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Wild rice on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin is in the floating leaf stage by early June, with a single shoot lying on the water’s surface. This is considered one of the most critical—and and dangerous—stages in the rice’s life cycle. The plants are just beginning to change physiologically from exchanging gases with the water column to exchanging gases with the air. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heavy rains and flooding events that can either rip out the young plants by the roots, or drown them. June 6, 2011.

For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.

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In some northern regions, lake temperatures are increasing more than air temperatures.

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Drought, flower farms, and pesticides are damaging the already shallow lake.

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While Waukesha’s request is the first major test of the Great Lakes Compact, the county supervisor opposes the plan.

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The EPA plan aims to clean up top pollution sites and establish a “zero tolerance policy” toward invasive species

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City officials in Waukesha, Wisconsin spelled out why they need Great Lakes water to replace their radium-contaminated city water wells Thursday, and why tapping into the world’s largest freshwater supply makes more sense than drilling more wells.

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A decree signed last week by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will allow a paper mill on the shore of Lake Baikal to resume dumping sewage and waste water into the lake.

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BEICHUAN, China – New fears about the lakes formed after the quake have prompted Chinese officials to evacuate nearly 150,000 people from the town and county of Beichuan in Sichuan province. While the death toll from the quake has been officially revised to 67,183, up to 1.3 million people may have to be evacuated from […]

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