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Photo Friday: Bois Blanc Island bullfrog04/18/2014

  This close-up photo is of a bullfrog in a marsh on the southwest end of Bois Blanc Island (known as Bo-Lo to locals), located in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. It was taken by  Terry Heatlie, a habitat restoration specialist working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. We’re always open […] ... MORE

Authors ?Canvas Detroit? for art's impact on the urban environment04/18/2014

From murals on boulevards to grass sculptures that manage rainwater, the work of Detroit's street artists are improving the urban environment and highlighting abandoned cityscapes. ... MORE

Waste to work: Penn State researchers use industrial waste in hydraulic fracturing04/16/2014

While the debate over the long-term environmental impact of what is commonly known as fracking  rages, researchers at Penn State University say they have discovered how to use industrial waste products to make the practice more sustainable. During the lifetime of a fracking well, millions of gallons of water are pumped deep into the ground, […] ... MORE

New York court leaves turbine project dangling in the wind04/16/2014

An appeals court has refused to order a local government to extend a special use permit for a proposed multimillion-dollar 29-turbine wind farm in Western New York. Allegany Wind LLC unsuccessfully sought a one-year extension of its permit for the controversial project in the town of Allegany, in Cattaraugus County just north of the Pennsylvania border. When the […] ... MORE

Fracking sand mines credited for fluctuating property values04/16/2014

By Alison Dirr Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Perry Schmitt describes himself as pro-mining but blames the frac sand mine across the highway from his home for driving down the asking price by more than $25,000, to $189,000. His neighbors made out better. Kari Curran and her husband sold 130 acres for $1.5 million to […] ... MORE

Michigan bats found with white-nose fungus04/15/2014

A fungus that has already killed more than 10 million bats nationwide has been found for the first time in Michigan. White-nose syndrome was confirmed April 10 in little brown bats in Alpena, Dickinson and Mackinac counties. It is expected to spread quickly through the state, said Bill Scullon, wildlife biologist and statewide bat coordinator […] ... MORE

National Wildlife Refuges expand hunting04/15/2014

Three national wildlife refuges in the Great Lakes region will expand hunting opportunities and two more will open to hunting for the first time, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge and Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois and thePatoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area in Indiana will expand migratory […] ... MORE

Mr. Great Lakes: Manure runoff, Lake Huron Summit and solar panel glare04/14/2014

Mr. Great Lakes (Jeff Kart) reports from Bay City, Michigan's Delta College Q-90.1 FM. Mr. Great Lakes, 4.11.14 by Great Lakes Echo This week, Kart discusses a coalition to end the use of manure as fertilizer in winter, a Lake Huron Watershed Summit and issues with solar panel glare. Text at Mr. Great Lakes ... MORE

Your turn: grab a hammer and help build Echo's future04/13/2014

You are reading a milestone - the 3,000th post on Great Lakes Echo. And we're celebrating with a new look. Echo recently turned five years old. That's ancient for Internet publications, particularly those that produce news. But this facelift is no middle-aged desperate grasp to retain youth. Rather, we're setting the foundation for another five […] ... MORE

Photo Friday: Wisconsin sunrise04/11/2014

This picture of a clear early morning on the western side of Lake Michigan was snapped by Wisconsin resident Catherine Egger last summer. The photo was taken from the shores of Manitowoc, home to the Wisconsin end of the SS Badger car ferry, which transports cargo to and from Ludington, Mich. You’ll notice a small […] ... MORE