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"Landmarking" study looks at where cool carp go to get hot dates

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 08:05
In the continued fight against the invasive Asian Carp, scientists are trying to learn as much as they can in order to use that knowledge to keep the fish out of the Great Lakes. One thing that's really helpful to know how carp pick up mates.

Great Lakes Mud

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 08:05
GLIN's Site of the Month for July is Great Lakes Mud, a site created by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to promote sediment cleanup and habitat restoration made possible by the Great Lakes Legacy Act, which has cleaned up 2.9 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment through 17 different remediation projects as of 2015.

"Severe" algae bloom in store for Lake Erie

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
A new report from NOAA found that heavy rains throughout the month of June could lead to the largest bloom of harmful algae in the Great Lake since a record-setting event in 2011 covered 2,000 square miles of water in swirling green slime.

Algal bloom data viewer

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
There's a new, easy way to look at data about harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Great Lakes Observing System is coordinating information from sensors placed throughout the Western Lake Erie basin via the Lake Erie HABs Monitoring Network, and presenting the information through a convenient, online viewer.

High water levels, waves eating away at Lake Michigan shore

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
Just a year ago, people could walk down the concrete handicapped-accessible ramp at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk to an expanse of beach; if they took the same walk today, they'd drop off onto rock and into Lake Michigan's waters.

Lake Michigan water levels rising at near record rate

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
While a number of factors contribute to fluctuations in lake levels, research suggests that the catalyst of the 15-year drought was a strong El Nino, an ocean current that brought about warmer waters and greater evaporation rates.

Push is on for completing Soo Locks project

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has shown that it is not economically justified, though a soon-to-be-released report from the Department of Homeland Security is expected to demonstrate the opposite.

Climate change muddies Lake Erie algae solutions

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
U.S. and Canadian scientists and policy makers find themselves caught between galvanizing more support for that 40 percent phosphorus reduction or stepping back and reanalyzing Lake Erie's needs to account more for climate change.

Toledo study looks at regional water plan

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments awarded a $149,890 contract to a team of contractors to analyze how water rates would be affected if the suburban and rural communities split from Toledo and formed their own water treatment and distribution systems.

Minnesota's Forest Lake now has zebra mussels

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported Friday that the invasive species has been found in several parts of the popular northern Washington County lake.

MI Gov. Rick Snyder christens Mackinac Island ferry

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
At the christening ceremony, CEO Bill Shepler said he was determined to build the state-of-the-art, 281-passenger ferry in Michigan. It is the company's sixth and largest passenger ferry in Michigan.

Exhibit shows how Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System serves millions of people daily

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:05
An exhibit opened Saturday at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes extolling the benefits of the Marine Superhighway and how it affects the daily lives of millions of people.

$400K committed toward buying Lake Michigan parcel for dunes sanctuary

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan and White River Township will kick off public fundraising for the purchase of a controversial parcel that would be added to the White River Township Barrier Dunes Sanctuary.

Boblo boat SS Columbia to travel to Buffalo for further restoration

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
The SS Columbia sat virtually abandoned and unprotected from our harsh winters at a dock in Ecorse, Mich., slowly decaying until a group from New York began the slow work to breathe new life back into the 113-year-old beauty.

Authorities encourage owners to register boats after empty kayaks found in Lake Michigan

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
After two recent incidents where empty kayaks washed up on Lake Michigan shores prompting an emergency response, Michigan authorities are reminding owners to register their boats.

Foul odour at Cobourg shore is harmless, Town says

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
The Town of Cobourg, Ont. public works department and water pollution control plant has issued a press release to state that the foul odour coming from the waterfront is due to a prolific but harmless green algae.

Charlevoix County supports new water trail at Beaver Island

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
In Michigan, a potential new water trail for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards may travel 50 miles of Beaver Island shoreline.

EDITORIAL: Lake Erie's issues should trump everything else

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
While Lake Erie is a source of pride and our most precious natural resource, it is also a font of worries. Are we the prudent guardians we should be, with something so valuable right here in our backyard? In the confessional, we might have to admit we are not.

COMMENTARY: Riverfront Stella Niagara Preserve is a remarkable contribution to WNY

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
Safeguarding the Stella Niagara property was profoundly important. The public preserve will enhance tourism and the economy in the area by giving people another destination along the Niagara River, N.Y.

Conservancy pushes access to Detroit riverfront, area economic revitalization

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:05
Over the last several years, Detroit, Mich. riverfront has gone through a major transformation beginning with the launch of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy in 2003, with key partners instrumental in establishing the conservancy.