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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.

Coast Guard warns of falling Lake Erie water temps

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
The recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard Ninth District says warm air temperatures can create a false sense of security for boaters.

State spent $187,000 on bottled water for Toledo

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
The state says it spent $187,000 buying bottled water for Toledo during the algae-related water emergency suffered by Ohio's fourth-largest city earlier this year.

Great Lakes cities found at the intersection of walkable and affordable

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:05
A group that's developed a method of scoring a community's walkability recently listed neighborhoods in a dozen U.S. cities that are not only easy to get around, they're affordable to live in. Five of them are in cities on a Great Lake:

Pink salmon, sea lamprey surprise catches in local rivers

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
Steelhead trout start to leave their summer waters of Lake Erie at this time of year and head up the Northeast Ohio rivers and streams. When aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec of the Cleveland Metroparks surveyed some of those waters in recent days, he found some surprises.

Island resident voices concern of nuclear waste near L. Huron

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
A Manitoulin Island resident was one of many who spoke at a joint review panel of groups and individuals opposed to the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) plan to build a deep geologic repository near Lake Huron.

Ancient sturgeon finally catch a break

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
An estimated $5 billion has been invested over the last 50 years -- including the Deep Tunnel project and dam removals -- in efforts to clean the Milwaukee River in Wisconsin. Now, a crew at Riveredge and many others are working to restore sturgeon to the river.

DNR seeks federal approval to use potash on Christmas Lake to kill zebra mussels

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
If federal and state officials give the OK, Christmas Lake will be the first in Minnesota to use potash to kill off zebra mussels.

Slowly, surely, the St. Clair River overcomes its impairments

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
Nearly 30 years after it was found to be seriously impaired, the St. Clair River in Michigan is making progress towards being removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of "Areas of Concern."

Coalition of groups builds native fish spawning reef near Algonac

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
In Michigan, native fish have a new place to spawn in the St. Clair River and are about to get another one.

Collins shares tale of Toledo water woe

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
Helping cities combat the threat of algal blooms in the Great Lakes has jumped ahead as a national environmental priority because of Toledo's brush with algal toxins, the head of the U.S. EPA told a group of international mayors in Chicago, Ill.

To catch a predator: Citizens enlisted to track invasive species

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
Michigan Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have built an online platform that shows where people can report the presence of non-indigenous species.

Calumet River coal storage site to shut down

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
A company involved in legal skirmishes last year over piles of petroleum coke in Chicago, Ill. has sold its facility, and a second company has been fined $50,000 for violating an order to stop handling coke and coal products.

Wildlife Refuge welcomes new park ranger

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is welcoming a new park ranger to the staff of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge in southeast Michigan.

EPA: 5-year plan for Great Lakes focuses on toxins, invasive species, farm runoff and habitat

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:05
The Obama administration announced a new 5-year plan for the Great Lakes on Wednesday that will accelerate efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff and restore plant and wildlife habitat.

Great Lakes water protection meeting in Chicago

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:05
The summit at the Shedd Aquarium will focus on "potential strategies and collaborative actions to preserve and protect fresh water resources," according to the mayor's office.

Phragmites Management webinar

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:05
Join the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative for a free webinar, Phragmites Management in the US: 40 years of Methods and Outcomes, on Sept. 30. This webinar series is focused on invasive Phragmites and aims to encourage dialogue and technology transfer throughout the Great Lakes region.