Laura Fosmire

Laura Fosmire

2011 graduate from Michigan State University. Bachelor of Arts in arts and humanities + journalism. Future graduate student of journalism at Columbia University. Loves politics, things that are green, Anderson Cooper and coffee. Social media enthusiast.

Recent Stories

Great Lakes states struggle with unequal federal funding for beaches

A beach along Lake Michigan in Harbert, Michigan. While Michigan has more shoreline miles than other states, it only receives minimally more funding from the EPA. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

In the midst of summer beach season, some Great Lakes states are having to pick which beaches they’ll monitor for contamination with what critics say is an unfair distribution of federal funds.

Funding predicted for 2011 indicates that states with more beaches aren’t receiving substantially more funding to monitor them. Continue Reading →

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Rabbit Island artist residency project reaches $12,500 goal

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

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 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. Continue Reading →

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National beach report finds beaches open 95 percent

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

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. Continue Reading →

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