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Northland College staff working in stream

Researchers Create Model for the Great Lakes

…point in their life cycle, Cooper said, “If you consider other benefits such as improving water quality and providing flood protection the value of coastal wetlands adds up very quickly.” The White House Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative highlights southern Lake Huron and western Lake Erie as a region facing…

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Q & A with Water Researcher Randy Lehr

…world – the demand for water and distribution. Do you anticipate a day when people are going to come knocking on the door for Lake Superior water? A. I see the Lake Superior region as the future front lines of water resource science and management. Abundant freshwater, relatively inexpensive land…

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Will Waukesha Get a Rewrite?

…spent years fighting to keep Great Lakes water inside the Great Lakes Basin — Nova’s plan was a nightmarish legal precedent. If people were permitted to tanker water to Asia, how could officials prevent Great Lakes water from being piped to Dallas, Phoenix or L.A.? Politicians, journalists and the general…

Northland College student Kim Oldenborg measures water on a stream.

Oldenborg headed for future in water

For senior Kim Oldenborg, water is more than a life-sustaining resource. Water is her inspiration—academically, personally, and professionally. Initially attracted to Northland College for its proximity to Lake Superior, Oldenborg was excited to begin working as a research technician for the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation in 2013….

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Parsonage Fund

…Learning outdoor survival/living skills used by indigenous cultures. Sweat Lodge: Bathing in steam created from heated rocks in a tent-like structure. Caving/Spelunking: Hiking, crawling, squeezing, and sometimes camping in underground passages. Environmental Service projects: Service projects in the outdoors, often in remote areas. Urban/Rural/Cultural Activities or Service Projects: Trips to…

Sigurd Olson Articles

…iron bridge, it was free. More than anything else, I wanted to see its water again, the bottom with its familiar stones, to listen to the gurgle as it rippled its way over them. Even though it would be sheathed in ice and the open water shrouded with mist, though…

Joe Fitzgerald and Randy Lehr drive boat to islands

Fitzgerald: From Plankton Guy to Water Resources Policy Economist

…bay to determine the impact upwelling currents have on the food web. During the symposium, Fitzgerald explained that upwelling occurs when water from the bottom of the bay is brought to the top, usually by sustained winds for four to seven days. This can change water chemistry, and carries nutrients…

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Foxconn: A New Chapter in the Great Lakes Water Wars


…million gallons of Lake Superior water to Asia every year. That article sparked an international uproar. Stories throughout the U.S. and Canada spoke of ocean-going tankers hauling pristine Lake Superior water across the Pacific. “This is Pandora’s box,” warned Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak. “We’ve always worried that somebody will try…

Immerse Yourselves

…you have fully immersed yourself. Then, as the cold, clean water of the Lake washes over your skin, and as you remember in awe that the same, cold water courses through your veins, sustaining you, sustaining all of us, I’d like you to commit to a year of total immersion—to…

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Wolf Conservation in America’s National Parks

One Hundred Years of Learning By Bill Route, National Park Service In 2016 we celebrate one hundred years of the National Park Service (NPS), an agency born in 1916 and charged with managing select areas to preserve and commemorate nationally significant natural and cultural resources. National parks play an increasingly…