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Written off as doomed, native mussels survive zebra mussel invasion

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:05
In the Great Lakes, invasive mussel species came close to wiping out native mussels, but significant remnant populations of native mussels have been discovered in the last 15 years and appear to be thriving.

Michigan DNR takes salmon eggs for stocking in Manistee County

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
This week, Michigan DNR biologists will collect millions of chinook eggs, fertilize them and then take them directly to hatcheries to support the Great Lakes salmon fishery.

Low water levels above Moses-Saunders dam

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
A number of normally submerged areas remain accessible due to a regulated increase of flow through the Moses-Saunders Dam on the St. Lawrence River.

EDITORIAL: Worth Township, Mich. finally doing right by our lake

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
Worth Township, Mich. is taking steps to do something about its sewage discharges into Lake Huron.

Leadership of Toledo's water treatment changing again

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
The former commissioner in charge of the plant resigned in August, about three weeks after an algae-related water emergency in Toledo. He was replaced by environmental services commissioner Tim Murphy, who announced Tuesday that he'll resign, too, effective next month.

Sixth baby beluga carcass found on St. Lawrence this year

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
The carcass of another newborn beluga whale was found on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, troubling scientists concerned about increasingly threatened beluga populations in the region. Experts partly attribute the higher mortality rates to increased maritime traffic and oil drilling.

Farmers hope to defeat regulation

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
Farmers are concerned about a proposal that could lead to greater federal oversight of agricultural lands with the intent to reduce the flow of nutrients into major waterways like the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin DNR to hold Lake Michigan yellow perch meeting Oct. 23 in Milwaukee

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
The meeting signals a new willingness on the part of the Wisconsin DNR to publicly consider pro-active management of the perch population. Such strategies could include stocking and habitat improvement.

Environmental groups take Great Lakes safety to Illinois politicians

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
Groups concerned about the safety of the Great Lakes are taking their case to Illinois political leaders.

Former Great Lakes chief Patty Birkholz: 'No silver bullet' for Asian carp after invader's DNA found in Kalamazoo River

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
As the former director of the state Office of the Great Lakes and a long-time legislator who worked to protect the environment, Patty Birkholz said that finding DNA of Asian carp in the Kalamazoo River is a clear warning that trouble could follow.

Four Great Lakes states rank among top in energy efficiency

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:05
Four of the top 10 states in energy efficiency are from the Great Lakes region, according to a personal finance advice website.

Asian carp DNA found in southwestern Michigan

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that while Asian carp DNA has been detected in the lower Kalamazoo River, there are no indications of an actual fish population in the river, which is a tributary of Lake Michigan.

Montreal protesters chain themselves to refinery fence

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
Protester Corinne Trubiano explained: "Our goal is to create a wave of citizen mobilization to say no to any kind of transport of fossil fuels, by pipeline, by train, by boat, to counter what is the worst polluting industry of our planet, the tar sands."

Burns Harbor receives first shipment of windmill blades in years

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor recently had its first shipment of windmill blades and towers in three years as cargo picked up on the Great Lakes.

Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great Lakes

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
Researchers tested water samples from tanks containing small fish for sale as bait at more than 500 shops across the eight states on the lakes and found that 27 tested positive for invasive species' DNA.

Ex-councilman wants algae crisis to be wake-up call

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
A former Toledo city councilman-turned-environmental-activist told about 30 members of the Lucas County Bar Association on Monday he hopes the region's algae-induced water crisis is a wake-up call that galvanizes people.

Researcher: Tax phosphorous to reduce algae threat in Lake Erie

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
Ohio State University Professor Brent Sohngen says a 25% percent tax on phosphorous could reduce concentrations by about eight percent in the Maumee and Sandusky rivers that flow into Lake Erie.

Lake Superior water level at highest point for September since '98

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
Lake Superior's water level keeps rising, at a time when it normally drops. The current level is the highest for a September since 1998. It's 9 inches higher than in September of last year.

COMMENTARY: The Great Lakes ballast water challenge

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
While IMO and USCG approved system announcements are pending, which may mean owners want to "wait and see", it is still necessary to plan and budget now for the very great likelihood of the coming in to force of the convention within the next two to three years.

Conference at Marquette focuses on Great Lakes, health care, energy

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:05
The conference, which runs Thursday and Friday, focuses on issues raised by the work of three professional journalists who spent the 2013-'14 academic year on campus completing projects with the assistance of students.