Source: Four nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes rank among the nation’s worst for high level safety violations

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Rip Currents

September 12, 2017


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Rip currents form offshore in a narrow channel. These currents can extend 1,000 feet, reach 100 feet in width, and travel up to 5 mph. This is slower than you can run, but faster than you or even an Olympic swimmer can swim. They are most prevalent after storms; some lasting a few hours, some (especially on the oceans) permanently.

■Don’t fight the current.

■Swim parallel to the shore to get out of the current. Rip currents are rarely more than 30 feet wide.

■If you can’t escape, float calmly until the current dissipates, then swim diagonally back to the shore.

■If you need help, call or wave for assistance.

Recognize a Rip Current:

■Murky water from sediments stirred up by the current.

■Different waves – larger and choppier.

■Foam or objects that move steadily offshore.

source: Sea Grant

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Great Lakes Photos

September 2, 2017


 

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls


 

 

 

 

 

 

PrintRead more about nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes in my critically acclaimed book The Dynamic Great Lakes.  This book is available at the Bookman in Grand Haven, MI as well as bn.com and Amazon.com.  $9.99.  A critically acclaimed non-fiction book


Lake Huron’s Sink Holes Click the link to understand what is beneath Lake Huron’s waters near Alpena Michigan.

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July 10, 2017


Lake Huron’s Sink Holes  Click the link to understand what is beneath Lake Huron’s waters near Alpena Michigan.

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Freshwater seas.

 

Fishing Is Heating Up

June 9, 2017


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Brooks' big catch

Brooks’ big catch

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Rachel Carson  click the link to learn how Rachel Carson changed the world.  She inspired my husband and I to become activists after reading her book Silent Spring.  DDT was banned in Grand Haven, MI and then in Michigan after we formed the Michigan Pesticides Council.

I wrote The Dynamic Great Lakes to show that we really can correct mistakes made in the past.  The return of eagles, peregrine falcons and ospreys to the Great Lakes and the U.S.A. proves it.

 

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A Necessary Book

April 16, 2017


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Why I Wrote The Dynamic Great Lakes  Click the link for my background etc.

A critically acclaimed non-fiction book

map of Great Lakes Freshwater seas.

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Outdoor Learning

March 29, 2017


Hands On Outdoor Learning

I’m told that children learn through play.  From what I have experienced, I believe that everyone can learn through play. Our family has been playing in, on and around the Great Lakes most of our lives. We have learned a lot while we swam, boated, fished and beach combed.  The lakes engaged all our senses: the splash of cold water, the sound of the waves, the silence of fog, hot sand underfoot and the way it sings when you drag your toes across it, the ever changing colors and rhythms of waves, the times fish bite the best.   The outdoors have many lessons to teach if we pay attention.

Family vacations took us to all of the Great Lakes; the majesty of Niagara Falls; to the rocky shores of Lake Superior where we hunted for agates; to many embayments and open waters of the lakes to fish.  My husband  Norm, has caught nearly every kind of fish in the lakes: walleye from Lake Erie and the embayments of the upper Great Lakes, deep water fish such as lake trout and burbot, and the annual runs of white fish and perch  Pacific salmon that were planted to control alewives.

We have all learned so much from our outdoor adventures;  changing colors, their beaches of stone or sand, waterfalls, fishes and birds, wetlands , and dunes with their succession of plants.  In our play around the Great Lakes, we always learn something new.

With all of this hands-on experience I wrote a non-fiction book, The Dynamic Great Lakes, a non-fiction primer.  I had wanted a book like this to read, but I never found one so I decided to write a book with information that people could use to make sound decisions about the Great Lakes.

I am also the published author of three poetry books: The Wilderness Within and Sophia’s Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below and Between Sweetwater and Sand. The last book will be released July 30, 2013( These poems are drawn directly from observations of nature.

At Grand Valley State University, I developed writing classes based upon environmental studies. This gave students important topics to work with. I did not want papers recycled from high school.  I assigned books such as The Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold and Blue Highways by William Least-Heat Moon and Thoreau.  We discussed the topics and writing techniques used by these authors.

I asked my students to go outdoors and use observation and to use the five senses. They kept journals based on what they saw and even how they felt about what they saw.   I brought things from nature such as feathers and plants indoors for students to hold in their hands and then describe in concrete detail. They played with the downy feathers, blowing on them and closely observing them.

I asked them to use metaphor and to use as many of the five senses as they could in their descriptions.  Student writing becomes grounded in reality when using these sorts of exercises.

Our lives become grounded when playing outdoors.???????????????

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