insect populations, etc. Many different groups in Michigan have tried to stop the destruction of wetlands, however, wetlands have  been getting destroyed ...

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    Invasive Mussels Invade the Great lakes

    The Great Lakes seem to be such a calm and fun place to be: many do not know that invasive mussels that have started to severely affect the Great Lakes water supply.  They were first spotted in the late 1980s, and now they have spread through much of the eastern ...

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    Great Lakes Water Quality

    Mehak Bansil

    If you're thinking of sunbathing or playing with little tykes on one of the beaches bordering the Great Lakes, you might want to rethink your decision. According to The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC's) annual survey, pollution levels in the Great Lakes have resulted in more beach closings and advisories than ...

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    Aliens in the Great Lakes

    Mehak Bansil

    Although biodiversity is one of the prime markers in the determination of ecosystem health, specific types of "biodiversity" can inflict the sweater effect on the entire ecosystem. What does this mean in terms of the Great Lakes? For over two centuries, the Great Lakes waterways have been infested with "aquatic invasive ...

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    No Child Left Inside

    Mehak Bansil

    It's one of the simple facts of life: kids like to play-kids need to play-and playing in nature is a very crucial part of that play. Sadly, however, many of today's children do not have the time or motivation to go outside let alone play outside. In ...

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    Office of the Great Lakes

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    As one of Michigan's most prominent natural resources, the Great Lakes provide an abundance of both resources and tourism opportunities. However, because it is prone to environmental degradation and other problems, the Michigan Legislature established the Office of the Great Lakes in 1985 as part of the Great Lakes Protection Act. The ...

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    The Pure Michigan campaign

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    Although Michigan's auto industry is quickly declining, the state seems reluctant to give up its tourism industry as well. Even though experts from Michigan State University predicted a 2-4 percent drop in the tourism industry this year, the Granholm administration announced a $10 million Pure Michigan national cable TV advertisement campaign ...

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