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As the Southwestern U.S. struggles with persistent drought, the Great Lakes region is protecting its supply of fresh water -- about a fifth of all the fresh water in the world. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports on the resource's changing social and economic influence.
a restoration project funded by the federal government could bring the Black Tern birds back. The EPA has promised $9.5 million toward building back wetlands, removing invasive species, and creating a barrier beach to protect the bay from future storms.
The growing diversity of outdoor recreation in southeastern Wisconsin -- beyond hunting, fishing and trapping to bird-watching, hiking, photography and dog walking -- has prompted the state Department of Natural Resources to seek more public space for those activities in this corner of the state.
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt met Monday to discuss a new bill that would use grant money to support waterfront revitalization across Wisconsin and the Great Lakes.
The Clean Power Plan is an opportunity to become a cleaner, healthier state, and to take serious steps to address climate change. It guides our state toward what we should be doing more of already -- investing in increased renewable energy and energy efficiency, putting the health of our families before the profits of polluters, and better protecting the clean water that defines our state and drives our economy.
Repairs to a key Great Lakes shipping lock in Sault Ste. Marie are taking longer than originally anticipated. On Monday, Aug. 10, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revised its projected re-opening date for the MacArthur Lock to Aug. 19. The lock was drained Aug. 1 after closing July 29 because of a faulty gate mechanism.
Calumet Specialty Products says it has scrapped plans to build an oil terminal in Superior that could have transferred western U.S. and Canadian oil to tankers to move to eastern refineries.
Concerns about aging oil pipelines were heightened earlier this year after 100,000 gallons of oil spilled near Santa Barbara, coating 97 miles of the California shoreline. Environmental activists in the Midwest warn that the same thing could happen closer to home.
It's time to hold Waukesha accountable for providing safe and clean water to its residents in a way that is respectful of its own residents, the Great Lakes Compact, and the Great Lakes region. Waukesha's current application does not take the future needs of communities of Great Lakes cities like Green Bay into consideration. That is simply unacceptable.
The Erie County Legislature passed a ban on the tiny plastic balls found in things like facial scrubs and toothpaste last month. It would take effect in January. The measure still needs County Executive Mark Poloncarz's signature. He's scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to seek public comment.
The latest issue of Lakeline, a publication of the North American Lake Management Society, is devoted to harmful algal blooms (HABs). U.S. EPA contributors, including Sr. Policy Advisor for Water Ellen Gilinsky, provide perspectives on protecting our water resources from HABs.
The city of Toledo reported today that the level of algal toxins near its western Lake Erie water-intake crib were down from Saturday, and that its water quality dashboard status remains at "watch."
Michigan scientists will conduct a trawl survey to assess fish populations of western Lake Erie.
More trouble as toxic algae is being blamed for triggering a public health advisory at Maumee Bay State Park.
More than 30 volunteers took turns Friday sitting or standing on the lighthouse's third-story balcony as part of the fundraiser, which coincided with National Lighthouse Day; more than $10,000 was raised.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow plans to introduce legislation related to a planned Canadian nuclear waste disposal facility that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron.
The Canadian Shipowners Association and the U.S. Lake Carriers' Association, in a joint statement Monday, said the event needlessly jeopardizes participants and hinders commercial operations "at the height of the shipping season."
While some animal populations are on the rebound, others have vanished.
Here's a look at Toronto's native, invasive and extirpated species.
U.S. Representative Reid Ribble is backing a bill aimed at getting farmers federal help to keep phosphorus from running off into streams. The bill would provide $30 million in grant funding to help farms create buffer zones between fields and streams.
Michigan Island is part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior. There are actually two towers at the lightstation on this island. According to historical documents, the first light was intended to be built on nearby Long Island.