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While the recurrence of toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie may stir painful memories of the 1960-70s when Lake Erie was declared dead, don't lose hope. There are many programs working to improve conditions.
Record low water levels spurred the Michigan government to spend over $20 million on dredging to enable recreational and commercial boating to continue. Some worry that the dredging may have other costs.
Earlier this month, the city of Whitehall, Mich., earned recognition for transforming a section of a major roadway into a "green street" that helps prevent contaminants from entering White Lake.
The rains have brought the Des Plaines River on the east side of Chicago to major flood stage, and a record flood crest is expected. Asian Carp is present in the Des Plaines River. Weather Underground analyzes the data and briefly reviews the Asian carp control measures in place.
They have a different taste, like squid. The French eat them with delight.
The Army Corp of Engineers now has the funding it needs to perform maintenance dredging in Oak Orchard, Olcott and Wilson harbours.
The overflow began early Thursday morning after heavy rains sent excess flows of water into city sewers.
Campaigns to keep them out of the lake have been mostly successful over the years, but what happens when a flash flood tampers with previous safeguards?
For the first time since July 2011, they opened locks and sluice gates separating the Chicago River system from the lake, allowing millions of gallons of raw and partially treated waste to flow with runoff into the water supply for 7 million people in Chicago and the suburbs.
Duluth has a new all-time snowfall mark for April, shattering the old mark with 8 inches in the current storm to make the monthly total 32 inches. The old record was 31.6 inches, set in 1950.
Overall, Great Lakes cargo is down 7 percent in March over last year, and up slightly for the five-year average.
The economic output of the Great Lakes region is so big it ranks ahead of Germany, France, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Further, if the region were a country it would rank as the fourth largest economy in the world behind the United States, China and Japan.
The federal government should use the money collected in harbor maintenance taxes to increase dredging ports and waterways around the nation, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director Adolph Ojard told a U.S. House subcommittee Tuesday.
As storms poured heavy rain on southeastern Wisconsin early Thursday, combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood started overflowing to local rivers and Lake Michigan.
Lake trout populations in Lake Erie, which were never abundant, are struggling due to poor water quality and sea lamprey.
The Army Corps of Engineers has committed to dredging a series of harbors along Lake Ontario in 2014, New York Congressman Chris Collins announced Monday.
Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, on Wednesday said $2 billion in improvements to the system and its ships could mean more business for Thunder Bay.
The spring has been cold and wet not only for anglers, but for the fish they are angling for.
Michigan congresswoman, Candice Miller, is pressing the Army Corps of Engineers to account for how much water Illinois is diverting from Lake Michigan at a time of historic low water levels in the Great Lakes.
The Illinois Coastal Management Program has a new tool to listen to how the public wants to restore and protect coastal resources