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Since the St. Lawrence Seaway opened the Great Lakes to deep-draft overseas ships in 1959, contaminated ballast water has been blamed for dozens of invaders that have decimated native fish populations, helped trigger toxic algae outbreaks and have been implicated in tens of thousands of bird deaths ...
The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a measure this week that conservation groups say could have devastating — and permanent — consequences for the Great Lakes. The legislation attached to the U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act calls for giving the Coast Guard the exclusive authority to regulate the ...

Two Kenosha women who hiked more than 300 miles to promote conservation and efforts to help restore the Great Lakes spoke this week to more than 100 people at the Kenosha Museum. Ecologists Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster, both Kenosha residents, spoke to anglers, boaters and residents, ...
A Michigan company blamed by the state's attorney general for damage to underwater electric cables and oil pipelines says it's cooperating with the investigation. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Tuesday his office is bringing a civil action against VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, based in Escanaba, ...
Foxconn Technology Group's bid to siphon millions of gallons a day from Lake Michigan is once again thrusting Wisconsin into the contentious waters of who can tap the Great Lakes. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is expected to decide soon whether the technology giant can use water ...
The shipping industry long has criticized the way the discharge of ballast water is regulated. Shippers argue the rules are too complicated and financially burdensome. They favor a single, national standard, and now they appear close to getting what they want with the Senate likely to take up a spending ...

Cities and businesses seeking to access Great Lakes waters often emphasize how minuscule their water use would be compared to even the supply of just one of the individual lakes. Officials in Waukesha have likened their plan to use Lake Michigan as a water source to taking a thimble-full of water from ...
EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) - A mainstay in the summer festival season is taking a break. The director of the Great Lakes Folk Festival says the event has been put on pause to be re-imagined for next year. The big music and culture event has happened annually in downtown East Lansing since 2002.
MICHIGAN DIVIDED: John Bebow, CEO of The Center for Michigan, and Ron French, Senior Writer at Bridge Magazine, join Christy and Stephen to talk about their new documentary titled, "Michigan Divided." The film takes an up close and personal look at voters in Michigan and the issues and policies ...
The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is bringing water safety experts and advocates together to share best practices and find drowning solutions to help everyone safely enjoy our Great Lakes at their annual Water Safety Conference, April 26-27, 2018, in Evanston, Illinois. The Great Lakes Water ...
The nation's rush to increase oil production is having a long-distance impact on the Great Lakes region. Geologic formations have given parts of the region ample deposits of sand, including the hard, round version that is used in fracking. Seen from space a few months ago by the Landsat 8 satellite, the ...
President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2019 will include massive cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The budget cuts will decrease the funding for the initiative from $298 million to only $30 million. According to the Great Lakes Restoration website, the initiative was launched in 2010 “to ...
Now he works for the state environmental agency as the Great Lakes Basins Coordinator. “So what we were seeing were these toxic contaminants: PCBs, pesticides, dieldrin and DDT,” he says. “These were actually moving up through the food web going from just being in the sediment, up to crayfish and ...
That got me to thinking about how many drownings there are on the Great Lakes. Dave and I teamed up and began doing presentations to teach surfers about how to use their surf board as a rescue device. That was the first presentation, and we've done hundreds more educational presentations since that ...
The Great Lakes Cycle, the five-painting centerpiece of Rockman's current exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, is the result of his most involved project yet. Commissioned by the museum, which sits about 40 miles east of Lake Michigan, it involved Rockman traveling around the Great Lakes region ...
Racine is in the Great Lakes basin but has been selected to supply water to support the needs of international tech manufacturing giant Foxconn's proposed production facility. The plant will be located in a town that straddles the Great Lakes basin divide so it's not automatically allowed to take Lake ...
Children look over a fish tank at a Michigan Tech after-school class Feb. 27 at the Great Lakes Research Center in Houghton. (Photo: Kali Katerberg / AP). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. Houghton — The Great Lakes Research Center in Houghton has introduced local students to ...

