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The Pearl Mist cruise ship on its way to Muskegon this past summer.

With embrace of the waterfront, a new era comes to Muskegon

Muskegon is undergoing massive change. Major waterfront development is on the horizon, there's increased investment in the city, recreational opportunities abound, businesses are opening, companies are moving there. Why is this all happening? Look to its water.

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UIX: The oldest native plants in West Michigan still play an important role

Nearly the entirety of the Grand Rapids area is either developed with housing, commercial, industrial, infrastructure, or was cleared in the early-mid 1800s for crops and pasture, but the plants that remain and surround our city tell a different story.

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Out of balance: The story of salmon in Lake Michigan

Michigan's multi-billion dollar salmon sports fishery is in peril. Check out our interactive to learn the story of how this happened and what officials are doing about it.

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'Before the time of us': How trips to Lake Michigan are changing students' worldviews

While many of us may take for granted how easy it can be to make the 35-mile trip to Lake Michigan, the overwhelming majority of Grand Rapids Public Schools' fifth grade students have never seen this body of water. Financial hardship, lack of transportation and other barriers prevent many of the children from seeing this Great Lake, but GRPS and Open Systems Technologies are quickly changing that.

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Invasive species and the Great Lakes: What's happening to our beloved blue waters?

What impact are invasive species like the zebra mussel and the round goby having on the Great Lakes? And why does it matter? Author William Rapai speaks to us about his new book on invasive species in our beloved blue waters.
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