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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.

Environmental DNA pinpointing Buffalo Harbor invasive species

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:05
Researchers are combing the waters of New York and testing samples for eDNA. The results will allow quicker action to protect native fish and plants from damage.

55 years ago: Queen opens St Lawrence Seaway that connects Great Lakes to Atlantic in Canada

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:05
Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2,300-mile St Lawrence Seaway that connects the American side of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean in eastern Canada on June 26, 1959, 55 years ago. She marked the occasion by sailing down the water highway in the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Indiana seeks to slow spread of Asian carp

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:05
The lack of dams along the Wabash River keeps the current steady and strong in places and is helping to slow the spread of the Asian carp in Indiana, but state officials still are looking for ways to control the invasive species.

Lake Huron shipwrecks offer an underwater window into history

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:05
Lake Huron waters are home to many diverse shipwrecks preserved by the cold, fresh waters of the Great Lakes. These underwater treasures reflect the past while providing stories and experiences for those visiting these historic shipwreck sites, today.

Cleaned-up White Lake: EPA official calls delisting 'huge,' may happen by October

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
After nearly 30 years on an international list of the most toxic bodies of water in the Great Lakes region, a largely cleaned-up White Lake is finally on the verge of removal.

U.S. shippers side with Canadians in protest of inspection fees

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
Canadian shipping companies aren't the only ones rallying against increased inspection fees proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Several U.S. companies also oppose the proposed fee increase for agricultural quarantine and inspection services of ships from $496 to $825 US per inspection.

Tribes ask EPA to intervene in Gogebic iron mine proposal

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by the state regulators and another federal agency.

Ohioans support action to preserve Great Lakes, poll finds

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
A bipartisan majority of Ohioans supports stronger rules to curb runoff pollution from farms that's believed to contribute to harmful algal blooms, according to a new poll.

Canadian shipping protests proposed fee hike in U.S. inspection fees

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
Fee hikes being proposed by the U.S. government for inspections of Canadian ships coming from the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence are prompting the Chamber of Marine Commerce, a bi-national marine industry association.

Warning of 'disaster,' two Cayuga County state reps seek rejection of Lake Ontario plan

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
Two of Cayuga County's state representatives want Congress to reject a plan developed by the International Joint Commission that recommends allowing water levels to vary naturally in order to restore Lake Ontario's wetlands.

Great Lakes mayors honor Highland Park for water conservation measures

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
The City of Highland Park, Ill. has been honored by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative for adopting a forward-thinking water conservation program.

As delays snag Keystone XL, momentum builds for pipeline to Canada's east coast

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
As the U.S. delays reviewing the Keystone XL proposal, experts say momentum has swelled for a plan to build a pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Canada's east coast -- crossing numerous waterways, including the St. Lawrence River.

Inland tidal wave: Severe weather produces rare seiche on Gun Lake in West Michigan

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
A severe thunderstorm produced a seiche (a phenomenon similar to a tsunami but on an inland lake) on Gun Lake, between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Mich.

Negotiations halted between St. Lawrence Government Task Force and NYPA

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
Negotiations between the New York Power Authority and a task force of St. Lawrence county officials have broken down in a dispute about additional benefits that local leaders are demanding as part of the relicensing of the St. Lawrence-FDR hydropower dam.

Tougher federal standards put Michigan beach testing funds in jeopardy

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:05
Michigan could lose $266,000 this year in federal grant money that allows it to test waters at area beaches, because it hasn't adopted a tougher pollution standard that many claim will lead to unnecessary closings.

Water level drop expected to hit property values on Great Lakes

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:05
The Low Water Blues report conducted for the Council of the Great Lakes Region warns that if water levels in the St. Lawrence Ontario area remain near the low end of the historic range for sustained periods, the long-term economic impact across various sectors could total $18.82-billion by 2050.

Great Lakes communities struggle against proposed nuclear waste facility

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:05
As the approval process for the Deep Geologic Repository, or DGR, nears an end, some concerned citizens have started a petition asking lawmakers in Canada, as well as the United States, to block the approval of the proposed nuclear waste repository near the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site in Kincardine, Ontario.

Algae blooms act as bodyguards for bacteria in Great Lakes

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:05
University at Buffalo researchers have found that green algae in the Great Lakes not only protect bacteria from destruction by the sun's ultraviolet rays, but can feed these organisms, allowing bacteria populations to grow unheeded. Extreme amounts of bacteria can force officials to close a beach for public safety.