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  • Lake Erie and the Public Trust Doctrine

    Lake Erie and the Public Trust Doctrine

    Last week, the U.S. EPA acknowledged the serious algae problem sickening western Lake Erie.  It withdrew its approval of the State of Ohio’s decision not to declare the western Erie basin to be impaired. Does that mean the lake will be cleaned up soon?  Hardly. EPA’s determination bounces the ball …Read More »
  • The Dunes and the Water

    The Dunes and the Water

    “It is said in the desert that possession of water in great amount can inflict a man with fatal carelessness.”  ― Frank Herbert, Dune As a youngster, my favorite novel was Frank Herbert’s Dune, which takes place on a fictional desert planet. Unsurprisingly, this planet houses plenty of sand but precious little …Read More »
  • The Largest Lake in the World

    The Largest Lake in the World

    We have many important public trust resources in our region, but one of them gets little attention —Lake Michigan-Huron. Lake Michigan-Huron is one water body, despite its appearance to the eye and mind.  People living in Empire or Alpena live on the same lake. They’re in the same watershed and tread …Read More »
  • A Clear Plan to Decommission Line 5

    A Clear Plan to Decommission Line 5

    Advocates of shutting down dangerous Line 5 at the Straits of Mackinac presented a detailed plan for its decommissioning yesterday.  The plan gives the state officials who are accountable, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder, a detailed, realistic plan for protecting the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil …Read More »
  • Public Trust and the Story of Water

    Public Trust and the Story of Water

    At the core of its plain meaning, public trust means that future generations depend on us – trust us – to protect the water, air, and land upon which their wellbeing will depend. Public trust principles are enshrined in law. The people who serve in positions of leadership and authority …Read More »

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