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Despite cleaner St. Clair River flowing into Lake Erie, harmful algal blooms continue

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
Even though 80 percent of Lake Erie's water flows from the upper lakes, the cleaner water of the St. Clair River, which moves downstream through Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, has not prevented harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

Despite harmful algal blooms, Lake Erie is relatively healthy

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
Lake Erie has an environmental split-personality: A relatively robust lake in terms of its general health and a simultaneous and perhaps worsening presence of harmful algal blooms.

Lamprey steal show at derby

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
During the second day of the 27th annual Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular, in Owen Sound, Ontario crowds gathered around a tank of live sea lamprey brought to the derby this year by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Lake Michigan death spurs action on rip current awareness

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
Rip currents are a fact of life not only in oceans but also the Great Lakes.

Boat show draws more than 2,000 to E. Toledo

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
The National Museum of the Great Lakes grounds buzzed over the weekend as more than 2,000 visitors attended the Toledo, Ohio Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Summer vacation researching lakes

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Chicago Riverwalk extension no cakewalk

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
Building land on water isn't an everyday job, and the $100 million project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk requires more than getting toes wet.

Lake Erie's problems were solved in the '70s

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:05
Lake Erie was dying in the late 1960s and early 1970s and came back only after a huge effort.

PROJECT: ICE in Grand Rapids

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
On Sept. 8, PROJECT: ICE, a documentary about the Great Lakes, will be screened at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. The screening event will include a happy hour and a Q&A session with director Bill Kleinert and an informal afterglow with members of the production crew. Registration is required.

Algae-produced microcystin may follow blooms across lake

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
From the boat docks of Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, practically a stone's throw from the party headquarters known as Put-in-Bay tiny green specs are in the early stages of bunching up and floating on Lake Erie's surface. It's been an all-too-familiar sight to Great Lakes scientists who use that lab, the oldest freshwater field station in the United States, since 1995.

Waukegan spends $30K to replace 110 infected ash trees

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
The Waukegan City Council approved the purchase of $30,000 worth of new trees to plant on parkways and other public areas, replacing trees doomed by the emerald ash borer. This work is part of a reforestation effort funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and coordinated locally by the Waukegan Park District.

10 tons of contaminated soil removed from Buffalo River each minute

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
All day and all night, every single minute, a crane lifts about 10 tons of soil from the bottom of the Buffalo River, N.Y. Sometimes it digs 25 feet down into the muck and pulls up soil contaminated with PCBs, lead and mercury, which is hauled away for storage at the old Bethlehem Steel site.

Fishing industry business leaders discuss Asian carp

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
John Pampu, CEO of Big Jon Sports in Interlochen, Mich., has one warning for the businesses that rely on the Great Lakes fishing industry. "If this goes away, so does your millions of dollars," he said.

Group pushes action to restore water levels sooner than later

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
The recent rise in the Georgian Bay water levels masks the underlying issues. That's according to Roger Gauthier, Chair of Restore Our Water International (ROWI) who met with Blue Mountains residents on Saturday at the Thornbury Waterfront Pavilion.

COMMENTARY: Phil Pavlov: We must protect our Great Lakes

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
For those of us in the Thumb, Lake Huron is a treasure and a centerpiece of both our "Pure Michigan" lifestyles and our economy. Lake Huron is now being threatened by plans to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the water's edge in Kincardine, Ontario

Stabenow announces funds to protect Great Lakes

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
Senator Debbie Stabenow has announced that the USDA is offering up two-million dollars to preserve water quality in the Great Lakes.

COMMENTARY: Mine disaster could happen to Lake Superior

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
The mine disaster at Mount Polley demonstrates that modern tailings dams based on proven engineering principles cannot guarantee our safety and a similar disaster could happen at the open pit iron mine proposed in the Penokee Hills above Lake Superior.

Ports commission hears positive news about Burns Harbor

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:05
Business at the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor continues to grow with more ships use the facility this year and more cargo tonnage processed.

City paying to have Black River Canal dredged

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:05
In Port Huron, Mich. the gate where the Black River Canal flows out of Lake Huron will be closed for two more days so the canal can be dredged.

Lake Huron coast watchers needed

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:05
The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation is looking for volunteers to help them monitor conditions along the shoreline.