17, 2009 - Water diversion draws fire: The
growing demands for access to Great Lakes water can best be met through conservation,
a Canadian environmentalist says.
16, 2009 - Tribes work with state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, along with the 11 other
federally recognized Indian tribes in Michigan, are working with the state to
combat global warming.
16, 2009 - Report: Drier South, warmer North, and more bugs:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new climate change science report by the federal
government looks at effects of global warming on specific U.S. regions and forecasts
what's to come
2009 - EPA proposes cleanup plan for Ashland, Wis., Superfund Site; hearing June
29, 7 p.m: (Chicago - June 15, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Region 5 has proposed a cleanup plan for polluted soil, ground water and
sediment at the Ashland/Northern States Power Lakefront Superfund site in Ashland,
June 15, 2009
- USA, Canada to Modernize Great Lakes Water Quality Pact:
(ENS) - The United States and Canada have agreed to update the 37-year-old
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement that commits both countries "to restore
and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of
the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem."
14, 2009 - Lake Superior fish meet contamination risk:
LANSING — The largest, deepest and coldest Great Lake holds another distinction
— the highest levels of the contaminant toxaphene in the region and possibly anywhere
in the world.
2009 - Initiative focusing on Great Lakes moving forward:
The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee today approved full
funding for the new $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which addresses
threats to the Great Lakes, including invasive species, toxic pollution and habitat
2009 - Wind turbines could be on Great Lakes in 3 years:
The first wind turbine development on the Great Lakes could be built within
three years or so, experts on offshore wind power said during a conference Wednesday
2009 - Official vows to fight Lake Huron pipeline:
The drain commissioner of a county with Lake Huron shoreline plans to sue
if a plan to tap the lake for 85 million gallons of water a day is approved by
June 9, 2009
- The Battle to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes:
After a long delay, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced
plans to power up a $9 million electrical barrier designed to keep Asian carp,
an invasive species, out of Lake Michigan. The barrier had been scheduled for
operation in late January, but plans were halted when defective cooling pipes
were discovered. Now that they have been replaced, the barrier can be switched
June 9, 2009 - Archeological
Evidence Of Human Activity Found: More than
100 feet deep in Lake Huron, on a wide stoney ridge that 9,000 years ago was a
land bridge, University of Michigan researchers have found the first archeological
evidence of human activity preserved beneath the Great Lakes.
8, 2009 - Bacteria lurk as swimmers hit Lake Erie beaches:
With schools on summer vacation, families soon will flock to Lake Erie
beaches to swim while trying to avoid gut-wrenching encounters with bacteria.
8, 2009 - Cheboygan County threatens lawsuit to stop Genesee County water pipeline:
Cheboygan County, Michigan, is threatening to go to court to stop Genesee
County's proposed water pipeline to Lake Huron.
7, 2009 - Many surprised by coal ash dumping: Recent
revelations that the S.S. Badger dumps all of its coal ash waste -- hundreds of
tons each sailing season -- into Lake Michigan have caught many people by surprise.
5, 2009 - New Lake Michigan “Czar” Has History of Blind Eye Toward Pollution:
You remember Cameron Davis don’t you? He is the president of the Alliance
for the Great Lakes, the “environmental” organization that was napping (for several
years now) while the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) has poured
billions of gallons of raw sewage into Lake Michigan.
5, 2009 - Waukesha asked not to apply for lake water until rules in place:
Waukesha's pursuit of Lake Michigan water is likely headed for a logjam
of delays because state rules are not in place to guide the thirsty community
through a potentially thorny quest to gain permission by other Great Lakes states
to turn on the tap, Milwaukee officials and environmental advocates say.
4, 2009 - Congressional leaders call for BP investigation: MERRILLVILLE
- Nineteen members of Congress from Great Lakes states are calling for the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency to investigate whether BP is complying with its
air, water and land pollution permits.
4, 2009 - Obama appoints Cameron Davis as Great Lakes czar:
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama has named Cameron Davis,
president of a Chicago-based environmentalist group, to oversee the administration's
initiative to clean up the Great Lakes.
3, 2009 - New York's Right to Strictly Regulate Ballast Water Validated:
The New York State Supreme Court has upheld the state's authority to require
large ships dumping ballast water in state waters to meet a stricter standard
than that of the federal government.
2, 2009 - EPA: Ludington carferry must stop dumping slurry:
LUDINGTON, Mich. - One of the nation's last operating coal-fired passenger
ships could be left high and dry unless operators comply with new federal regulations
banning its discharge of coal slurry into Lake Michigan.
