A red flag flies over Warren Dunes beach in western Michigan, warning visitors of a high risk of drowning. Like many Great Lakes beaches, Warren Dunes has no lifeguards on duty. Elizabeth Miller/WCPN ideastream hide caption

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Great Lakes Waters Can Take A Savage Toll On Swimmers

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The coal-powered S.S. Badger pulls out of the Ludington, Mich., harbor in August 2011. This summer is the first season that the Badger is operating with its new ash retention system, which passes EPA standards. Denise Stocker/Chicago Tribune/MCT /Landov hide caption

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On Lake Michigan, A Cleaner Coal-Powered Ship Ferries On

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A shipwreck is seen near the coast in Lake Michigan, where clear waters recently allowed a Coast Guard helicopter to take striking aerial photos of several wreck sites. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City hide caption

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U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City