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Rep. Chris Collins to Meet with Lawmakers Over Concerns of Lake Ontario

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will join local lawmakers in Orleans County Wednesday morning to discuss concerns with the International Joint Committee's new guidelines for water levels on Lake Ontario.

Sewage, stormwater prompt swim ban at all Lake Michigan beaches

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
A swim ban has been issued at all Lake Michigan beaches due to water quality, according to the Chicago Park District.

'Landing Blitz' to educate boaters on invasive species

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers and Department of Natural Resources staff will be at boat launches throughout the state during the July 4 weekend helping boaters inspect their boats and learn the necessary steps to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Families learn how scientists study the Great Lakes

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
It was a perfect, cool evening Tuesday for Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center to team up with the Portage Lake District Library for a night of hands-on activities for families to participate in the program, "Learn How Scientists Study the Great Lakes."

Gypsy moths cause trouble in Lake and Cook counties

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
A gypsy moth infestation that has been creeping from Europe westward has appeared along the Lake Superior coast, forcing the state Department of Agriculture to begin enforcing its first gypsy moth quarantine, reports John Myers of the Duluth News Tribune.

Storm forces officials to open Lake Michigan locks

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
The hard rain that pummeled Chicago overnight forced officials to open the locks and sluice gates that protect Lake Michigan, releasing a noxious mix of sewage and storm runoff into the water supply for 7 million people in Chicago and the suburbs.

Groups want tougher action on Great Lakes pipeline

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
Some environmental groups are asking Gov. Rick Snyder to get Michigan government more directly involved in efforts to determine the condition of an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac and to guard against spills.

Chicago Water Walk

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:05
The Chicago Water Walk app (for iOS and Android) explores some of the city's celebrated sites: Navy Pier, the Chicago River, downtown marinas, Buckingham Fountain, and the Museum Campus. As you walk or bike along any or all of the tour routes, you will enrich your experience by learning history, ecology, engineering, and more.

Webster studies using lake to fuel industry

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
In its deepest reaches, Lake Ontario remained around a nippy 40 degrees despite temperatures more than twice as high above the surface on Monday. Business interests have pondered whether it's possible -- or affordable -- to tap the deep, consistently cold water as a cost-effective, energy-efficient means of cooling equipment and facilities for industry.

Sheboygan looks at joining in on new marine sanctuary

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
The Sheboygan Common Council is working with surrounding cities to have a 60-mile stretch of Lake Michigan -- home to 33 known, and likely many more undiscovered, shipwrecks -- designated as a national marine sanctuary.

UWindsor receives $3.5-million in federal research funding

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
The University of Windsor has received $3.5 million in research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Of the total grant, $210,000 will be used to study food webs in the Great Lakes and Arctic ecosystems.

Creeping up on unsuspecting shores: the Great Lakes, in a welcome turnaround

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
After reaching historic lows in 2013, water levels in the Great Lakes are now abruptly on the rise, a development that has startled scientists and thrilled just about everybody with a stake in the waterfront, including owners of beach houses, retailers in tourist areas and dockmasters who run marinas on the lakeshore.

DNR drops plan to use bacteria to kill zebra mussels on northern lake

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
An experimental plan to add bacteria to a Florence County lake to kill zebra mussels has been dropped because of local opposition, including worries from some county officials.

COMMENTARY: Senator concerned about Lake Erie

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
There was no place for clearly drawn party lines, no entrenched camps of opposing philosophical viewpoints, and no polarizing political postures evident early Saturday evening when U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) spoke to a group focused only on the health of Lake Erie.

Great Lakes levels rising - Erie boaters pleased

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
Water levels in the great lakes are up dramatically from historic lows of 2012 and 2013. Several factors are responsible for the rising waters including the frigid winter for low evaporation, lots of snow and a wet spring.

Grants to help water quality having real impact, study finds

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
The $7.5 million worth of grants awarded by the Fund for Lake Michigan in its first three years to protect and improve water quality in southeastern Wisconsin have paid financial dividends many times over across the region, according to a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater economic impact analysis.

Shipwrecks lure divers exploring Great Lakes

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
June through early September is prime time for divers who are drawn to the Great Lakes with intentions of exploring their abundance of shipwrecks, some more than 150 years old.

Is your beach contaminated? Officials clash over beach contamination warnings

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:05
A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare away swimmers.

Tests show abnormally high bacteria count in Lake Erie

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:05
Tests show abnormally high levels of E. Coli. at two Ohio beaches.

COMMENTARY: When Great Lakes thrive, so does Michigan economy

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:05
U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (Holland, Mich.) discusses legislation he sponsored related to dredging and invasive species control in the Great Lakes.