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Endangered Lakes

In a March 31, 2006 file photo, Empire's Lake Michigan Park and beach with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park in the background, are seen in Empire, Mich. Academics and activists are debating how to do better at nursing the ailing Great Lakes to health as the Obama administration prepares to roll out a second phase of its wide-ranging cleanup plan. A scientific report warned 8 years ago that the lakes were losing their ability to cope with environmental stress and ward off catastrophic breakdowns. (AP Photo/Traverse City Record-Eagle, Douglas Tesner, FILE)