July 12, 2014

Originally posted on The Dynamic Great Lakes Blog:

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes:
Plutonium, the most toxic substance known, is a by-product of
nuclear power plants. It is extremely hazardous because of its high
radioactivity: for half of its quantity to decay, it takes 24,360 years.
Our aging Nuclear Power Plants on the Great Lakes presently have
nowhere to store plutonium except on their property.
On the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant property on the shore of
Lake Michigan near South Haven, eight 100 ton casks stand on a
concrete slab only 150 feet from the waters of Lake Michigan.
The 16½ foot high casks are eleven feet in diameter and weigh
100 tons. They consist of a steel basket encased in 29 inches of
concrete and stand on a concrete slab. Palisades may eventually have
25 casks. Plutonium is so toxic that it could mean an end to life as
we know…

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q3ArohWWsQ  Click the link for information about a very dangerous nuclear power plant on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Read about this plant in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes available on Kindle, and paperback at Amazon.com, bn.com etc.


Great Lakes Stressed

July 8, 2014

National Geographic Maps  Click the link for a National Geographic article and maps.


Wind Turbines in the Lakes

Rain Barrel

June 27, 2014

Ruth's house

Rain barrels capture water from rooftops. It’s an old idea. I painted this in Norway at a relative’s house.

lily pads

June 13, 2014

lily pads

There are many tributaries to the Great Lakes. One is the Grand River that flows into Lake Michigan. I am always inspired by what I find around the Great Lakes. I made this picture along the banks of the Grand River while boating.


Read about how Pacific salmon were planted in the Great Lakes in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes, available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble as well as many bookstores and libraries.

Niagara Falls

May 30, 2014

Niagara Falls

Read more about Niagara Falls in The Dynamic Great Lakes a non-fiction book. The waters from Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie thunder over Niagara Falls. Lake Ontario receives these fresh waters and then the waters flow out through the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.

Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame

click link above to see Norm Spring receive his award on a very short video????????????????.

Originally posted on The Dynamic Great Lakes Blog:

A critically acclaimed non-fiction book.

I wrote my non fiction book, The DynamicGreat Lakesto share some of the important information I have learned over the years, even before the first Earth Day. The book has a search inside feature on Amazon.com with key words, reading levels and now it is available for the Kindle reader. It is also available at Barnes & Noble and many other bookstores.

Above all, it is a book that encourages people to take care of the planet. It’s the only one we have.

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The Dynamic Great Lakes is widely available on the www and in bookstores.

Many of us know very little about the five Great Lakes other than perhaps being able to name them. As Barbara Spring states in her introduction to her outstanding primer The Dynamic Great Lakes they are “a flowing river of seas left behind by Ice Age glaciers and are nearly twenty percent of the world’s supply of fresh surface water; the world’s greatest freshwater system.” The ecosystem of this great body of water is very complex and unfortunately due to pollution and the fallout of modern industry and agriculture they have gone through a gradual transformation. 

One of the unique characteristics of this compact book is that it is written in a language devoid of esoteric explanations. The eight chapters of the book reflect the author’s teaching and journalistic aptitudes in knowing how to unravel the mystery of the Great Lakes and the many painful dangers it has faced and continues to face. 

Each of the five Lakes is introduced with a brief synopsis of important elements distinguishing one from the other such as: elevation, length, breadth, average depth, maximum depth, volume, water area, retention time, population and outlet. From this point of departure the author deals with the various changes that have taken place as well as the various major issues affecting the Lakes. There is also brief descriptions of the various animal life found in each of the Lakes and how they have been affected by pollution and the appearance of harmful species, such as the Lamprey Eel. 

However, we are also reminded throughout the reading of the book that “people power” can have an effect and if we band together and make our voices heard we could exert influence in reversing some of the harmful trends that have caused ecological disaster. For example we are apprised of the situation that occurred in relation to Lake Erie. In 1969 a tributary river of Lake Erie, the Cayahoga, caught on fire due to being heavily coated with oil and debris. As a result, the Federal Water Quality Administration launched a one and half billion dollar municipal sewage treatment program for the Erie Basin which included the five surrounding states: Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. 

The conclusion of the book most appropriately reminds us that: “we are all challenged to use our knowledge, creativity and common sense to keep the Great Lakes great. Can you think of ways to think globally and act locally?” We are also warned “life on earth is only possible as long as our limited life support system works.” 


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