1, 2009 - A river ... runs through it:
for nearly a century, the Lower Don Lands is set for a major -- and green -- restoration.
From an industrial wasteland to a well-planned environmentally friendly masterpiece
-- in 25 years.
2009 - We put in lakes what we take out: The
first Europeans to visit Lake Huron described it as La Mer Douce, the Sweetwater
Sea, an expanse of translucent water nearly as large as Greece.
31, 2009 - Judging zebras' stripes: Our view:
Tiny mussels in the Chesapeake a threat of unknown proportions
31, 2009 - River report clogs scrutiny
Lack of time, data an issue, groups
say: You have just about a month to comment
on the draft report of a study looking at water flows in the St. Clair River.
31, 2009 - Waukesha prepares reply to queries on Lake Michigan water plan:
Waukesha - After nearly five months, environmental groups monitoring
the Water Utility's bid for Lake Michigan water should get further details this
week on the proposal to annually pipe billions of gallons to this city.
May 30, 2009 - Stopping foreign
invaders at sea: ALBANY -- A state Supreme
Court justice has upheld rules designed to stop the spread of foreign invasive
species into the Hudson River and Great Lakes from ballast water dumped by international
May 28, 2009 -
EPA announces almost $279 million in Recovery Act funds for water infrastructure
projects in Ohio to boost economy, create jobs and protect public health:
CHICAGO - In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies,
improve aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and protect human health
and the environment for people in the State of Ohio, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has awarded almost $279 million to Ohio Environmental Protection
May 28, 2009
- Genesee County wants to tap into Lake Huron: Lansing --
A request from Genesee County to tap into Lake Huron for future water needs could
provide a litmus test for the Great Lakes Compact and its protections for the
region's greatest natural resource.
27, 2009 - Oilsands companies must report contents of waste ponds:
EDMONTON Albertans can soon find out just how toxic the oilsands
tailings ponds really are, thanks to a Federal Court decision.
26, 2009 - Great Lakes research, laws are shifting focus:
Though the Great Lakes have been the driving force behind many environmental
laws since the early 1970s, they soon may undergo a moderate shift in how they're
researched and regulated for future generations.
25, 2009 - NY stewards try to stop spread of invasive species:
ALBANY, N.Y. - When boaters show up this summer to Great Sacandaga
Lake in the lower Adirondacks they are likely to be met at public launch sites
by stewards asking to check for alien plants or animals.
25, 2009 - Fish on drugs: Discarded pharmaceuticals
are threatening health of the Great Lakes. Water, water, everywhere. But is it
fit to drink?
2009 - New wastewater technology could help clean up lakes:
Its the most exciting news since you first learned to use the big
toilet by yourself SJE-Rhombus has a new treatment system that could be
the next great thing for the health of Minnesota lakes.
24, 2009 - Erb Family Foundation nurtures culture, safe water:
THE CAUSE: The foundation's mission is to nurture environmentally healthy
and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit and support initiatives to
restore the Great Lakes basin.
24, 2009 - Can water privatization keep Milwaukee's budget afloat?:
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's "state of the city" speech this
year outlined an audacious plan for Milwaukee to stake its claim as the freshwater
capital of the world.
23, 2009 - Troubled Water: Thirty years
ago, newspaper headlines declared Lake Erie "dead." It was the kind
of news that shocked us into action.
20, 2009 - Great Lakes Day helps students appreciate nature:
Elizabeth Sawicki's kindergarten class Tuesday stood at the edge of the
lake, judging sand castles. Seagulls dotted the sky and a few feet away waves
crashed ashore. It was almost like they really were having a day at the beach.
20, 2009 - Great Lakes water-level study to be presented: Communities
Review lake water-level study: A team of international scientists who
studied decreasing water levels in the upper Great Lakes from the 1960s through
2006 will listen to public comment and present their findings.
19, 2009 - Compact fees worry public utilities: A
municipal water utilities lobbying group is raising concerns about new fees the
governor is proposing to fund staff to oversee the implementation of the Great
Lakes water compact.
18, 2009 - Meeting on lakes spotlights UT's gains:
To the layman, a conference being held at the University of Toledo this
week may appear to be just the latest in a confusing collection of Great Lakes
May 18, 2009 -
THE WIND AT THEIR BACKS: Four generations
and 80 years ago, Myron Kaplans grandmother founded Pearl Road Auto Parts
in a grimy little box-trailer in the middle of a small pile of dead cars. It was
likely the first good example of a recycling business in town.
