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Lighthouse near Mackinac Island sells for $65,500

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:05
In Michigan, a lighthouse near Mackinac Island has drawn an anonymous $65,500 winning bid at auction.

Cleanup of Radio Tower Bay in Duluth making progress

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:05
In the St. Louis River estuary, the cleanup underway since 2012 is aimed at restoring a more natural ecosystem to the 45-acre bay in the hope that it will serve as a nursery for fish and a nesting area for birds and wildlife.

Lake Erie still green with algae and an inconvenience to state park visitors

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:05
At Sterling Park in Monroe, Mich., while the algal bloom hasn't caused health problems recently, it's still a major inconvenience to campers out at the state park who come to fish, boat or swim.

Lighthouse near Mackinac Island sells for $65,500

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:05
In Michigan, a lighthouse near Mackinac Island has drawn an anonymous $65,500 winning bid at auction.

Piecing together Lake Michigan shoreline: State has eyes on McClendon land

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:05
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is leading a drive to get a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to buy at least 150 acres of a 315-acre privately held land in Saugatuck Township.

Fall color in the Great Lakes

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:05
A few days after autumn showed up on the calendar, it showed up on the landscape of North America. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured great views of fall colors around the Great Lakes on Sept. 26.

Essar Steel announces financing secured to finish iron mine, plant

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:05
Iron ore producer Essar Steel Minnesota LLC announced Wednesday it has secured funding for an open-pit iron ore mine, as well as facilities for crushing, concentrating and pelletizing - a project the Hibbing-based company said will benefit the residents and economy of the Iron Range.

Slash phosphorus flowing into Lake Erie, Great Lakes Commission says

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:05
The Commission said this week that it is seeking a 40% reduction of the lake's annual load of phosphorus.

Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude-oil train rules

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:05
Warning that a crude-oil train derailment in the densely populated Chicago, Ill., area could result in "unthinkable" devastation, city and suburban officials are calling for stricter rules on hazardous material shipments than the federal government has proposed.

Seaway sees cargo shipments climb 5 percent in September over one year ago

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:05
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date cargo shipments of more than 24 million metric tons moved through the system for the period March 28 to Sept.30 - an increase of nearly 5 percent over September 2013.

Largest ever shipwreck in Lake Ontario located

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:05
The largest ship ever to sink in Lake Ontario has been located off the coast of Niagara County by a prolific group of local lake explorers.

Dramatic increases in crude oil production and transportation via rail

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:05
The Great Lakes Commission is inviting comments on a draft report that evaluates the potential benefits and risks surrounding the transport of crude oil in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. The draft report is available online, and comments will be accepted through Dec. 1.

Masse tables bill to combat invasive carp in the Great Lakes

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:05
A Windsor MP is taking steps to help combat invasive species in the Great Lakes with a new private members bill.

1926 steamship wreck found in Lake Ontario

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
Underwater explorers say they've found the wreck of a 253-foot British-built steamship that sank off Lake Ontario's western New York shore after colliding with another vessel nearly 90 years ago. The four-man team says it found the wreck of the Nisbet Grammer in more than 500 feet of water.

Scientists: Lake Erie silt dumping isn't fueling algae

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
The study released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finds that sediment dumped into the lake isn't a main source of the phosphorus that feeds the algae.

Team passionate about shipwreck preservation studying zebra mussels on whaleback in Lake Superior

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
If Superior's colder water has kept the invasives at bay thus far, the team says that's cause for greater concern when the Lake goes through a warm streak.

NWI woman to represent Indiana on Great Lakes Commission

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
Gov. Mike Pence has named the Northwest Indiana Forum's environmental specialist Kay Nelson to represent Indiana on the Great Lakes Commission. Nelson, who worked previously with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, joined the Forum in 1998.

Webinar: Exploring Snowfall in the U.S.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
Snowfall has a large impact on communities, from road maintenance to water resources management. The next in the OSU Climate Change Webinar Series will explore snowfall trends in the United States and the Great Lakes region and introduce regions that show significant change in snowfall, including an increasing trend in the upper Midwest.

NYPA orders two tugs from Great Lakes Shipyard

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
Great Lakes Shipyard has been contracted by New York Power Authority (NYPA) to build and deliver two new tugboats for the Authority's Niagara River Ice Boom Operations in Buffalo, N.Y.

MARAD awards university $400,000 to research LNG bunkers for the Great Lakes

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) has announced it has been awarded $400,000 by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to research liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative marine fuel on the Great Lakes.