Mike Shriberg, who runs National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Office, says landfill contamination issues seem to be increasingly common. “While fresh water may be abundant in this region because of the Great Lakes, we have areas where safe drinking water and clean water is not assured,” ...
(AP) — Several communities around the Great Lakes are competing to reduce pollution by controlling the electricity they consume from the power grid. Bayfield, Wisconsin, is one of five cities working to lower mercury and other emissions through the Water Utility Energy Challenge, Wisconsin Public Radio ...
Biting winds and travel-snarling snow squalls will sweep through the Great Lakes and interior Northeast during the first half of the week. Inland areas that will be spared from the latest nor'easter will not be sheltered from the harsh cold and snowy conditions that punch southward from Canada behind the ...
Bloody red shrimp were brought into the Great Lakes in the ballast tanks of oceangoing vessels and first discovered in 2006 in Lakes Michigan and Ontario. These tiny critters were added to the list of more than 180 aquatic invasive species found in the Great Lakes, causing irreparable ecological harm.
“Everyone agrees that protecting and restoring the Great Lakes and safeguarding our drinking water are critically important. To do so, agriculture and conservation groups must continue to work together,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the Great Lakes Commission and commissioner of the Minnesota ...
We approved legislation that balanced economic needs with the need to protect our precious water reserves. Under those bills, anyone seeking to siphon more than 100,000 gallons per day of groundwater, or water from our rivers and the Great Lakes, must receive approval and report the amount of water ...
Many advocates for the Great Lakes are in Washington, D.C., this week to push back against President Trump's proposal to slash funding for the region. ... Trump's 2019 budget plan calls for cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $30 million, and making other cuts in programs ...
CHICAGO -- The fresh water winter surfing season is now -- november through April. Dedicated surfers say, forget the cold! It's all about the wind and the waves. If you dress for it, surfing on the Great Lakes is second to none. "While it sucks, it's really cold, freezing out, it just happens to be a great time to surf ...
The Great Lakes basin, or watershed, is home to more than 30 million American and Canadian citizens, for whom the lakes are an extraordinary resource. Industries ranging from electricity and industrial manufacturing to recreation and tourism depend on the abundant supply of freshwater available in the ...
It was Wednesday afternoon, the pair's usual time slot for the "Great Lakes, Great Fish" program. Wick kicked flippered feet suspended in water high above the heads of the audience members on dry "ground" outside the 24-feet-deep Isle Royale tank. He joined Hofslund, who was crouched on the tank floor ...
A plan released by EPA's Chicago-based Region 5 office sets targets for reducing phosphorus that feeds giant algae masses that in the past decade have caused fish kills and beach closures on the shallowest of the Great Lakes, harming tourism and threatening drinking water. A 2014 bloom settled over ...
Production in the Southern district, a wide geographic swath that includes many mini mills and which is usually the second largest steelmaking region after the Great Lakes, rose to 724,000 tons last week, up from 699,000 tons the previous week. Steel output in the greater Midwest rose to 169,000 tons last ...
The option would expire in 2021, according to county records. The Great Lakes land buy took the form of a purchase of the parcel in the name of Carter Inland LLC that was recorded Friday, March 2, in Cuyahoga County land records, from EWAT Holdings LLC, one of the names that the Geis-led group used ...
Jodi Habush Sinykin of Midwest Environmental Advocates contends that Racine shouldn't be able to supply Lake Michigan water for the primary benefit of a single private company. She says the Great Lakes Compact, a multi-state agreement that governs water usage, limits withdrawals to public purposes, ...
Now he works for the state environmental agency as the Great Lakes Basins Coordinator. “So what we were seeing were these toxic contaminants: PCBs, pesticides, dieldrin and DDT,” he says. “These were actually moving up through the food web going from just being in the sediment, up to crayfish and ...
With shorelines on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin has a vested interest in keeping the Great Lakes clean. On Wednesday and Thursday, a coalition representing business, industry, and environmental organizations will meet with members of Congress to rally support for the Great Lakes ...
The sea lampreys have also been referred to as "the vampires of the Great Lakes" due to their sharp teeth and file-like tongue. Those who dare will be able to get up close to the lampreys while they learn about the history of the species. The event will be held at the Sunnyview Exposition Center in Oshkosh from March 2nd ...