18, 2009 - Conservation rising: One of the
few people applauding the rise in Saginaw's water rates is Phillippa Cannon. Cannon,
a spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said as rates increase,
citizens will look to conserve water to save money and, unwittingly, do the planet
2009 - Beach clean-up events highly successful: The
Park Department is expanding its beach management program to include techniques
which have proved to be successful in other Great Lakes communities, to improve
the health of our water and coastline.
15, 2009 - Great Lakes boosters praise Obama budget:
President Obamas proposed $475 million infusion into Great Lakes
cleanup and restoration received broad support Thursday from a coalition of business,
environmental and government groups.
14, 2009 - Minnesota group to challenge Lake Superior ballast water rules:
ST. PAUL, Minn. An environmental group challenging Minnesota's regulations
on ship ballast water on Lake Superior will make its case before the Minnesota
Court of Appeals today.
12, 2009 - A dramatic journey through the Great Lakes:
The Great Lakes are being seen as they never have before courtesy of a
new film celebrating Earth's greatest freshwater ecosystem.
12, 2009 - Michigans crucial wetlands oversight:
When it comes to talking green, Gov. Jennifer Granholm can hang with any
politician. Hardly a day goes by that she fails to remind us that Michigans
future depends on developing a sustainable economy based on renewable energy,
energy efficiency and stewardship over Michigans unique natural resources,
particularly the Great Lakes.
12, 2009 - Group extends remarks period for lake study:
Responding to public pressure, authors of a controversial study exploring
the causes of mysteriously low water on Lakes Michigan and Huron will postpone
their July 1 deadline for public comments.
11, 2009 - Michigan wetlands at risk in budget crisis; Granholm seeks to shift
oversight to feds, saving $2M: Lansing --
Environmentalists fear that as many as a million acres of wetlands will fall victim
to a confusing patchwork of local rules that will leave them vulnerable to destruction
if money for Michigan's protection program dries up.
11, 2009 - Upgraded status sought
in Ohio for once-dead river:
CLEVELAND A regional clean water group and Ohio environmental
officials say Cleveland's Cuyahoga (keye-uh-HOH'-guh) River is not nearly as polluted
as it once was.
2009 - Ill winds blow no good to Great Lakes, experts say:
LANSING As contaminated sediment is cleaned up in the Great Lakes,
persistent pollutants continue to blow in, threatening again to poison soil and
harm human health, experts say.
7, 2009 - Obama's new budget documents reveal few details on his Great Lakes plans:
WASHINGTON It's like reading a major-city phone book. Unfortunately,
we'll have to wait for the next volume -- or for the author to reveal coming secrets
-- to learn more about President Barack Obama's plans for the Great Lakes.
7, 2009 - EPA Pumps Budget $$ into Water Infrastructure, Great Lakes:
For the first time in eight years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
budget has not been cut, it has been increased. Today, EPA Administrator Lisa
Jackson released the agency's $10.5 billion budget blueprint for fiscal year 2010,
which she said, "takes significant strides to ensure that our air, land,
and water are safe and clean."
5, 2009 - New Partners to Engage Public on Lawn Care near Great Lakes:
The Alliance for the Great Lakes and The Scotts Miracle-Gro announced on
April 30 a multi-year, regional partnership focused on public education about
simple lawn care tips to enhance water quality.
4, 2009 - Utility sees support for shift to lake water; Waukesha official cites
tests on aquifer: Waukesha Water levels beneath closed deep
wells are rising, while deep wells still in use continue to drain the already
crippled aquifer, according to a new Waukesha Water Utility report.
1, 2009 - Tribe to begin removing barrels from Lake Superior near Duluth:
The Red Cliff Band of Chippewa will begin removing rusty, half-century-
old Department of Defense barrels from Lake Superior near Duluth this summer.
1, 2009 - Study: Upper Great Lakes not losing extra water. DETROIT
- Lakes Huron and Michigan are not losing an unnaturally high volume of water
to Lake Erie, and there is no need to place barriers in the St. Clair River to
stem the outflow as a Canadian group is demanding, says an engineering study released
April 30, 2009
- Port of Green Bay going ahead with dredging projects
Lack of federal funds
won't delay work, Haen says: The Port of Green Bay is forging
ahead with a trio of projects, despite not being in line for funds through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the port director said.
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