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What a Week for the Great Lakes (and every one of us that depends upon them)!

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After working on Great Lakes protection and restoration issues for the past 15 years, it’s hard for me to think of a time when so many accomplishments occurred in such a short period of time.  That said, last week was good week—actually, a great week. Especially when you consider that much of the work that […]

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Communities Want a Healthy River and Lake

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Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River provide drinking water to several million people, support multi-billion dollar industries, offer unparalleled recreation and fishing opportunities, generate renewable hydroelectric power, and are home to an impressive array of wildlife. Perhaps most importantly, the river and lake enhance the quality of life for everyone in the region. It […]

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How to Avoid Plastic Microbeads: Ban Them!

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Ever since I heard about Dr. Sherri Mason’s research on plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes, I’ve become very concerned, some say obsessed, with the issue of microbeads. The fixation began in my own house, where I found toothpastes, facial scrubs, and hand soaps with microbeads. My wife and I threw them all away, and […]

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New York Should Invest in its Ocean and Great Lakes

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New York State is currently in the middle of its budget negotiations (read: battle) and Governor Cuomo has put forth his proposal. He has thirty days to make amendments and then the Senate and Assembly will put forth their versions.  After the requisite back-and-forth, a final budget will be approved by the Legislature and signed […]

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117 Million Americans: Your Drinking Water is at Risk

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More than 40 years ago, Congress made a promise to protect and improve our nation’s waters for future generations by passing the Clean Water Act (CWA). However, since 2001, Supreme Court decisions and federal guidance changes have weakened the CWA by limiting federal protections over wetlands and small streams. As a result, many wetlands and small streams are […]

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Guest Perspective: A Tiny Culprit to a Very Large Problem

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The next opportunity you have, walk to your bathroom and look at your personal care products. Do any of the products you use contain “microbeads?” Chances are, they do. Microbeads are beads of plastic that are 5mm or smaller in diameter that are marketed to customers by offering exfoliating benefits when bathing, washing your face […]

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A Clean Face shouldn’t mean Dirty Water: 10 things you didn’t know about microbeads

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1. Microbeads are used in hundreds of personal care products (including toothpaste, shaving cream, shower gel and exfoliating scrubs): Today, a significant number of personal care products such as scrubs and toothpastes are known to contain thousands of minuscule balls of plastic called microbeads. Over the years, microbeads have replaced traditional, biodegradable alternatives such as […]

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