Dave Rosenthal

Great Lakes Today Managing Editor

Dave is new to the Great Lakes area, but has many fond memories of vacations on another large body of water: Long Island Sound. He is the former investigations editor for The Baltimore Sun. There, he led projects that won a number of honors, including the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award and the Investigative Reporters & Editors breaking news award. Dave has degrees from Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Law.

Ways to Connect

On June 16, 1962, The New Yorker published one of those articles that aspires to -- and achieves -- something much larger. The first part of the series was called Silent Spring-I, and Rachel Carson's words (later converted to book form) became the anthem of America's fledgling environmental movement.

Her article began simply, like a fairy tale: "There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to be in harmony with its surroundings ... .

Rolf Peterson

The National Park Service has announced a plan to import wolves to Isle Royale National Park, a move designed to restore the natural balance between predator and prey. And that means the island's moose had better watch out.

USGS

A new study explains how the bloody red shrimp -- and other non-native species -- can travel across the Great Lakes. It's pretty simple: They hitch a ride in the ballast tanks of "lakers," the ships that travel around the lakes, but never make it out to the ocean.

U.S. Geological Survey

Environmentalists are praising the U.S. Senate for blocking a measure loosening shipping regulations on the Great Lakes -- and making it easier for invasive species to foul those waters.

In a key procedural vote on Wednesday, senators voted against the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which would have weakened the regulation of ballast water.

The federal government has played a huge role in reviving the Great Lakes -- but some in the region wonder how strong that support is these days.

For two straight years, the Trump administration proposed slashing funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Both times, Republicans and Democrats worked together to restore the $300 million allocation. That's the good news.

Now the EPA -- a crucial partner in keeping the Great Lakes healthy -- is in turmoil.

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