An overheard image of Rabbit Island. The island itself is 91 acres. Photo via Andrew Ranville.

Rabbit Island artist residency project reaches $12,500 goal

With a week to go before the deadline of July 15, artists and Michigan natives Rob Gorski and Andrew Ranville have met their $12,500 goal for the artist residency on Rabbit Island. As of the afternoon of July 8, the funding page on Kickstarter.com had 131 backers who had pledged over $13,000 to the goal of establishing a permanent artist residency on the 91-acre island. Rabbit Island is located three miles off the Eastern shore of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, in Lake Superior. Although the goal was reached, people can still contribute to the project up until July 15. “People can continue to donate until time runs out,” Gorski said.

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Great Lakes beach ranking disputed

Great Lakes states once again dominated the bottom of a beach health and safety list released by the Natural Resources Defense Council before July 4 weekend.
But some Great Lakes beach and health experts say the council’s report inaccurately reflects monitoring methods and unfairly interprets state data.

A recent iPhone app, called the Swim Guide, has recently been expanded to cover more beaches in the Great Lakes.

Beach status app expands to include more Great Lakes beaches

An iPhone app that let users check the status of Lake Ontario beaches has been expanded to include 800 Great Lakes beaches in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and New York. Even more are on the way.

Krystyn Tully, vice-president of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, said the app also covers the entirety of the Lake Ontario watershed and the Vancouver area.

Three Great Lakes politicians make Grist's top ten list of "brownwashing" Republicans.

Three Great Lakes politicos make anti-environment list

It isn’t easy being green. Especially if you’re a Republican vying for the popular vote, according to a list on Grist.

The environmental website targets the top ten “brownwashing” Republicans. Three Great Lakes politicians made the list. In fact, these politicos dominate the top five. Ouch.

Ipperwash Beach, along Lake Huron. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

National beach report finds beaches open 95 percent

There’s nothing more disappointing than heading to your favorite beach on a hot summer day, only to discover it’s closed. In 2010, the chance of that happening was about five percent of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA’s recently released beach report found that the nation’s beaches remained open 95 percent of the time during the summer swim season — a trend that’s been persisting for the past six years.