First, we partnered with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center to begin researching how the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is being implemented in Great Lakes states, focusing first on Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. We wanted to know if any of these states are currently going above and beyond ...
If you're standing, or sitting, somewhere in Michigan, the ground beneath your feet is rising — or falling, depending on where you are — all the time. Little by little. Almost imperceptibly, but steadily. The surface of the Great Lakes region is still recovering from the aftereffects of the last Ice Age, when woolly ...
On Sunday, people near The Mackinac Bridge — which straddles Lake Michigan to the West and Lake Huron to the East — noticed huge blue hunks of frozen lake water coming ashore. It's a rare sight to see this kind of brightly colored ice in the state. Blue ice is usually seen in permanently chilly spots like Antarctica and ...
Technically the Great Lakes hold one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water. That's a lot of water, especially when, one in five people around the world don't have reliable access to safe drinking water. It's a badly-needed resource. Some 97 percent of all the water on our planet is saltwater. And most of the ...
The White House's disregard for funding for Great Lakes restoration and preservation projects is becoming a recurring nightmare. About a year after the Trump administration announced a first attempt to gut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — a move that failed to gain support from ...
All the Great Lakes have significantly above average water levels. The high levels on rivers and the heavy snow left to melt around Lake Superior (which drains down into the other 4 Great Lakes) should make water levels rise a bit further. Lake Superior is up 6″ in the last year and is now 12″ above the ...
More than two thirds of the Great Lakes total area is covered in ice, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Labratory posted a map online Tuesday morning that shows 69.1% of the Great Lakes covered in ice. That's only the second ...
You're not the only one who's freezing this winter. With southern Michigan engulfed in another winter storm, the Great Lakes have crossed the halfway point in ice concentration. Combined, they are 54.36% covered in ice as of Thursday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's ...
Had enough zebra mussels and other invasive species in the Great Lakes? The shipping industry thinks, “apparently not.” We've known for decades that their ships' ballast water has been the primary entryway for invasive species like quagga mussels, “fish ebola” and bloody red shrimp into the Great ...
Get a taste of Midwestern hospitality and see some of the region's scenic areas on a 12-day land and sea Great Lakes tour. The itinerary, organized by Tauck, begins with a two-night stay in Chicago, where participants tour the city and go behind the scenes at Wrigley Field. Advertisement. Next is a ...
Our April pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This” is Dan Egan's “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” an epic portrait of the Great Lakes and the perils they face. Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up to our newsletter.
When ecologists realized that a marsh near Fort Wayne, Ind., could be the Asian carp's back door into the Great Lakes, they rushed to close it. Floods like those seen last week are exactly what they feared: a comingling of waters of the carp-tainted Wabash River, which flows into the Mississippi, and the ...
CLEVELAND, Ohio - In the Great Lakes Theater production of "Misery," Gothic romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Andrew May) wakes to find himself confined to a bed in a haunted farmhouse. The roof is little more than exposed rafters. A shutter hangs drunkenly askew. Its white paint, once bright and cheery, ...
The GLRI brings nearly $300 million to restoration and environmental projects across the Great Lakes. For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is proposing to reduce drastically or eliminate federal support of cleanups for the Great Lakes, but U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg is hoping to convince the ...
Here's a fun, dance-worthy video from Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes for their song, “Wonder Woman,” the first track of their upcoming EP, Chapter Two. In fact, the dancing in this video is what makes is so hypnotizing. The song itself celebrates the strength and resilience of women through its ...
Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 637,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. ... Production in the Southern district, nearly always the second largest steelmaking region after the Great Lakes, rose to 654,000 tons last week, from 641,000 tons the ...


 

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